With only a small counter and shop front, Black Toast is deceptively large. It goes back fairly deep, opening into a decent seating area. And it’s a good thing too, because it usually gets pretty crowded on weekends.
Packets of Campos Coffee, Sonoma and Madhouse Muesli and Black Toast’s very own organic chai line shelves as you enter, all available for purchase. There are also Sonoma sourdoughs and small range of fairly standard cakes and pastries laid out in the rustic wooden counter. The further you walk, the more industrial it gets, with graffiti art covering the walls, exposed pipe, etc. However, rather than feeling like you’re inside a suspiciously clean warehouse or factory, like most industrial-type eateries, you feel like you’re sitting outside it, on the street.
At $3.50, the coffee wasn’t particularly notable, just good given the lack of options around. This made me consider that perhaps the food and seating was the main drawing point of Black Toast, and the reason behind its popularity. Then the packaged chai got me thinking; maybe I ordered the wrong drink…so I went back to try the chai latte. I don’t know that they use their actual mix of herbs and spices you see in the packets or whether it’s some kind of powder, but the result is pretty damn tasty and full of cinnamon.
Regular coffee/chai: $3.50
43 Booth Street, Annadale