|Cool space at Auction Rooms - a converted warehouse and an old auction room|
|All day menu|
|Banana & walnut bread with espresso butter & maple syrup ($10.50)|
This is certainly not the healthy option on the menu. The serving was huge and my wife couldn't finish it so I had to help her out, which I certainly wasn't complaining about given how tasty this banana bread was.
|Crispy skinned pork belly with watermelon, pickles & quail eggs ($19)|
The pork belly was very well cooked. The crackling was crispy, the meat was tasty and so tender that both the meat and fat just melted in the mouth. Just delicious!
The watermelon was grilled and I found this component to be quite interesting. Surprisingly it goes well with the pork belly, something that is fresh and juicy to cut through the fattiness of the pork belly. Grilling the watermelon gives it a more meaty texture.
The quail eggs were a vibrant purple as they were beetroot - pickled. I am not sure whether this actually enhanced the flavour of the quail eggs, they were still pleasant to eat (and look at) nonetheless.
The pickles were good for cutting through the richness of the pork. They were deep fried, and to be honest I would have preferred the pickles were served unfried.
|Barisra at work and open kitchen|
Highlight: Excellent coffee. One of the better cups in Melbourne.
Lowlight:We were so full from the big portions, that we needed to take a long, long walk to burn off all those calories. Perfect for curing a hangover though!
Overall: Auction Room is a fantastic cafe. Both the coffee and food are great here and reasonably priced. The staff are friendly too and the the dining space is casual and relaxed. A great spot to unwind at during the weekend. 7.5/10 (Great)
Address: 103 - 107 Errol St, North Melbourne VIC
Contact no: 03 9326 7749