Ever since Leah arrived back in New Zealand I’ve been desperate to get her to Little Bird Unbakery. With cafes in Kingsland and Ponsonby and a takeaway outlet in Britomart, this is a chain that is really making its mark on the clean eating scene in Auckland.
The brainchild of Megan May and her husband Jeremy, this cafe makes everything from scratch (everything! Even the coconut yogurt!) and is predominantly raw and completely gluten-, dairy-, and cane sugar-free.
There’s a huge range of delicious smoothies, which are so nutritious they can easily satiate a mid-morning hunger pang. House-made kombucha and cold-pressed juices round out the cold drinks menu. There’s also an impressive collection of coffee choices – their signature cold brew alongside Chemex and herbal options. There’s teas for any occasion thanks to Storm & India and Artemis, and then there’s my personal favourite – Matcha Latte with almond milk. Detoxifying, creamy, and delicious!
If you’re hungry, you’re in the right place. The meals are next level amazing. While I will admit that the menu is often confusing, and you still do have to read carefully to make sure you’re ordering paleo (look out for oats, grains, chickpeas, and maple syrup if you’re doing W30), but luckily the helpful staff know their stuff and will answer any questions you may have.
Leah had the Little bird raw, seeded bread bagel with the ‘BLT’ topping – Coconut bacon with tomato & lettuce. She said it tasted incredible – the avo and tomato was so fresh and the coconut bacon was the perfect mix of salty and sweet.
I had the Portobello Benedict – house-made raw bagel with a bed of wilted greens, marinated portobello mushrooms, topped with cashew hollandaise sauce. It was incredible – so filling and tasty. The cashew hollandaise tasted as good as the real thing, but obviously better as it’s good for you!
Another great thing about the Unbakery is the ‘store’ area where you can buy from their range of teas, cereals, powders, and other products that meet their philosophy. Many of these items are paleo – so it’s a great place to stock up! They also have a cookbook for you to try their recipes at home – check it out here.
Have you been to Little Bird Unbakery? Tell us what you thought in the comments!