Black & White

It was a very quiet Sunday morning so after a little stroll around central Christchurch, I headed to get some breakfast at the Black & White Coffee Cartel in Victoria Street.

Roasting on site, I’d heard good things about their coffee so that was the initial priority. I tried their espresso, as is my usual way, and it was very good.

While at the counter I was made aware of the sad news that today’s delivery of avocados had proved unusably hard which reduced my breakfast options a bit. Mention of a BLT bagel sounded quite promising, though, so I ordered that.

I took a seat and contemplated my surroundings. The walls had a really oddly eclectic range of posters including a couple of classic 80s Elton John looks.

My food soon arrived. It was presented as the elements of bacon, sliced tomato and a variety of lettuce leaves, along with a garlic mayo, for me to assemble onto the poppyseed bagel in whatever way I saw fit. This seemed like a good enough way of doing things.

With all my artful presentational skills exhausted, I tucked in. It proved pretty satisfying with lightly crisped bacon, good ripeness to the tomato, and a fresh bitterness to the lettuce. The bagel had a good chew to it. The only slight downside was the number of poppyseeds I got trapped in my teeth, but I suppose that’s life.

So overall, I enjoyed my visit to Black & White. They served me a good breakfast featuring some top notch coffee to start a day of wandering around Christchurch. They seem to have a few branches around town so it’s definitely a place to visit next time you’re in these parts.

Blythe scores Black & White
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 15/20

I ate: BLT bagel

I drank: espresso, water

I wore: the return of the hibiscus shirt

Total bill: $17

Address: 83 Victoria Street, Christchurch 8013

Written by BKR