Cute and small with a very local feel - this Brunswick cafe mixes the hipster environment with its modern touch well. With an outdoor area to enjoy the sun this was the perfect place to sunbathe (or just bake in general) over brunch.
Continuing on from my good run on brunch - Code 21 really delivered with the homey feeling and top notch staff that were attentive and helpful no matter what...and no matter how many times we asked for more plates (sorry not sorry).
The first dish up for the day was the Pulled Ham Hock Benedict (Black ink brioche bun, sumac hollandaise, poached eggs, chili crackling). I'm in love with this crackling, the poached eggs and the hollandaise. Very pretty to look at considering eggs benny aren't the most attractive dishes to photograph. The flavours worked together so well with an explosion of spices from a Mediterranean tasting dish. But most importantly on this dish - the crackling was as crispy and fatty as it should be making it perfect!
The Truffled Roasted Mixed Mushrooms (Potato rosti, sugar snap, beetroot puree and crisp) were perfection as well as i found the textures really varied and took me away from the same same taste of the mushrooms. Rosti was on point once again - crispy and soft. Beetroot puree was also yum though it didn't really make sense with the rest of the dish. Could've used with a couple more mushrooms and a variety of mushrooms.
This was probably my most unsure dish going into brunch as I'm not a huge fan of orange flavours (not even gummy lollies to be honest). The Spiced Orange Hotcakes (Blackberry curd, lemon curd, pomegranate poached pear, berries, pistachio, chocolate parfait) had a lot on the plate but it was all worth while. The orange flavour in the hotcake is quite subtle and I loved how fluffy it was! Really made it worthwhile consider it is just one hotcake. Highlight of the dish was the chocolate parfait that was dark and rich that went perfectly with the fresh fruits. One note to make though was the the pomegranate flavour didn't really come through on the pear though it was well poached.
I really enjoyed my experienced at Code 21 and if I'm in the area I'll definitely be back but if I'm not...it is quite out of the way to your usual suspects for brunch suburbs. The food is great and as is the low key atmosphere but you can find this elsewhere in the city too :)
Presentation (5): 4
Taste (5): 4
Service (5): 5
Atmosphere (5): 4