Bircher Muesli from Four Birds, Darwin

This protein packed, wonderfully light Bircher Muesli recipe filled with seeds, nuts, dried apricots, figs, fresh grapefruit and sour yoghurt was divulged to me by the lovely Louisa Ainsworth of Four Birds in the Star Village right in the heart of the Darwin.

This recipe is super easy to prepare in advance, allowing you a quick breakfast to grab on the go.

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Four Birds Breakfast Board - Bircher Muesli with grilled grapefruit, honey, sour yoghurt and fresh fruit
Four Birds Breakfast Board – Bircher Muesli with grilled grapefruit, honey, sour yoghurt and fresh fruit

Cult icon Four Birds was created five and a half years ago to fill a much needed niche providing smooth, creamy coffee and healthy, interesting options for breakfast and lunch. The inspiration for Louisa came soon after returning to Darwin to be closer to family when she found there was not a decent coffee to be found anywhere in the city.

Haloumi and homemade pesto brioche burger with rocket and herbed aioli
Haloumi and homemade pesto brioche burger with rocket and herbed aioli

Frustrated at the basic options available, Louisa found a cozy space tucked down a laneway in the Star Village under the shade of a giant Frangipani tree. Thus, Four Birds was born. The philosophy was focused on food, coffee and putting a smile on the face of every customer to walk through the door. Louisa also included a range of gluten and dairy free options as part of an inspired, ever evolving menu that showcases the imagination of Louisa and her team and the fresh local produce available each season. Pioneering the modern food culture that has since begun to permeate Darwin, Four Birds hit the ground running from opening day, with Louisa and her mother running the kitchen and a garden of fresh herbs growing out the back door and has since grown to harbour a cult following among the local foodies.

The atmosphere is warm and inviting, as the garden beds planted outside have matured with the café, creating a lush tropical oasis in the heart of the city. What originally attracted me to Four Birds was the almond or coconut milk options for my coffee, but what kept Ben and I going back was how genuinely good the food was. Utterly transfixed by our huge breakfast of scrambled eggs with ricotta, smoked salmon and rocket one morning, my partner, the beautifully eloquent wordsmith, was quoted saying “This food is yum!” With a great selection of ready-to-eat muffins and sweet treats and mouthwatering cooked breakfasts, it’s a must-visit on your Darwin holiday.[box type=”info” style=”rounded” border=”full”]Four Birds // shop two star village // 32 smith st darwin nt 0800 // mon-fri: 0700-1500 // sat: 0800-1400
The Milk Bar // t24/t25 the galleria // 39 smith st darwin nt 0800 // mon-fri: 0700-1500 // sat:0800-1400
Louisa Ainsworth //[/box]

IMG_5458Through the success of Four Birds, Louisa was approached to re-inspire a dilapidated café in a mall on the opposite side of the Smith Street shopping strip. The Milk Bar has now been open for more than two years, and though the space is different to Four Birds, Louisa took the challenge head on and brought a similarly inspired menu as well as imbuing The Milk Bar with the personality and friendly hospitality rarely found in a too often clinical mall setting.

Louisa now spends her time between the two locations, but the family vibe still remains with her mother still making all the chutneys herself and fresh herbs still cut daily from the garden out back.


— Phoebe —

[ingredients title=”Ingredients”]

  • 1kg organic rolled oats
  • 1kg granny smith apples, grated
  • 1 cup sultanas
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon, ground
  • 2 cups natural yoghurt
  • 1 1/2 L fresh pressed apple juice
  • 1 cup toasted slivered almonds


[directions title=”Directions”]

  1. Allow to soak overnight
  2. Soak dried figs in earl grey tea to serve on top with natural yoghurt, fresh sliced apple and manuka honey