I didn’t get a photo of any food from Little Bird Unbakery¬†until my fourth visit. As soon as food arrived, the vibrant colours of the vegetables and delicate smell of herbs and oils made me set upon it with gusto, while my camera sat forgotten.

My first experience of Little Bird Organics was their raw macaroons. I tried the passionfruit flavour, and it was a love affair from that moment. The passionfruit has such a robust, tangy kick, perfectly offset by the rich coconut. They certainly don’t taste like health food.

The food on offer in their unbakery embraces these qualities. The cabinet is full of inviting cheesecakes, tarts, date balls and slices, and their clipboard menu boasts such regulars as raw pad Thai, sprouted bread and raw sushi.

I have ordered the Carter’s sprouted bread with smashed peas and nut cheese twice and I’m crazy about it. It has just a hint of mint, a fine drizzle of oil and nut cheese for salty balance. The bread tastes predominantly of buckwheat, and texturally it has more in common with a cracker than bread. [EDIT: Tried another Carter’s sprouted bread dish and it was much more bread-like this time.]

The unbakery doubles as a store, home to many of their fantastic products and other raw products, too. You must visit if you are in the Auckland area.