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Little Bird Unbakery | The Verdict

By Natasha Van Der Laan - 17 May 2016

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little bird auckland, unbakery ponsonby, little bird menu, vegan food auckland
little bird auckland, unbakery ponsonby, little bird menu, vegan food auckland
little bird auckland, unbakery ponsonby, little bird menu, vegan food auckland
little bird auckland, unbakery ponsonby, little bird menu, vegan food auckland
little bird auckland, unbakery ponsonby, little bird menu, vegan food auckland
little bird auckland, unbakery ponsonby, little bird menu, vegan food auckland
little bird auckland, unbakery ponsonby, little bird menu, vegan food auckland
little bird auckland, unbakery ponsonby, little bird menu, vegan food auckland
little bird auckland, unbakery ponsonby, little bird menu, vegan food auckland

Recently relocating to Ponsonby has been a dream come true for The Urban List team. When lunchtime rolls around we’re spoilt for choice on where to go. Making that decision can often be very overwhelming and all too often I find myself resorting to what I know will be a good time: Little Bird Unbakery.

Located just off Ponsonby road, the café—or unbakery as they like to call it—is a paradise for health-food lovers. All food is raw, organic and free from gluten, dairy, soy and cane sugar. But don’t go thinking you’ll be eating bird seed or some boring old salad. In fact, it’s quite the opposite—there’s no such thing as boring at Little Bird.

On one recent visit, I caught up with a friend over lunch. We took a seat in the bustling café and sat down to study the menu. What to choose? What to choose? We tossed up between their kimchi pancake (a personal fave), chia bircher and spiced chestnut waffles before settling on sharing their pizza special of the day and portobello benedict.

As for drinks, the menu has more smoothie offerings than you could poke a stick at. You’ll also find shakes, chocolate drinks (come winter I know I’ll be warming up with their spicy hot chocolate), matcha-based drinks, cold-pressed juice, kombucha and more. I went for a cacao superfoods smoothie made with a blend of banana, date, cacao, almond milk and vanilla, topped with trail clusters—yummm!

We decided to tackle the pizza first. There’s no gluten involved here, instead the base was made from an almond and cashew blend. The pizza was then generously topped with mushrooms, olives, tomato, capsicum and rocket and flavoured with basil pesto and dairy-free nut ricotta. Who knew pizza could be so damn healthy—not to mention delicious?!

The portobello benedict is Little Bird’s vegan take on eggs benedict. The dish starred two bagel halves made from raw, seeded bread that was then topped with wilted greens, a portobello mushroom on each and covered in cashew ‘hollandaise sauce’. I’m told the secret behind the vibrant yellow sauce is turmeric—who needs eggs anyway?!

Both dishes were absolutely divine. While the portion sizes aren’t entirely huge, I was stuffed. I guess that comes down to the fact the food is so nutrient-dense. I was fuelled for the rest of the afternoon and beyond.

That, however, didn’t stop me from getting a ginger slice to takeaway. When it comes to cabinet treats, Little Bird have things down-pact. Here you’ll find said ginger slice as well as a selection of cheesecakes, tarts and slices. I’m a big fan of all things ginger—the more ginger, the better as far as I’m concerned. And, thankfully, the creamy slice was packed with it.

Little Bird Unbakery, I’m happy to have you in my hood. You continue to prove that healthy eating needn’t be boring. I know I’ll be back again… and again and again!

Want to know the location, opening hors and all the deets? Find Little Bird Unbakery in the Directory.

Image credit: Little Bird via Facebook

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