My sister-in-law Nic thought I might enjoy Little Bird Café (Kingsland, Auckland), so one morning last week she picked me up and we made a beeline to this wonderful little ‘unbakery’.
The team at Little Bird believe that food should taste amazing, AND make you feel amazing – I totally agree! Serving organic and raw food (ie. not heated above 46 degrees), they sprout and activate their own nuts and seeds and their cakes are sans gluten, dairy, sugar and soy. They are obviously doing something right as they have just opened a second (bigger) café in Ponsonby.
We called in for tea and cake but that didn’t stop me eyeing up their lunch menu; the mushroom lasagne with macadamia cheese and basil sounded awesome and the ‘bird bowl’ would have made me happy too (quinoa and millet wild rice pilaf surrounded by 4 primo salads; kale with preserved lemon dressing, cherry tomato & carters croutons; avocado with tahini dressing, marinated beetroot noodles and carrot; and red and green slaw with activated hazelnuts).
The dessert cabinet was chocka with lots of tempting raw treats – I can verify the ginger slice is sweet, hot and spicy, and the raw cheesecake disappeared pretty quick 🙂
Along with smoothies, teas and teeccino (herbal coffee) they serve health tonics and milkshakes; caramel and banana milkshake with pumpkin seed brittle, um yes please.
I’m sure their flu fighting tonic of cold pressed turmeric, ginger, lemon/lime, orange/mandarin, oregano oil, cayenne and colloidal silver would make short work of whatever ails you!
Displayed along one wall of the café is a fantastic selection of superfoods which are available for purchase. I was excited to discover they stocked reishi mushroom tea, something I’ve been keen to try but have not seen before. Another treasure I found was a brand of raw chocolate called hine cacao, infused with unique ingredients including kumara, manuka honey and ancient NZ tree mushrooms.
Little Bird have also developed a successful product range of goodies including ‘grawnola’, trail mix, raw crackers and raw macaroons, which are stocked in dozens of stores across Auckland.
Last year Little Bird won Metro Magazine’s Best of Auckland Award: ‘Best New Food Thing’ – pretty happy I got to check them out!!