107 Errol St
North Melbourne, 3051
03 9326 7749
Located in the old WB Ellis Auction house, this is another new addition (though not so new anymore – est 2008) to the Melbourne’s warehouse style roastery-café scene. The distressed bricks, cylindrical lights made from industrial piping, fruit and veggie crates, was accurately analogised in The Age as coming together “artfully, assembled from skips and salvage yards by a couple of blokes with a spot welder, a nail gun and a good eye”.
Though it was a chilly-wintery Melbourne morning, the warmth streaming through the windows was pleasantly warming against my woollen jumper.
Latte with the house blend ‘Candyman’ (bottom left) – lighter coloured brew with a slight acidity, delightful caramel notes and overall a softer bodied blend. Mmmm I was quite pleased!
Next time I should definitely try something different for once… maybe a siphon? Though, café latte is currently my only baseline comparison for coffees. (Flat White pictured top left – not sure what happened there with the art?)
The knuckle sandwich – thinly carved slices of braised pork knuckle (earthy, moist and not overly fatty) is complemented by the slightly tart mixed pickle and piccadilli in a warm ciabatta roll with rocket and aged cheddar. And, of course a generous serving is always welcome by Almost Always Ravenous – i.e. moi!
Oat porridge – A simple but satisfyingly good boil of creamy porridge with poached pear and a deep red rhubarb puree. Enough said! Om nom nom.
The opening bid – two perfectly poached free-range eggs that ooze all over the sourdough toast was another simple pleasure for a lazy weekend breakfast. One can opt for extras, but sometimes simple is better. Plus there was already too much food on the table =P.
Rating: Yummy+1 – simply excellent coffee and brunch. Though my choice of food today has been ‘knuckled’ down to the basics, but no less pleasing for the stomach.