Social enterprise opens Two Good Co. Cafe in landmark Darlinghurst building

Many Sydneysiders will get their first peek inside the former First Church of Christ, Scientist building with the ...
Many Sydneysiders will get their first peek inside the former First Church of Christ, Scientist building with the opening of Two Good Co. Cafe. Photo: Ken Spain

The 1927 First Church of Christ, Scientist building in Darlinghurst is a local landmark. Looking more like a city hall or grand library than a former church, the building on the corner of Liverpool and Forbes streets has been both mysterious and impenetrable. Until now.

Social enterprise Two Good Co launches its cafe at Yirranma Place, in the redeveloped building this week.

Jo Rosenberg, head of good food at Two Good Co, says the cafe's opening gives many Sydneysiders their first peek at the grand building's interior: "There's a lot of curiosity about the building, which was privately owned and a residence for a number of years."

Cauliflower cheese toastie from chef Darren Robertson.
Cauliflower cheese toastie from chef Darren Robertson. Photo: Ken Spain

Designed by SJB Architects, the cafe's reflective floating counter might just be the mirror ball for cafe culture. Smart surrounds are matched by snacks from some of our favourite chefs.

Two Good Co has recipe collaborations with a range of chefs, so they'll kick off with two recipes from Darren Robertson (Three Blue Ducks), a cauliflower cheese toastie and a salad of Italian sausage, pear, lentils and watercress.

August specials will be curated by Belinda Jeffery, and Matt Moran's croque monsieur steps up in September.

Robertson's salad of Italian sausage, pear, lentils and watercress will be on the menu.
Robertson's salad of Italian sausage, pear, lentils and watercress will be on the menu. Photo: Ken Spain

The social enterprise began with an organic soup kitchen established by former engineer Rob Caslick, and has branched out to sell restaurant quality salads and soups, supply meals for refuges and shelters, and provide employment pathway programs for vulnerable women.

The cafe, a partnership with the Paul Ramsay Foundation, also offers a concierge service for the building, which houses co-working spaces, an art gallery and recital hall.

As well as selling its own products, Two Good Co. Cafe will also sell from like-minded producers and social enterprises, says Rosenberg. So you can stock up with bread from The Bread & Butter Project, Kua Coffee and tea from Mood and T Totaler.

Open Mon-Fri 7am-3pm.

262 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst