Early Bird Café and Kitchen is a small, easily passed establishment on a nondescript street corner in Harberfield. The most noticeable thing could be the small crowd of people waiting for their takeaway coffee! But you will miss something if you just pass on by. Breakfast is served all day though so you have plenty of time!
The reused mixed n matched furniture and “my grandmother used to have these” plates bring a wonderful homely vibe to this café. The numerous plants add some greenery & life and overall it’s a very friendly and pleasant place for a weekend breakfast. While the lunch menu has a Thai twist, that’s not what I write about so you’ll need to try it yourself if chicken satay on brioche bun with purple cabbage coleslaw and peanut dressing ($16.50) sounds like something that you’d like to try!
The waitstaff walked that fine line between being attentive and helpful while giving us time to chat and enjoy our meal.
Toby’s Estate coffee ($3.50) was blissful and well made. All of the barista varieties are here including iced coffee, iced chocolate and affogato ($6 each). T2 tea ($4) and freshly squeezed juice ($6.50) which is always a plus in my book, are also available.
Eggs on toast ($9) can be ordered poached or scrambled. As usual, it’s then up to you to add all of the sides that you want. The selection is large so you won’t miss out on anything! My guest added baked beans ($3) and a hash brown ($2). Neither had anything unique about them but they were exactly the type of each that my guest was after so in her case, that’s a good thing! Presentation was simple yet professional.
My sweet corn fritters ($17.50) featured a tower of two fritters, delicious bacon and a poached egg. It all rested on a bed of spinach. The fritters themselves were fantastic with a super crispy exterior. The refreshing salsa on the side consisted of avocado, Spanish onion, tomato and quinoa which was all seasoned and dressed slightly. Highly recommended.
There’s more that I’d love to go back to try including the french toast with grilled banana, maple syrup and marscapone ($16, add bacon for $2), Belgium fresh fruit waffle (with seasonal fruit, mixed berry compote, jelly and vanilla ice cream ($15) and veggie stack (grilled spinach, mushroom, hash brown, Roma tomato, avocado and haloumi cheese topped with a poached egg and pesto ($17.50). There’s a cheesy toast that you also need to drop in to experience yourself!
Located in a quite spot, all on its lonesome, Early Bird Café and Kitchen is definitely a spot that you need to check out. Friendly faces and good food in a relaxed environment will always win me over.
Overall Rating: 19.5/25
Phone: 9799 9974
Address: 47 Ramsay Street, Haberfield
Payment Options: Credit card, EFTPOS, cash (1.8% processing fee on card payments, surcharge on public holidays)