Code Black Coffee is a cafe and specialty coffee roaster in Brunswick. It is housed in one of the most darkly dramatic warehouse conversions I’ve seen, designed by local Brunswick architects ZWEI Interiors Architecture.
As its name suggests the exterior is a brutal black and the interior is all masculine. Black walls, dark concrete floors, black wire furniture with only glints of wood and industrial metal. It’s all sharp edges and jagged angles and if there was ever a set for a ninja training school, this would be it.
While outwardly it may not look too child-friendly, they do cater well for kids. The place is so big that there’s lots of rooms for prams and the black is broken up by the white plastic IKEA high chairs.
There are no toys or activities but I saw kids watching the roasting operations while they waited for their food.
The food menu is has lots of creative dishes as well as a menu for under 12s that features crumpets, fruit and yoghurt, poached egg on toast and a pair of party pies. Each dish is $5.90, one of the cheaper options for kids I’ve seen in trendy cafes.
I started with a bacon and soft-shelled crab brioche burger ($20). That’s three of my favourite ingredients in one awesome dish! Inside the fat bun was also stuffed some spicy slaw with some creamy mashed potato and sharp cornichons on the side, a needed textural contrast from the fry-up.
For dessert I chose double-downed on brioche. To be precise, French toast brioche sandwich filled with hazelnut and chocolate ganache and salted caramel sauce ($17.90). Another three of my favourite ingredients combined!
If you choose the start your day with one of these beauties then make sure you allocate time for a food coma afterwards. There were three fat slices of chocolately brioche, a large pool of scorching salted caramel and a generous handful of crunchy cocoa and goji berry crumble. A very tempting combination but I had a problem with the sauce. I’m not sure it was the chef or the cold weather but the sauce had basically set by the time I was halfway through the plate. It was impossible to cut through, sticking to the cutlery and plate and I was afraid I was going to lose teeth trying to chew it.
It goes without saying that the coffee at Code Black Coffee is of a high standard and on Saturdays they run free cupping sessions in a dedicated cupping room.
Code Black Coffee shows that you don’t have to stop going to cool cafes just because you have kids in tow. They’re open every day at 7am too which means you can beat the brunch crowds, especially if your kids are like mine and wake up ravenous at 6am!
- pram access;
- high chairs;
- kids menu;
- standard menu suitable for kids; and
- disabled toilet with room for pram.