the lovebird, armadale

the husband and i are celebrating five years of wedded bliss this weekend, so i thought it was quite fitting when neil + angie from the lovebird cafe invited us to try out their new winter menu which has just launched. this gorgeous cafe is located on bustling high st in armadale, a part of melbourne that i absolutely love. gorgeous tree-lined streets, plenty of local precincts and shops, boutique clothing + cafes-a-plenty. it has street-side dining out the front with some bench-table seating which would be lovely on a warm sunny day. we headed inside today as i wanted the warmth, and to nosey at the cute decor. the lovebird has a really cosy and friendly atmosphere + i love the little bird houses and cages used in the decor.

the lovebird
the lovebird
the lovebird
the lovebird

fresh salads, cakes and sandwiches are gorgeously displayed in the front cabinet.

the lovebird
the lovebird
the lovebird
the lovebird

the new winter menu is very exciting with an emphasis on clean, fresh + healthy products. super foods, seeds + grains feature heavily, but there are also a few surprises like wasabi hollandaise, chilli-infused scrambled eggs + jalepeno crisps.

the menu, the lovebird
the menu, the lovebird

the menu also has a great selection of fresh juices and smoothies (for those that know me… this = big tick!). the husband chose a fresh apple + mint juice, and i couldn’t help a small smile at the cute “love fern” on our table (can you tell which chick-flick was on tv this week?).

apple juice, the lovebird
apple juice, the lovebird

as well as featuring veneziano house blend and proud mary for single origin and filter, i was pretty impressed with my choice of milk: soy, almond or coconut. these guys are definitely appealing to every coffee-lovers whim! the taste was fantastic – strong, full-bodied + served at just the right temperature. veneziano coffee is one of my favourites of all time (hailing back to when it was my regular when we lived in qld).

soy latte, the lovebird
soy latte, the lovebird
brunch, the lovebird
brunch, the lovebird

tasmanian smoked salmon, paprika crusted herbed potato croquettes, salsa verde, cucumber, poached eggs + wasabi hollandaise.
i would not ordinarily choose salmon for breakfast, so i’m really glad i left the choice in neil’s hands this morning. this dish was lovely and light – i particularly enjoyed the cucumber which added a crunchy + refreshing element. it was a great compliment to the subtle wasabi hints in the hollandaise sauce and the salsa verde. eggs were poached perfectly and i loved the presentation.

bacon + poached eggs again (you can guess who had this dish!)… poached perfectly with bright, runny yolks. bacon was meaty and had a great grilled flavour.

salmon + croquettes, the lovebird
salmon + croquettes, the lovebird

quinoa flaked porridge, fig + apricots, super food seeds, desiccated coconut + coconut milk.
as you’ll know from previous posts i am a massive fan of oats porridge… and having only ever tried quinoa porridge once before (which to be honest was not great) i was a bit apprehensive about whether this dish could sway me back. the coconut flavour was quite evident and thankfully the consistency convinced me that quinoa porridge can be done well – it hadn’t ended up too gluggy and pasty. there was plenty of fresh and poached fruits hidden under the surface and i found that the apricots and pistachios were a carefully considered choice for this health-conscious dish. this is not your usual sweet/syrup-laden porridge – but definitely a warm wintery bowl of tasty goodness. (my only word of advice: give the dish a couple of minutes to rest slightly before digging in – the flavours stood out much more after a short-wait and when not steaming hot)

quinoa porridge, the lovebird
quinoa porridge, the lovebird

overall, i really enjoyed our brunch this morning. staff were friendly, offered great customer service (and not just to us – we were watching them interact with the other patrons too) + seemed genuinely excited about their new menu, food + coffee. i would definitely recommend this cosy + yummy cafe … and not just for lovebirds like us 🙂

verdict: just love-ly!
find: www.thelovebird.com.au

(note: inlovewithbrunch was invited by the cafe to dine here, however all remarks and reviews are honest and genuine)

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