What do you do if you have a day off during the work week? You follow your weekend routine and head straight out for a vegan brunch! This time we checked out new cafe and specialty coffee roastery joint Code Black Coffee.
The first thing that struck us about Code Black Coffee is that the interior/exterior designers seriously like black; almost every surface is painted black which makes the large warehouse space kind of dark. In saying that, it's certainly not gloomy and it's actually pretty swish.
The menu is really well labelled for vegan, vegetarian and gluten free meals, with two menu items being vegan. I chose the 'Baked Silken Tofu w/ parsley and lemon crumb, roasted cherry tomatoes, spinach, pine nuts w/ sourdough toast' ($17.90) and wasn't disappointed. The silken tofu itself was a bit liked cooked egg white and was quite plain - which worked well with the salty topping of parsley and lemon crumb. The cherry tomatoes were full of flavour and the spinach was ok. This meal is definitely getting up there in the price stakes, but it was the first baked silken tofu I've had - and it was really good, so I can justify the price this time.
My sidekick opted for the other vegan option of 'Breakfast couscous, steamed w/ fruit juice, roasted nuts, dried peaches & cranberries served w/ house made coconut yoghurt and berries' ($13.90). The berries came in a separate little jug so that you could participate in assembling the final masterpiece before tucking in (or could it have been for those wanting the sans berries option?). Regardless, it was a delightful dish, with the house made coconut yoghurt a particularly super creamy highlight.
The coffee was really good, although it comes at a price. I ordered a soy latte and it came in a small coffee cup with a 60 cent soycharge for Bonsoy. So... not only was it expensive, but it was smaller than the usual latte in a glass that I've come to expect in Melbourne. Sidekick also had a bottled fresh orange juice for $4.