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Birdman Eating
238 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Birdman Eating has been on my list of places to eat for a long long time. I’d read reviews bemoaning their small portion size and poor value for money, but I was undeterred and excited when I was able to venture down for a coffee one sunny saturday morning.

Now, I am usually a very positive person and blogger and like to think the best of people/food. To the point where I can’t stem my praise for a meal and have to resort to nondescriptive words like zomgyummmm to describe what I am feeling. BUT…

While Birdman Eating had decent food and a creative menu, it was overshadowed by poor service. We had to wait 1.5 hours to be served, finding it difficult to attract the attention of the waitstaff. When we finally got their attention, we were told that our orders were being plated and would be ‘right out’. Ummm so probably a ploy to buy time, but not so clever if your customers are sitting right by the kitchen and can see for themselves the definite lack of plating activity and definitely not clever to promise that and then have them wait another 45 minutes.

/Rant. Phew, got that out of the way. Shame the service was so slow and uninterested, because the food was good.

We had the chilli cheese kransky with bubble & squeak, paoched eggs, toast and some sort of relish.

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And a steak sandwich of some sort.

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The usual cap.

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Overall the food was yummy and there were a few interesting things on the menu that I would love to go back and try – the black rice + coconut yoghurt + mango and the smoked pulled pork + mint + roast pineapple sorbet sandwich. I hope that when I go back, their service will be a bit more awake and a bit more honest.

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In the final days of my holidays (alas I am back at uni for one last year), I launched into a frantic spate of brunching knowing full well that my days of enjoying a lazy mid day meal without the dreaded lines of weekend brunchers were numbered. Thus, armed with my trusty dslr, i shall bring you a tasty selection of delightful brunches over the next few days/weeks.

First up, is De Clieu: 187 Gertrude St, Fitzroy

Situated on one of the lovely corners of Gertrude St, this eatery is housed in a dark green building and is home to a gaggle of hipsters and hipsterettes. We were seated after just a short wait at a lovely window seat outlooking a very quiet fitzroy morning.

This cafe is of the family of seven seeds and brother baba budan and so needless to say the coffee was strong, aromatic and delicious. What sets apart de clieu however is it’s stronger focus on the food side of things, which was exciting for me because, let’s face it, i’m not really a coffee connoisseur and am liable to ordering only a latte when much more exotic options are available (french press anyone?).

Having read about the pork neck roti, I was extremely keen to try it. But as it always is in the land of brunchisms, it is always the one dish that you want that runs out by the time you get there. After the swift (but kind) denial of my request, I was left to re-contemplate the menu. Now, I’m a predominantly fritter/bacon/poached egg kind of person when it comes to brunch, but in my state of disillusionment following the swift (but kind) denial of my request, I ordered something completely out of character:
Fresh Ricotta with Toasted Baguette with Beetroot Cured Ocean Trout: an amazing combination of cold/preserved tasty things which you self assembled on toasted baguette! So glad I had this, the combination of pickled red onion, beetroot cured trout, capers and the ricotta – I don’t even like cheese, but this was so smooth and creamy, I loved it from the first bite!

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Another photo of the amazing beetroot cured trout 😀

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We also had the Breakfast De Clieu: free range bacon, fried egg, cauliflower puree, wild mushrooms, veal jus and sourdough with truffle oil. So beautifully put together and the aroma of the truffle oil was amazing. The classiest bacon and eggs I’ve ever had. Egg yolk ready to pop with gooeyness:

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And some of the fruit toast/bread with spiced butter (?). Clearly surpassed by the other two dishes and I don’t really remember much of this one except that it was okay. May have been biased due to my lack of affection for all things cinnamon.

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Another brunch winner with excellent coffee, I will be back to try the pork neck roti!

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Today marked day 5 post wisdom teeth extraction for the BF, and with a reduction in facial puffiness and renewed ability to chew, we decided it was time to venture out in search of food of the non-mashed and non-pureed variety.

Trippy Tacos: 234 Gertrude St, Fitzroy

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Here’s an exceedingly noob confession to make:  all of my life, i have believed that tacos were meant to be hard (a la old el paso).  However, I’m incredibly pleased to have been proven wrong in recent months, finding that pro mexican foodlets make the most lovely soft tacos 😀

Our first stop, trippy tacos, was no exception.  It’s a vego/vegan/gluten free place which is small, but busy, and stocks all the necessary condiments for an enjoyable taco experience:

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To start we ordered the sweet tamales, described as a dumpling steamed in a corn husk.  what actually came out was not a dumpling by any asian standard and had us reaching for the chipotle sauce because, well, it was sort of bland looking.  It tasted good though and while it was a bit sweet, still went well with the chilli sauces.

Most importantly, the texture was soft, so this was definitely a goer.

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As for the tacos, we had the original trippy tacos and the tofu asada tacos.  We ordered both in the meal size, and while i felt full after it, it may not be enough if you’re super hungry/used to eating meat/exceedingly greedy.

Original:

Beans so soft! Perfect for recovering gums.

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Tofu:

Such an interesting texture! Like chewing on something exceedingly fatty, but it’s actually tofu and good for you!

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Overall a tasty meal, but not as good flavoursome as the tacos i’ve had at mamasita or paco’s tacos.  probably means i would be a terrible vegetarian.

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Breizoz French Creperie: 49 Brunswick St Fitzroy

After tacos, we decided dessert was necessary – crepes! crepes are soft! And being the true fatties that we are, drove the 200m from trippy tacos to the nearest french creperie.

Luckily we did drive because at 3 they close for 1 hour (siesta?) and we only just managed to get some quick takeaway:

Jean Ma Special: apples, jam and creme in a crispy galette.

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Banane and Chocolat.

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And yes, I do realise that they look exactly the same in the photos… but you get the gist. They were both yummy, although I was expecting apples slices rather than the puree in the jean ma. Also messy to eat! but maybe because we forgot to take knives and forks with us…

ps. A quick shot of the exhibition gardens where we were exiled to enjoy our crepes, such a beautiful day today!

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