Last Friday we had breakfast for lunch at Little Bird Cafe on Lake. Located at 100 Lake Street in Northbridge, this growing cafe offers up a treat. We started off sitting outside, however the table behind us were being extremely loud and noisy (they were literally shouting and screaming at each other even though they were right next to each other) so we decided to find a quieter spot inside. I'm not quite sure what's going on with the decor and furniture at Little Bird. There are four distinct sections within the building. One is the outside where we first sat, the second is a outdoor patio area, the third is a hip and funky area in front of the counter and the fourth is a large seating area that looks too formal and strange. I think the fourth section used to belong a cafe called Overflow that ran out of business and left behind huge paintings and tables and chairs, and Little Bird has knocked down the wall to make the cafe bigger. You know that atmosphere that's found at bustling hip cafes? The one that makes you feel all leisurely and trendy? You can find this atmosphere at Little Bird, although, not in the fourth section.
Little Bird offers an all day breakfast and they also specialise in burgers. A lot of the dishes come with gluten free options and takes in consideration of several dietary requirements, like dairy intolerance and vegetarianism. I think that's great! Little Bird also has a great selection of smoothies and fresh juices. I ordered the peanut butter and chocolate smoothie, my sister ordered the banana and coconut smoothie and my mum ordered the super juice with beetroot, ginger, apple and I think oranges? All were so yum! My smoothie was quite decadent and heavy, but I thoroughly enjoyed it because banana, chocolate and peanut butter is a combination made in heaven! Here's a tip though, don't order it if you're going to order something heavy, it gets a bit too much!
When I looked at the menu, my eyes were immediately drawn to the coconut and buckwheat pancakes, which was gluten and dairy free! I just love the taste of coconut and buckwheat and I was intrigued at the flavour combinations! The presentation was so beautifully fresh and dainty. The pancakes, or rather the pancake was perfectly cooked. It was fluffy and slightly crispy on the edges and had a distinct buckwheat flavour. The coconut didn't come out as strong however. It came with a generous amount of cashew cream, sliced fresh bananas and strawberries, crushed pistachios, blitzed up biscuit like crumbs and maple syrup in a cute little bottle. It also came with colourful edible flowers, which surprisingly didn't really tastes like anything, althought I expected it to have a grassy taste. The strawberries also added a zingy taste to the dish that balanced the dish out. The cashew cream was wow. It had a subtle nutty sweetness to it and it was so smooth. I think I actually prefer it to normal cream!
|Coconut and Buckwheat Pancakes with Cashew Cream and Maple: $19.90|
To balance out the sweetness of the pancakes, we ordered the pumpkin fritters with haloumi to add a bit of saltiness. I think it was deep fried, making it more on the heavier side, but it did taste good! Haloumi really is a fantastic cheese, it's texture is almost like firm tofu, which I love. Again, the presentation was so pretty, especially the pomegranate which added little red gems of colour and juicy sweetness to the dish.
|Pumpkin Fritters and Haloumi: $18.90|
For dessert, we opted for the salted caramel cheesecake! We were given a very generous portion of the rich cake. It was a baked cheesecake, so it was dense and creamy. The salted caramel part of the cheesecake fell short however, there wasn't much of a salty kick to it. Little Bird is an enthusiast when using edible flowers as food decorations which is evident in the use of delicate dried petals, which made it so pretty.
|Salted Caramel Cheesecake: $6.50 (?)|
Overall, Little Bird Cafe on Lake was enjoyable and yummy. With really solid dishes on offer and an extensive list of creative smoothies and juices, I can't wait to come back!