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Little Byrd Cafe

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by Chris Karageorge (subscribe)
Chris Karageorge - I drink, I eat, I leave.
Published August 7th 2011
Little Byrd

Yiayia's homemade spanokopita.
Colourful pot lids on the wall.
Tiles and wooden benches.
Flowers in kitsch but cool vases on tables.
Young twenty somethings wearing oversized woolen jumpers.
Men in floral shirts that resemble wallpaper.
Women of indeterminable age due to hipster lifestyle in the 80s with a hairstyle that can only be described as an exclamation of black and blonde.

Some cafes can be wonderful collages of everything.
Welcome to Union Road.

There was an awful write up for Little Byrd in The Age 4 years ago. By awful I mean that even though it was a positive write up at times, the reader was able to infer that the author would not be back in a hurry. So after having been to Little Byrd myself, I would like to clarify that it is actually pretty good. Now, sit down and let me tell you just how good it is...

Double Espresso. Signature Coffee
Tart caramels with that chemical-like undertone that comes with certain blends and beans and such. The coffee is ok. It's not great, nor is it awful. That being said, Little Byrd's coffee is not trying to be as good as Brother Baba Budan, or Monk Bodhi Dharma.

Yiayia's Homemade Spanakopita
At first I thought the spanakopita wasn't going to be big enough to satisfy my manly appetite, however by the end of the meal I was quite content. The pastry was lovely and crunchy in all the right spots. It was served with a light cucumber, red onion and spinach salad. I recommend using your hands once you get to the crust of the pita as not all pita crusts are able to be cut with a knife, but only by the iron grip of a yiayia's hand. Wondering what yiayia means? It's the Greek term for grandmother.

The staff are extremely attentive and chatty with all customers, so much so that they'll even sit with you when you're placing your order.

Greek Mountain Tea
Greek mountain tea is something I love as much as everything else. It is extremely aromatic and has a long list of health benefits. My healthy serving was served with a small dollop of honey that made the tea all the more enjoyable.

This is the slightly quieter end of Union Road, but there's enough action in the food and extensive menu to keep the noise on your taste buds at a high volume.

I'll be back.
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Why? Come here to sit back and relax.
When: Tues - Sat: 8:00am - 4:00pm. Sun: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Where: 160 Union Road, Ascot Vale, Melbourne.
Cost: $3.50 - $18.00
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