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Yellow Bird - Bar & Mexican Restaurant

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Published October 12th 2014
Accommodates vegetarian and vegan meals

With so many cafes and restaurants to discover that abound in Melbourne, it's been a while since I got back to Yellow Bird. I actually went down to Prahran to have a sticky beak at The Block Auctions taking place at 2pm.

Unfortunately it was not a public auction and all the serious buyers were bidding behind closed doors. The trip was not wasted as there are so many things to catch one's interest in Prahran till the tummy starts to rumble and one goes on the hunt for sustenance Again, many choices. I settled on Yellow Bird as it had been on my mind for a while.

The owners Clint and Dean have had Yellow Bird for 7 years and they recently sold their other fine dining restaurant Woods of Windsor after owning it for around 3 years. The decor is colourful and festooned with artificial flowers that hang from the ceiling. There are even paintings on the ceiling and the furniture is a splash of retro in style. I quite love the intricate lace pattern of the black curtains. I asked where this style came from and one of the young ladies told me Clint got the idea from a place in LA (Los Angeles) he used to frequent and wanted to come home and emulate the 'dive bar' look.

Clint is very hands on in his restaurant when he's not at a gig as a drummer for Aussie band Something for Kate. Impressive! as they are quite well known. I am told among the clientele are faithfuls, 'skaters' who have been coming around for the 7 years and more since the restaurant has been in existence. They get very busy at night when it becomes 'noisy' and 'alive'. They serve all day breakfast and Tuesdays are Tijuana Tuesdays when Mexican food is on the menu. You'll be able to order chilli fries, nachos, chilli con carne hot pot, burrito, bean & coriander quesadilla, fajitas, tacos, enchiladas, tostadas to name a few and 95% of these meals can be made either vegetarian or vegan, but you will pay $3.50 extra for vegan cheese. You'll be surprised to learn that meals are still around 14 to 18 dollars. To accompany your Mexican, you can order a variety of tequilas, liqueurs, margaritas, cocktails and such like.

Apart from a variety of breakfasts with build your own options, the regular menu contains salads, seafood, sandwiches, burgers and shades of Mexican on the plate. There's also a variety of wines, ciders, beers and cocktails. I ordered the nachos (chilli beans, sour cream, salsa and guacamole) for $14 and a spinach and ricotta burger which came with a side of fries and a massive gherkin for $15. The burger was absolutely delicious, the fries perfect and the nachos was so massive it does take two to finish it. Dinner that evening was out of the question!

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Where: 122 Chapel St, Windsor, VIC
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