238 Gertrude Street
How nice is this early spring weather in Melbourne? The sun's out, the wind's not too cold, as the Lucksmiths might sing: it's tee-shirt wea-theeer.
We took a stroll to Zetta Florence last weekend to pick up some folders in the hope of inspiring some thesis writing (or mere indulgence? ....but they're so nice!). After drooling over the delectable papers, prints, stamps and grabbing aforementioned fancy folders, we decided we needed a cawfee break so we headed towards Gertrude Street.
It's been a while since we've wandered along Gertrude Street ; the area seems to generate an ever expanding buzz. For the fashionista-ically inclined, there’s the new Alice Euphemia store on top of the existing shops that stock locally designed-and-made threads (try newly opened Forest near the corner of Smith and Gertrude for friendly service and clothes that are 'made down the street, literally!’).
Note to self and fellow foodies, a friendly reminder to revisit: pizza joint Ladro and Books for Cooks (self explanatory eh?) and now, Birdman Eating.
Birdman Eating is located just near Ladro/opposite BfC and is a narrow but warm and inviting cafe. A striking feature is the string of wooden mannequins, sporting feathers as wings, hanging from the ceiling. Interspersed between these wooden angels are tear drop vases with bright flowers hovering above the punters. The service was friendly and attentive, and the cawfee lovely (perhaps Matt Preston had a bad day? our cawfee hit the mark!).
The waitress left the lunch menu ‘to tempt us’ , so of course, we ordered the calamari, chorizo and rocket salad. This was a lovely dish, the calamari had a beautiful soft texture, the chorizo was on the right side of crunchy and a delicious lemon dressing enveloping the salad was perfect.
We just missed the interesting breakfast menu (finishes at 5pm – love that!) but made note of the home made crumpets to try next time.