This post is part of the monthly link up party Our Growing Edge. This event aims to connect food bloggers and inspire us to try new things. This month is hosted by Alice at Nom Nom Cat.
We’ve decided to try a “raw food” cafe to inspire us with different ways of enjoying healthy food that is not only dairy free it is also gluten free and refined sugar free.
Melanie: Smoked ’lox’ with cashew cream cheese, capers, cucumber & alfalfa on sprouted bread; cold brew coffee; berry antioxidiser smoothie; strawberry cheesecake.
The Place – I’d pretty much hang out here all day if I could. Just have a chat with the friendly staff who definitely know their stuff about the ingredients and processes that go into their food and drinks.
The Food – I’ve had the smoked lox on Littlebird’s bagel before and have to say that I do prefer it over the bread. Made from sprouted buckwheat, fax & coconut the bread is quite crumbly and just doesn’t complement the lox as well as the bagel. My strawberry cheesecake is the best I’ve ever had! That’s a big call, I know, but it was creamy, tart, sweet and all without the sugars and artificial flavours most others use. Speaking to the staff, they use coconut flesh and cashews as their base – flawless.
The Beverage – My new fave and morning ritual is getting a ‘cold brew’. If you’re a coffee lover, give it a go. I’ve cut dairy out of my diet lately so the hazelnut milk was a lovely addition, but it’s also great black. The berry antioxidiser was refreshing and as corny as it sound, I felt revitalised and ready to tackle the day!
Celine: Smoked ’lox’ with cashew cream cheese, capers, cucumber & alfalfa on sprouted bread; hot filter coffee with hazelnut milk; cacao maca boost smoothie; cacao and mint slice.
The Place – I really liked the fit out with the exposed brick, timber and the high ceilings. This cafe has a very cool and relaxed vibe.
The Food – The smoked lox on sprouted bread was really flavourful and filling (it usually comes with a bagel but they hadn’t arrived yet when we came in). The bread had a very nutty and crumbly texture and was really flavourful as well but it competed with the smoked lox. I think I will be back to try it with the bagel next time. The cacao and mint slice was chewy and very chocolatey thanks to the raw cacao. I think the mint slice was definitely the peak of my visit and I will definitely be back for some more “guilt-free” treats.
The Beverage – The hot filter coffee by Kokako was great and the hazelnut milk had a really nice sweetness. The Cacao smoothie was perfect, I think I have found the best raw, gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free smoothie. It was smooth, chocolatey and the cacao nibs added an extra energy boost at 7.00am.
We are really loving the concept of a raw food cafe, making it more accessible to everyone. They offer a wide range of food including savoury meals and breakfasts that are tasty and filling. We have kept coming back for more since our first visit for the smoothies, the different types of nut milk and the guilt-free desserts on offer. The cafe has a really relaxed vibe (even on busy weekends) and friendly staff.
There are two branches in Auckland (Ponsonby and Kingsland) and they also sell most of the ingredients they use so you can take a little bit of goodness home with you.
Berry Antioxidiser Smoothie $9
Cacao Maca Boost $12
Cold Brew Coffee w/ Hazelnut Milk $4
Filter Coffee w/ Hazelnut Milk $4
(bagel) Smoked ’lox’ with cashew creamcheese, capers, cucumber & alfalfa $12.50
Strawberry Cheesecake $8
Cacao and Mint Slice $4.50
Little Bird Unbakery
1a Summer Street,
385 New North Road,
Kingsland (menu changes daily)
Knives and forks at the ready,
The Hungry Hunters