Hello fellow café lovers!
Welcome back to Cards and Cafés! I heard about Black Alchemy Café from a friend of mine and I thought that I’d add it to my list. So one Sunday morning my Dad and I decided to come and give Black Alchemy a try.
It was reasonably easy to find as it is in the shopping strip right next to Blackburn train station. There were a number of parking spots right outside Black Alchemy Café, but I think during the week you might have trouble finding a place as these parking spots are in a timed zone. But I would suggest parking down one of the side streets surrounding the café. But if you come by train then you’ll be able to see the café from the platforms and it will only be a short walk.
There are quite a few tables within Black Alchemy Café and we were very lucky to find a table right away (and this way during their busy time). But I’m sure on the weekends you’ll have no problem.
FOOD & DRINKS
Black Alchemy Café has a reasonably sized all day menu, with a number of mouth-watering meals to choose from. They have a few of the classics; such as eggs on toast and granola, to a twist on an old favourite, that being the soufflé pancakes.
The following menu photos were taken in October 2016 and therefore the menu might have changed.
I ordered a cappuccino and I loved the bright blue cup and the yellow saucer. I thought that the bright colours brought a sense of happiness and fun to the café. Let’s be honest, we all get sick of those boring white cups, so these bright colours are a welcomed change.
I thought that the coffee had a nice flavour, it was strong enough and it had a rich and creamy consistency. It was just cold when it arrived at the table, which isn’t good enough.
Coffee rating: 3/5
My Dad ordered a pot of tea, he said that it was fine and let’s be honest how can you stuff up a pot of tea?
My Dad ordered the two eggs your way with sourdough toast and a side of bacon and grilled tomato. He said that he thought the eggs were cooked quite well and just wished that the tomato was cooked a bit more and it wasn’t as soft as he usually likes them. We both think charging $4 for two slices of tomato is crazy!! That is way too more for the very small serving. This needs to be rethought and maybe reduce the price or increase the amount that is given.
He said that it was a simple mean done well and that he would eat it again.
I ordered the soufflé pancakes with seasonal fruits, mixed berry syrup, pistachio and ice cream.
First of all I thought that it was plated very beautifully. I loved the golden brown of the pancakes against the black plate and the bright colours of the fresh seasonal fruit.
The pancakes themselves were quite tasty and something quite different. They were very soft on the inside and had a slight crunch on the outside. I personally didn’t think the pancakes had much flavour and they definitely needed the fresh fruit and the berry syrup to add the much needed sweetness and flavour.
I felt annoyed as my Dad’s breakfast arrived 10 minutes before mine and he had almost finished his meal by the time mine finally arrived. Everyone knows that you NEED TO BRING THE MEALS OUT TOGETHER!!!! How can you bring one meal out and not the other? The point in going out together is to eat at the same time, not eat at different time while the other one stares at your food. There was no apologue, so this must be a common thing for them. This café needs to sort out their kitchen, as this is not on. Also they need to give more berry syrup as the serving in the little black bowl isn’t enough.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
The employee’s at Black Alchemy are friendly enough, they did not go out of their way to say hello or welcome us. The girl that served us didn’t really know the menu and when questioned about how they cook their tomatoes she didn’t know. As I said before, no one told us that my food was on its way or apologise that it didn’t come with my Dad’s meal. For me this is a huge no no as it is not difficult to go and let the customer know what is going on, this is the manager job and they definitely need more training if they don’t know how to do this.
I liked how the café was designed; I liked the pale wood like flooring and the exposed red-bricked walls. There are a number of tables inside the café, but I would suggest getting there before 10am on weekends to avoid having to wait for a table.
Finally, the cutlery is awful! It’s so mismatched and looks cheap. My fork was huge and my Dad’s fork was small. I personally hate mismatched cutlery, I think it looks so tacky!
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT BLACK ALCHEMY CAFÉ
Address: 110 South Parade, Blackburn, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9894 0041
Monday –Saturday –8:00 am- 3:30 pm
Sunday – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
CAFÉ RATING = 7/10
Have you visited Black Alchemy Café before? Tell me what you thought of it. Do you have any suggestions of cafe’s to visit?
Comment down below, I’m always looking for somewhere new to try.
Until next time,