Bluebird Espresso

Bluebird Espresso has an unassuming storefront in Collingwood but judging by the wait time and significant lines, it is definitely a popular spot for brunch in the North. The decor is cute, the waitstaff hipster trendy and the dishes mouthwatering.

Toasted cornbread w/ avocado, salsa fresca, poached egg & jalapeno drizzle + chorizo ($17.5 + $2.5). Though visually stunning, this wasn’t a dish to reach the upper echelons of perfection. The avocado was unfortunately slightly raw, and so was not as tasty as it could have been. The cornbread was nice, though quite dry and the salsa didn’t assist in that department.

Smoked Trout Fishcake w/ preserved lemon aioli, a poached egg & a salad of fennel, caper berries & olives ($17.5) was a special special. I am bummed that this won’t be showing it’s beautiful face again, because this dish was spectacular. The fishcake was nicely crumbed and fried on the outside, the insides were protected and delicious. The trout wasn’t dried out and the flavour was very impressive. Everything on the plate came together very well, I was enamoured.

This Bloody Mary ($10.0) was fine, made with a thicker tomato juice base which was good, but again, too sweet for my liking. The spice factor was adequate though.

The Pièce De Résistance in the form of Brioche French Toast w/ salted caramel, banana, marscapone & ginger crunch ($16.0). I love me some good-ass dessert to finish off a meal, and this was both of those things. The Brioche wasn’t too heavily into the French Toast side of things, so remained buttery and sweet whilst not becoming too egg-like. The combination of bananas, salted caramel and marscapone can never really go wrong, and the ginger crunch added the final touches of texture to a delicious-ass dessert.

TL;DR Wow. Get there or be square.

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