A freelance writer currently residing in Melbourne, with a penchant for sugar, spice, and everything nice.
Published October 3rd 2012
Tweet your way to a happy brunch
Did you know that the bluebird is believed to be Minnesota's most popular songbird? And that the unique quality of their song often leaves a sweet and lasting impression. Well, this isn't Minnesota obviously, but I found that the Bluebird Espresso Café in Collingwood, Melbourne had a similar effect on me (just minus the feathers and the song).
Situated along Johnston St, Bluebird is a small café with a bubbling personality. The space inside the actual café is rather limited and narrow, but fret not, for there is a beautiful courtyard at the back that comes to the rescue. With wooden tables and chairs, brick walls, a grass patch and fresh tulips on the table, you can't help but smile and feel at ease in this garden-type dining area.
The service is exceptional, too; we were seated in a matter of minutes, and our orders for coffee and brunch food were taken and delivered promptly and with smiles all around.
Speaking of brunch food, the menu here offers an eclectic variety of classic dishes liked baked eggs, French toast, brekkie sandwiches and even muesli for more health conscious patrons, though most options are likely to be found in a majority of the brunch places in Melbourne. I have to say that the chai latte served here is probably one of the best I've had in Melbourne, although Fandango Café offers some competition. Smooth and delicious, with just the right amount of sweetness and spice, it is the perfect pick-me-up for an early Saturday morning.
The portion sizes are pretty generous, and most meals are affordable, under $15. Sometimes it's not about putting up fancy dishes on a plate, but it's more about simplicity and flavour, and that is exactly what Bluebird has been able to do so well - present well-cooked, flavourful dishes that are satisfying and delicious.
The only downside to this place is that it can get pretty crowded, especially over the weekends, so be sure to pop in early if you're looking to have breakfast or brunch. Otherwise, the staff here will still make you feel right at home while you're waiting for your table. Bluebird definitely put a song (and a tweet) in my day.