Located in the heart of the popular O’Connell Street is a cute little café / juice bar called Black Eye Coffee. Upon walking in, I felt like I was transported back to the Central Markets in the Adelaide CBD – it reminded me of a stall at the Markets where you could literally smell and taste the healthiness and freshness in what was being served. There are wooden crates that are beautifully scattered across the wall behind the bar counter, each of which houses fresh fruit. The bar itself is a very pleasing sight to the eye and brings life to the place with a vibrant ‘pop’ of colors. The team at Adelaide Food Central was invited to sample food and drink from their menu, where everything was provided free of charge.
The staff members were absolutely lovely and gave us a brief background on what Black Eye Coffee is all about. The team pride themselves in providing only the freshest of fresh options of juices, smoothies, and shakes. There are no additives or preservatives that are added to their drinks – which you can witness for yourself as they make your order(s) in front of you. The place also offers lots of room for customization, where you can create your own masterpiece as a juice / smoothie / shake by choosing what ingredients you’d like in your drink of choice. I thought that was a very cool and healthy idea where you can enjoy your fruits in quantities that appeal to you best.
There are a range of drinks that we were welcomed with – all of which were made fresh and right in front of us. There is something strangely therapeutic and calming about seeing the guys make the smoothies and juices from scratch! I would highly recommend you to observe the staff as they concoct delicious drink after drink and have a pleasant conversation with them while you’re at it!
The Green Smoothie with apple, banana, celery, kale, spinach, pineapple, kiwi, ginger, and yoghurt delivers a super healthy and incredibly delicious drink. There is a subtle hint of the ginger taste that makes this drink very refreshing and enjoyable. While I am often put off by green drinks, this one was a surprise and it’s safe to say that I’ll be going back for more in the upcoming weeks.
The Mango Tango was another favourite drink with mango, orange juice, ice cream and banana. The smoothie texture was soft and creamy and the sweetness from the mango and banana complemented the citrus flavour from the orange juice beautifully. The ice cream may have been responsible in giving me a slight brain freeze, but it was so worth it!
The juice with orange, pineapple, and strawberry almost got mistaken for a cocktail. With a very generous serve, this juice was just as refreshing as the other drinks and is the perfect solution to those hot, 40 degree days in Adelaide! All it took were three simple ingredients to make a seriously delicious drink such as this!
For the food, we had the Tuna sandwich and the Salami sandwich. These sandwiches can be enjoyed hot or cold, which is the beauty of why it is ideal for both; a dine-in or a takeaway experience. Additionally, the buns for each of these sandwiches were sesame-seed (my favourite!) and had a subtle infusion of chilli and garlic within the bun, to provide for a unique take on sandwich bread.
The Tuna sandwich had a super soft and creamy tuna meat, which mixed well with fresh veggies such as cucumber, capsicum, and lettuce. It’s the perfect sandwich that is ideal for lunch, especially if you’re looking to grab a quick bite.
However, if you’re not a huge fan of tuna, the Salami sandwich was equally pleasing! The salami practically tore off with minimal effort and tasted scrumptious with fresh tomato slices, lettuce, and cheese (which would taste divine if the sandwich was heated / toasted)! The pesto sauce that was smeared at the base of this sandwich was an excellent add-on that gave the sandwich a zesty tang, which pleased the palate well!
Lastly, we sampled the Big Breakfast with sausages, scrambled egg, mushroom, capsicum and a slice of bread, with a glaze of balsamic vinegar. The mushroom and capsicum were drizzled in olive oil, which brought out the flavours really nicely. The scrambled eggs were cooked brilliantly and the sausages had a spicy aftertaste that worked well with the combination of the eggs and the mushroom and capsicum mix.
We walked into Black Eye Coffee as starving food bloggers who were looking for a fresh and delicious array of food and drinks to savour, and we left thoroughly satisfied. The staff members were lovely, the food and drink delivered in presentation as well as taste, and the open space and welcoming nature of the café itself further added to the fantastic experience that was a brunch service at Black Eye Coffee. Seeing how it’s situated in a prime spot such as O’Connell Street (which is less than 15 minutes out of town via public transport), I would drop by and visit this lovely café if I was in the area.
Words by Fatema Sitabkhan
WHERE: 36 O’Connell St, North Adelaide