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“Best cafe in Lilydale”

Round Bird Can't Fly
Ranked #3 of 56 Restaurants in Lilydale
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Reviewed 6 June 2022 via mobile

Lilydale is on the up-and-up food wise.
After the town being in a lull for many years, things are starting to change and thankfully, Round Bird Can’t Fly is part of the rise in culinary delights in this town.
A friend invited me and between us we drove 50kms to get there (it was halfway point) and so glad she recommended this place.
We’d booked a table on a cold Sunday lunch and with the rain teaming down, it was lovely to walk into a full café with a friendly, warm atmosphere. The décor is recycled industrial with the warm of homemade produce on the shelves and local artwork on the walls.
The menu isn’t huge, so the choices are easy to make.
After a hot chocolate (with handmade marshmallow square) and latte each, we ordered two meals that were superb.
The meals arrived and served on stunning pottery which seems to be a theme at Round Bird. The gnocchi with heirloom tomatoes, stracciatella and prosciutto and basil ($25) plus the bento bowl with miso rice, teriyaki tofu, avocado, broccoli, edamame, pickled carrot, vegan kimchi and my friend ordered mushrooms as well ($25)
The gnocchi was handmade and the texture was light without being too cheesy, which often happens with cafes. The prosciutto was thinly sliced and not overloaded on the plate, giving the taste a combination of salty, creamy and delicate puffy gnocchi. My friend’s bento bowl was refreshing with an abundance of fresh vegetables and ideal for the vegetarian or vegan. Which brings me to another tick in their favour – they cater for dietary requirements of their guests. So just let the staff know if there is something on the menu that you’d like without the ‘this’ or the ‘that’.
Takeaway coffee appears to be a roaring trade and with the exceptional cakes display, there is something for those that have a sweet tooth.
Local food wares available for sale at the front of the cafe plus, the pottery that the meals are served on are also for sale at the front of the cafe.
If you were coming for dinner, there is a small wine list with reasonable prices.
Nicely, there is a private dining area that has the decor that’ll
Appeal to everyone.
There is outdoor seating as well and once the warmer weather comes around, it would be the perfect place to sit with family or friends and pass the time with drinks / meal.
Parking is pretty good out the front but there are time limits, so beware.
Access into the café is very good. Seating can be accommodated for a wheelchair or if someone needs more space / accessability..
Disabled toilet which also includes a change table plus one other toilet.
Staff were friendly, helpful but also discreet, not interrupting our long overdue catch-up, filled with joyous memories and tears.
Summary: 10 out of 10. A must visit in all seasons and explore the rotating menu.

Date of visit: June 2022
Thank urbandrifter
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Reviewed 1 March 2022

Food tasted great. The only thing is we ordered 3 salmon and when we got our order, one of them is half the size of the other 2. Everybody was staring and saying how small it is compared to the other 2! I felt a bit cheated😦 When they plated it, they could see it but didnt do anything about it.

Date of visit: March 2022
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2  Thank 112nilak
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Reviewed 22 February 2021 via mobile

Fabulous produce-driven breakfast of scrambled eggs, roast tomatoes, mushrooms and local bacon on sourdough. Simple ingredients perfectly executed... just what I needed. Husband ate croquettes with halloumi & avo & poached egg. Also delicious. Service was stellar and speedy.

Date of visit: February 2021
1  Thank ChayleeK
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Reviewed 2 January 2021 via mobile

Eating here recently for breakfast was a pleasant surprise. The menu was interesting and caters for all types of eaters. The service was quick and efficient and our meals came out quickly despite them being quite busy with both diners in house as well as take always. A great selection of cakes as well as a huge range of jams, preserves and the like for sale as well. The food was fresh and delicious and I be happy to return here again and try the lunch menu. The homemade smoked cured salmon was an absolute standout and went superbly with poached eggs and grainy toast.

Date of visit: January 2021
Thank Rachael951
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Reviewed 4 May 2020

Breakfast menu not that fantastic, but tea was nice. Liked the atmosphere as well, and staff were quite friendly too. Not too bad.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Thank MrDavetheSarks
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