Posted on 10 / 13 / 2012
I've been enjoying the Little Bird macaroons and grawnola for a while so was super excited when I heard they'd opened a cafe. As there is not much of a raw vegan presence in Auckland's eateries (not counting salads), my only experience of raw vegan cafes/restaurants are from travels in America of which I wasn't totally impressed - it doesn't help that I hate tahini. So as well as being excited for a new vegan place to eat in Auckland, I was also a bit nervous that I wouldn't like the food.
I visited Little Bird for the first time last week with my gluten-free vegan boyfriend and his omni but health-conscious Mum. All three of us loved the food and the experience. The food is so good, bursting with flavour and beautifully presented. The bf and I had a lasagne each which consisted of courgette "pasta sheets" with Little Bird's famous creamy nut cheese (best vegan cheese eva) and a super fresh tomato and capsicum sauce with a green salad on the side. Our plates were licked clean. Mum had the Pad Thai - again the presentation was excellent and the flavour was beautiful - not overwhelming or rich, just really fresh with expert use of herbs and spices.
We each couldn't resist a sweet thing although I could only eat half of mine and saved the rest for later. Bf got the berry cheesecake - a massive slice but in true fashion he gulped it down in under a minute. Mum and I savoured ours - she got a muesli log and I got the choc peppermint slice. I usually find raw chocolate too bitter and dirt-like, this was not so - crunchy and sweet with chunks of smooth peppermint, yum yum yum.
The interior is super cool, nice and woody with a relaxed atmosphere. Only complaint is not enough seating, the place was full so had to wait a bit to get a table.
Overall, an easy five stars. I'll be back.
Updated from previous review on Saturday October 13, 2012
Amazing food, Cool interior, Fresh
Not enough seating, Parking