I had the unfortunate luck of getting ill two weekends in a row and spending majority of the Easter long weekend confined at home so by the last day of the weekend, I was getting pretty antsy. Craving good coffee and solid food, Mr A and I headed out to Brunswick to suss out the new café opened by Joseph Haddad - father of the Cafenatics brand. Code Black Coffee is housed in a double warehouse and upon entering, once your eyes adjust to the darkness, you can see a sleek and elegantly designed interior that is really cool and pretty at the same time.
We place our drink orders while we peruse the menu. The magics were much stronger than usual and although it was nice, I much preferred the coffees churned out at Industry beans which was much more creamy and caramel-y.
I was torn as I really wanted to try the house made crumpets with whipped orange ricotta but decided to order based on my head, not my heart (next time, crumpets!) and went for the baked eggs. Unfortunately the eggs were slightly overcooked however still had a slight gooeyness to it once I started digging. The combination of the mellow leek puree with the sharp goats cheese was really good while the bacon (optional add on) gave the needed saltiness. The polenta fingers were crumbly and crisp outside and creamy inside which was a nice change from the usual toasted bread.
I had already guessed that Mr A would order this as it held the title of 'Australia's best toasted sandwich 2012.' An impressive title and I can absolutely see why it has managed to snag such a title with so many textural and flavour explosions in a bite. The crisp and velvety polenta with a cheese centre against the mayo slathered grilled bread and soft, meaty truffle mushrooms finished off with the perfectly fried egg - altogether it was a satisfying dish despite missing the top layer of bread to qualify as a 'toasted sandwich.'
At our waitress' recommendation, we ordered a Persian love cake to satiate our sweet tooth.
Code Black Coffee roast and sell their own blends of coffee which are available near the front of the café.
I absolutely love the space at Code Black Coffee and there a few other items on the menu which I'm hoping to come back soon and try. Staff were on the ball and service was efficient during our visit. If you happen to drop by for a visit and test out the 'best toasted sandwich', please let me know what you thought. Is this really Australia's best toasted sandwich?
Will I return? Yes, enjoyed our meal here.
Code Black Coffee
15-17 Weston Street
Brunswick VIC 3056
(03) 9388 0005
Mon to Sun 7am - 5pm