If you seek to venture a bit deeper into Northcote you’ll find Field Black, a little cafe with an abundance of charm. With some pretty friendly staff and a kitsch interior I wasn’t sure what to expect!
There isn’t much space in the actual cafe and the space is quite echoey and loud so I wouldn’t recommend coming here for a one on one catch up or anything. The space does suit the space though as it is quite cosy. The staff are the type you’d find in a suburban spot, ultra friendly, attentiveness and dad jokes galore!
The Mac Daddy (Mac + cheese croquette, bacon, smoked almond brussel sprouts, tumeric hummus, poached egg, green herb hollandaise) was first up and the foundation of it all was the mac + cheese and boy did it deliver! Beautifully creamy and perfectly crumbed with a crunchy texture that was basically heaven to eat. Strangely enough I also really enjoyed the brussel sprouts as it was quite charred, offering a bitterness that cuts through the creamy mac + cheese. Downsides, the hummus was grainy and quite difficult and unenjoyable to eat and the poached egg was overcooked. This was probably the most disappointing part as the dish felt disjointed in a way without a good sauce like the yolkiness of a poached egg.
Next was the Housemade Potato Breakfast Gnocchi (Seasonal mushrooms, garlic, chilli + herb butter, caramelised onion, kalettes, goats curd, toasted almonds, fried egg) which was the whole reason we came here - have to love a good gnocchi for brekky. The gnocchi was cooked well but needed more of the butter on it to make it more moist. The mushrooms were well cooked and really soaked up the butter flavour making them spongey and decadent. The crunch of pine nuts was also a nice addition that added some crunch to the dish. Overall it was yum but there were so so many little bits and pieces that I couldn’t really define each element. The egg was nice but perhaps poached would complemented overall better.
Dessert was Cumquat Mini Hotcakes (Blood orange marmalade, lemon curd, mango foam, tangerine pearls, finger lime, almond praline, freeze dried mandarin) which had so much citrus on the plate it was overwhelming. I needed some relief with some cream or something but there was none. The hotcakes were more of a flourless cake texture but it was a nice and moist. I liked all the elements individually but together it was just too much.
Great friendly staff and decent food. Considering the variety in the area I’m hesitant to say that Field Black should be your go to…but if there line is too long else where it would be a good stop!
Presentation (5): 4
Taste (5): 3.5
Service (5): 4
Atmosphere (5): 3.5