Birdman Eating
238 Gertrude St
Fitzroy, 3065
(03) 9416 4747

Last Friday, assuming my fellow workers and I would be going out for lunch as we often do on Fridays, I didn’t bother to bring in my lunch. Due to unforeseen circumstances, however, both Miss A and Boss T were busy at lunchtime, and so I found myself both lunchless and dateless. Fortunately, Miss K came to my rescue and offered to join me for a quick bite at Birdman Eating on Gurtrude St.

I’d always heard good things about the food at Birdman Eating, especially their breakfasts, but on previous occasions walking past the place looked to be packed, and so I never bothered trying to score a table. On this occasion, however, I decided to take a chance. As I walked inside the narrow cafe, I saw Miss K was already sitting at a table. Perfect.

After a quick chit-chat we got down to business: the extensive menu takes some concentration to get through as there are just so many great looking options. Plus a specials board.

Brunch is served all day, which is part of the reason I found it so difficult to decide. Traditional items like home-made crumpets ($9.00), welsh rarebit ($9.50) or beans on toast ($15.00) are nestled along side more exotic items like black rice, coconut yoghurt and mango ($10.50) or smoked pulled pork, shredded lettuce and mint open sandwich with roast pineapple sorbet ($16.50). Each day, a number of variations of baked eggs are on offer, and range from the predictable tomato, chickpea and eggplant, to the more unusal curry flavoured.

It’s the porridge made with red quinoa, apple, honey and cinnamon ($11.50) that catches Miss K’s eye. A yeast allergy means many breakfast options are off limits to her, however, the imaginative menu here means she has plenty to choose from. A large, warming bowl of porridge arrives 10-15 minutes after we order, atop a page of sheet music – a quirky touch.

I decided I was going to choose from the specials board: salmon salad with fennel, pomegranate and walnuts ($16.00 or there abouts). It’s slightly smaller than I had imagined, but the flavours are good and I’m still eating by the time Miss K has finished her porridge. The salmon is also well cooked, and the oily fish is matched well by the citrusy, aniseed salad that accompanies it.

I was pleased with our trip. It’s a cute little place with friendly staff and a good atmosphere. It’s open breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days a week which makes it a great place for a casual meal any time of day.

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