Little Byrd is a quaint but bustling café in Ascot Vale that pulls inspiration from the Middle East and Mediterranean – a trend that seems to be picking up in the Melbourne cafe scene. The little brother of the famous Shanklin Cafe, Little Byrd offers a wide range of dishes sure to satisfy your brunching needs, with delightfully executed dishes complemented by the chef’s own natural flair here and there.
The good fat: We opted for the Open Chicken Souvlaki, the Green Eggs and the decadent French Toast. In a city where sweet brunch dishes are rife in quantity and quality, it is quite hard to be impressed, but Little Byrd did just that. The French Toast was an absolute knockout. The texture of the toast itself was amazingly soft and melt-in-your-mouth, that contrasted nicely with the crunchiness of the cookie crumbs. Topped with syrup, mascarpone and fresh fruit, it made for a truly delicious combination.
The souvlaki from Little Byrd packed a load of flavours, especially with its generous chicken filling – this was definitely a hearty meal to warm up with on a cold Melbourne morning! The Green Eggs were a great vegetarian option and the best addition was the goats cheese cut through the exotically flavoured pesto in the eggs, to give another tasty combination.
The bad fat: The only slight criticism would be that the pita from the chicken souvlaki pita was a little dry but when blended with that succulent filling, the dryness became less obvious.
2wofatgirls would like to thank Little Byrd, Ascot Vale for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration.