Bluebird Espresso, Collingwood
Bluebird Espresso has some amazing scores on Zomato, but I can’t say I fell in love with the place myself. I dragged my friend Jo to check out the food and whilst the service was warm and hip, the food left a little to be desired. The spot is great and it wasn’t too busy at all when we got in, which is a boon as the seating is a tighter around the edges. We had the zucchini and mint fritters ($16) as well as the grilled halumi sandwich ($12.50) with mushroom, dukkah, spinach and mayo. The fritters were alright, but were soggy in the middle with the mint being hard to taste. The harrisa labne was a highlight. The burger was okay, but was a bit too plain.
The crispy sides of the fritters were great, as they should be. But inside the filling was wet and didn’t feel cooked through. Compare to the South Melbourne Borek Shop in which the zucchini fritters are $2 and crispy like the fences of the underworld. We did enjoy the flavours of the harrisa labne which brought the dish up and were a good accompaniment for the eggs.
Continuing the short-lived vegetarian theme, my friend Jo had the halloumi sandwich/ burger. The halloumi was well cooked and the bread was solid, but the dish was a bit bland. A sweet sauce or something else with a sharp taste would have helped make it a little more memorable than cheese, leaves and mayo in bun.