I wouldn’t be surprised if the entire population of Ponsonby did a simultaneous jump for joy upon discovering a little bird unbakery was opening in their neighbourhood. Since Megan May started their range of organic products and opened their first Unbakery in Kingsland they helped to cultivate a growing love and appreciation for raw, organic food amongst Aucklanders.
This iteration of Little bird Unbakery is tucked away on Summer Street, just off Ponsonby Road. It’s easy to spot because of a bird house with their logo (a little bird, of course) on the outside of the building. The interior is gorgeously simple. Black and white photographs offset the rustic brick walls. As you look up to the hanging lights and plants you’ll notice the ceilings are lovely and high. If you’re anything like me, this might make you feel a little bit free and a little bit calm.
These comforting vibes are disrupted only when it comes time to order. This is for the best reason though – everything on the menu is enticing. You’ll find yourself um-ing and ah-ing between raw tacos, coconut broth, a falafel plate, a bird bowl, or the latest special. I’ve always been sceptical that a salad can sustain one throughout a long afternoon, but Little Bird finally has me convinced. It’s dense, nourishing food, and a little goes along way.
Don’t leave without ordering a sweet treat, as it’s the sweets that really set Little Bird apart. We’ve found mint chocolate fudge, raspberry and chocolate brownie, mint slide and passionfruit cheesecake. You can’t go wrong, but the blueberry cheesecake is particularly wonderful. These cakes are all made without dairy, soy, sugar or gluten so can be enjoyed with minimum guilt and by those with intolerances.
Kokako cold brew coffee is also on the menu. Served with the option of hazelnut milk it makes an intriguingly refreshing alternative to hot coffee – a perfect pick-me-up for a warm, bright day. Little Bird’s commitment to innovation and quality means it’s one of the busiest cafes in Ponsonby, and sometimes very difficult to get a seat, let a lone order a smoothie, keep trying, you’ll eventually get lucky.