You guys! I’ve raved about Little Bird before: their raw vegan macaroons are some of the best un-cookies I’ve ever eaten, and their cultured nut cheeses are a special treat. I haven’t sampled a Little Bird product that I haven’t loved.
So, their newest exciting news is that they’ve opened a café! Well, ‘café’ is not quite the right word for their Unbakery, where the only coffee served is the herbal non-caffeinated kind, but that kind of thing: an eatery, an informal restaurant. It’s open for weekday breakfasts and lunches, and almost everything served at the Unbakery is vegan – they use honey in some recipes.
It opened for business today, and I went for lunch. I ordered Raw Pad Thai, and was served a big plate of coconut ‘noodles’, spiced kaffir lime cashews and fresh coriander mixed with salad vegetables. It was fresh, interesting and more filling than I’d expected it to be.
I also tried a few bites of Erin’s lunch: beetroot ravioli. Thin slices of beetroot stood in for pasta, folded over a raw nut-based cheese filling. These were served with a microgreen, avocado and pinenut salad.
Lunch dessert was a shared slice of chocolate and hazelnut tart, with coconut yoghurt on the side. Other sweet options included strawberry & raspberry coconut mallo puffs, mango or passionfruit cheesecake, caramel slice & shrewsbury-style fig biscuits.
As well as serving meals and snacks, the Unbakery serves as a factory shop for Little Bird’s products. One wall is lined with bags of macaroons, grawnola and crackers, and a few other surprises that I haven’t seen in other places (salt & pepper kale chips, fig clusters, biscotti!) A couple of shelves include locally-made raw ingredients from other producers, including dried karengo and coconut sugar. The cold cabinet includes Little Bird’s nut-based cheeses.
Little Bird’s plan is to keep the menu small and change it often – today there were three lunch options, a couple of breakfasts and a cabinet full of sweet things. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for menu updates.
The Unbakery is open Monday to Friday from 8am – 2.30pm currently, and will be opening on Saturdays soon. It’s at 385 New North Road in Kingsland: towards Eden Terrace from Bond Street Bridge, on the same side of the road.