Black Bird is a cute and cosy little restaurant specialising in charcoal meats, and Colonel Light Gardens’ new secret gem which I am reluctant to tell you about.
Located amongst a small block of shops you would mistake this place for a takeaway shop if you weren’t paying attention but step inside and you will be greeted by the lovely owner Taran.
Taran looks after the floor with his warming attentiveness while his brother is in charge of the kitchen.
Blackened charcoal chicken with sesame coleslaw and salsa verde is their signature specialty dish. The chicken was extremely tender and juicy and just came away from the bone with ease. The marinade made from a mixture of aromatic herbs and spices was bold and full of flavour.
Beef brisket rubbed with mustard, celery powder, caraway, coriander seeds with radish slaw, smokey BBQ sauce, parmesan aioli and pineapple relish. The brisket was soft, juicy and just melted in the mouth. The barbecue sauce had a good balance of tanginess and sweetness.
Roti pumpkin with buckwheat, parsley tabouli, lemon and smoked eggplant puree.
Hand picked tomato with fennel seed salt, green onion, chilli & mint. The tomato was ripe and bursting with juicy sweetness.
Black Bird use a variety of woods for smoking to flavour their meats and they are always experimenting with different combinations.
They have only been trading for a short period of time so they are still working out teething problems which is the case in any sort of new venture but now that the secret is out I have no doubt diners will be flocking to Colonel Light Gardens to try out their delicious meats.