Note: Blackbird is temporarily closed. They're looking for a new place to 'migrate' to, so stay tuned!
Blackbird Brekkie is an all-day breakfast and brunch spot tucked away on a side of the ever-expanding Which Way West at Liberty Arcade. It's the perfect spot for a group of people who all want to eat different things and also want to people-watch chaps on Duplication Road.
The menu is pretty vast, which can be a bit daunting. They appear to have everything from Continental Breakfasts to Italian pastas to Arabic sharing platters. They also have a Lankan rice and curry for Rs. 690! We decided to opt for a full English Breakfast (Rs. 990) and a Carbonara (Rs. 960). Both dishes came out in a surprisingly short 10 minutes, nice and hot.
The English Brekkie was a well-executed fry-up that came complete with baked beans, sauteed mushrooms, a solitary tomato, butter, toast, 2 chicken & garlic sausages, a sunny side up egg (you can choose your egg any way), a couple of rashers of bacon, and some toast. The variety of stuff for under a thousand rupees here is staggering, but we could have done with more bacon, better sausages, and slightly more exciting bread. We also felt that while the quantity was almost exactly the same as Dottie's for example, the presentation wasn't as compelling.
The carbonara was a hefty portion that came with a chunk of garlic bread. We're glad they used real bacon (which is better than chicken bacon but worse than guanciale or pancetta), and that the sauce didn't show scrambled bits of egg. The pasta itself was slightly al dente, and tasted great. However, I didn't enjoy the olive slices on top, it just didn't suit the dish at all.
For dessert we opted to share a little chocolate mousse, which was enough to share between two at Rs. 340. The whipped cream wasn't too fresh, but the mousse itself was lovely and chocolatey, with a slight rum finish (which must have been essence because the waiter assured me there was no alcohol added).
Our drinks were good too, albeit a bit pricey. We tried out a Cappuccino (Rs. 390 for a small cup)and an Apple & Beetroot Juice Blend (Rs. 550). The cappuccino (and the rest of their coffee) is all from the French brand Cafés Richard. Other coffee options start at Rs. 320 for an espresso and go up to Rs. 830 for a Caramel Frappé. Lightly frothy and with the usual leafy coffee art, it was fairly quality coffee presented well.
The juice blend was fine too, super healthy with no added sweeteners (they gave us a little sugar syrup on the side). It was a tad lumpy and grainy, which we didn't really enjoy, but the freshness of the ingredients was great.
The vibe of the place is surprisingly airy and nice, with lots of natural light coming in from the road-facing windows, chill lounge jazz, and cosy seating. The coffee bar panel is also an earthy mix of wood and (misleadingly un-updated) blackboards, which softens the place. We found a nice spot by the window overlooking the street so we could people-watch.
There was just one friendly solo waiter, but one efficient staff member is all the place really needs. We were checked upon frequently, and he was able to give us recommendations which is always a huge plus.
Our general experience of Blackbird was good. It wasn't unique or exciting enough to warrant a 5*, but it's standard well-cooked food, a full and varied menu, and friendly service. We'd recommend it!
Our lunch experience at Blackbird Brekkie & Brunch.
Our first look at Colombo's newest breakfast and brunch spot.
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