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Published January 20th 2012
Is he a bird or is he a man?
Over the last decade, Gertrude Street in Fitzroy has experienced a transformation. It's gone from being a gritty, semi-derelict strip, to a modern, fashionable hub. It's places like Bird Man Eating, that have helped to raise its profile.
Specialising in a late-in-the-day, type breakfast you can have after rising from your weekend sleep-in, Bird Man Eating is serious about providing an interesting variety of top quality food. Even Masterchef's Matt Preston declares that Bird Man Eating has 'a fine breakfast menu' and it's true.
For my order, I chose 'Toasted banana bread with cinnamon, honey & lime mascarpone' ($11.00). Although, it just as easily could have been the 'Red quinoa porridge with apple, honey & cinnamon' ($11.50) or one of Bird Man Eating's signature servings of baked eggs ($14.00).
When the food arrived, I was happy to see three, hearty slabs on my plate rather than the quaint, little pieces some establishments serve. The bread had been slighty warmed to give it a really, subtle crisp and I was provided with enough flavoured marscapone that it could spread generously across each piece.
Another exciting menu option at Bird Man Eating, is that they have dessert available from midday onwards. Perfect, I say, because it could be just about around that time that you need 'Couverture chocolate & hazelnut brownie with Pedro Ximenez ice cream' ($10.50) or 'Hot cinnamon doughnuts with chocolate sauce' ($13.00) .
There's dinner as well, from 5pm and you only need to glance at the evening menu to understand that you're in for a gastronomic treat. With around 140 wines on their list, you're going to enjoy matching a French, Spanish, Italian or local wine with your meal. You can pay as low as $10.50 for a bottle but if you want them to decant a $195.00 Chateau Lascombes French Bordeaux, that won't be a problem either.
At Bird Man Eating, the waiters work hard. Their breakfast settings need to be redone for lunch and then again for dinner but despite having to concentrate on these tasks, they are never neglectful of customer needs. They visit the tables to repour water and to check up on whether anybody needs anything. They're also quite happy to let people sit and linger over their chai lattes, tea served in floral teapots or in my case, a tall, frothy topped hot chocolate.
Bird Man Eating has a very congenial atmosphere. It attracts the type of people who know about a trend, but is without the snobbery. It's a lovely place to eat.