Code Black Brunswick is pretty famous for the overly pretentious Triple J/hipster crowd, so when Sandy suggested we eat at Code Black, I honestly expected to be served by someone who shopped solely at Savers. As Sandy was engaged in, what seemed to be, an eternal struggle to find parking, I wondered into Code Black alone. The lighting was dim and a sensual RnB feel to the room. The place was simply set up with no focus on trying to be pompously Avant-Garde. No shade on the other places we’ve reviewed though.
Pork, Duck & White Bean Cassoulet, Poached Egg, Gremolata & Toasted Sour Dough $20
First things first, round of applause to me for pronouncing “cassoulet” correctly. Now for the food, I inadvertently ordered yet another tomato-base dish (my bad). The cassoulet was almost like a minestrone soup. Just like the expensive fur coat you inherited from your wealthy estranged aunty, the dish was warm, full of character and appropriate for the miserable Melbourne weather. The most magical moment comes when you break into the poached egg and witness the sea of yellow yolk just seep everywhere. I love bread and, more often than not, I find eateries are just stingy with their portions of carbohydrates. The reverse is the case with Code Black. There was just too much bloody buttery bread.
Crispy Chickpea, Chorizo, Dried Tomato, Roasted Kipfler Potato, Parsley & Shaved Manchego Salad with Tahini Dressing & Toasted Sesame $16.90
My dish was quite different from what I usually order. There were earthy undertones from the greens, but when eaten in a mouthful with the other components it was quite pleasant. The roasted kipfler potato chips and chick peas added a nice crunch to the salad.
Vincent – 3/5
Sandy – 3/5