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Round Bird Can’t Fly was started by Laura Webb-James and Evan James, and believes in cooking customer’s wholesome comfort food that is enjoyed in good company, with family and friends. The food is made with love and a strong philosophy in cooking for customers as if they were houseguests. With refined but simple dishes, Round Bird showcases seasonal produce from the local area, as they want to reduce the food miles from paddock to plate.
I met up with my friend Lauren for a much needed catch up. As this is her local area, she had been to this café in the past and was excited for me to come and try it.
The café is pretty easy to find, as it sits on Main Street in Lilydale and has plenty of parking. Just keep in mind that a number of these parking areas are in one-hour parking zones.
FOOD & DRINKS
The menu at Round Bird was laid out really well and we both loved that they had a separate menu page for the vegan customers. The menu is quite small and different to other cafes in the area, but I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll enjoy.
We also loved that they showcased where all the produce came from and the different people that were involved. It’s fantastic that they use locally sourced ingredients.
The following menu photos were taken in July 2017 and might have changed since.
I ordered a cappuccino and I quite enjoyed it. I was happy to see that it was nice and hot when it arrived at the table. It had a rich flavour and a thick and creamy consistency.
Coffee rating: 4/5
Lauren ordered a latte; she said that the flavours were fine and that it was nice and hot. Even thought it wasn’t her favourite blend, she still enjoyed it.
Coffee rating: 3/5
For breakfast, Lauren ordered the winter skillet with beans, chorizo, white anchovy, labne, dukkah egg and sourdough toast.
She usually likes to try different things, but this dish was a little too different for her liking. However, she still found it quite tasty.
Lauren said that it was very rich and that there wasn’t anything fresh to give relief to all the richness. She felt that there were too many elements and she didn’t like the texture, as it was all soft and squishy.
But, said loved the idea of the dish and thinks it’s perfect for winter. She just thinks they need to add something fresh, to help cut through all the rich flavours.
I ordered the felafel with pumpkin, hommus, greens, haloumi and a poached egg.
I’d never had felafel before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. But I thought that it was presented quite well when the plate was put down in front of me.
My poached egg was slightly overcooked, as the egg yolk was quite firm. The felafel was full of flavour, but personally wasn’t my ‘cup of tea’. The dish was still quite enjoyable, but I personally wouldn’t order it again as the spices were a bit too much for me. But that’s not to say that someone else wouldn’t enjoy the dish. It’s also nice to note that this dish comes as a vegan option.
The haloumi was quite nice and it added saltiness to the dish, which helped to bring out the flavours of the other spices.
I also found the dish a bit dry and that the hommus wasn’t quite enough to add moisture. I would have loved some lemon on the side or some kind of sauce that I could pour over it.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
We both loved the look of the café and thought that the Providore store is a great addition to showcase and sell local ingredients. Along the walls of the café they have local artists’ work that can be purchased.
The staff members were incredibly friendly and welcoming. They offered us coffee as soon as we sat down and we didn’t have to wait long to get them.
They didn’t check on us during our meal, which was fine with us, but did ask if we wanted another coffee when we had finished eating.
There aren’t too many tables inside the café itself, so I can imagine during the busy periods over the weekend they can get quite busy. They also have a few tables outside under umbrellas, which is the perfect spot to sit on a sunny day or if you have your dog with you. We both loved the plants at the entrance of the café and thought that they added warmth and colour. This contrasted well with the polished concrete floor, which can sometimes make a place feel cold.
We both found that the atmosphere was quite relaxed and didn’t feel any pressure to quickly order our food or eat fast and leave. We both felt comfortable to sit and chat enjoy each other’s company, while enjoying this beautiful café.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT ROUND BIRD
Address: 170 Main St, Lilydale, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9735 9724
Monday –Friday –7:00 am- 4:00 pm
Saturday –Sunday – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
CAFÉ RATING = 7/10
Have you been to Round Bird Can’t Fly before? Tell me what you thought of it. Do you have any suggestions of cafe’s to visit?
Comment down below, I’m always looking for somewhere new to try.
Until next time,