His Lordships luncheon…

Posted by on May 18, 2011 in CBD, Dining, Melbourne, Vegetarian | 5 comments

His Lordships luncheon…

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I finally made it to Earl Canteen, this hallowed and fabled gourmet sandwich meeting palace place. Earls has to be one of the most blogged about cafes in Melbourne fusing gourmet meals with bread. Could a girl (or boy) ask for anything more? I have long been a believer that most things work well in sandwich form…lasagna, vegetarian chilli, stuffing (yes, I am aware that’s effectively bread on bread) just about anything really.

Earl makes gourmet affordable, portable, accessible and adds bread to the mix!!

I don’t think I can even begin to do their selection justice so have listed a few of my favorites from the current menu below;

Duck Confit $16
Confit duck, caramelised figs, walnuts, onion jam, radicchio, watercress, ciabatta

Lime Poached Chicken $12
Lime & palm sugar poached Milawa chicken, crunchy salad, coriander, chilli, nuoc nam, baguette

Pork Belly $13.5
Crisp skin Otway pork belly, apple, cabbage & fennel coleslaw, wilted silverbeet, baguette

Ratatouille & Burrata $12
Chunky ratatouille vegetables, local fiore di burrata, lots of herbs, baguette

They also offer an EARL Lunch Box for $13.5 which includes a limited range of the sandwiches, a salad and a little cake or biscuit. For journalistic integrity we went with the lunch box option…the things I suffer for this blog!


My lunchbox included a Roast Mushroom & Goats’ Curd(?) (edit I think this may have been fiore di burrata instead)  baguette which was a variation from the menu but pretty amazing.

So let’s get in to detail;

The baguette- Thrilled to have a vegetarian option with a difference. The baguette bread was crunchy and bready and dense. The fillings were such a tasty combination. The catch? Impossible to eat this in any semblance of neatness. We both ended up (after dropping stuff everywhere) deconstructing the baguettes to make them easier to eat.

The salad – sooooo good. Crunchy with a light non oily but super tasty dressing.

The cake – I think it was a lemon and almond cake and it was amazing. The edge had a soft crisp crunch with a moreish inside.

This is a big lunch but with the removal of a bit of the bread content we managed to eat it!

I am glad we took our sandwiches back to work with us (I can only handle so much public humiliation) but evidently many are far more graceful than me and the venue was packed inside and out.

I will definitely be returning and may go one of the amazing sounding salads next time (giant quinoa with pomegranate seeds) – if I can resist the lure of all that bready goodness.

They are located at the back of 500 Bourke St so you need to duck through the foyer and up the stairs to the rear courtyard.

**and on a side note they sell great looking macarons!!! Next visit I think….

EARL Canteen on Urbanspoon

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  1. It looks familiar, whereabouts is this? I’d like to try too

    • 500 Bourke St between William and Queen – about a 5 min walk from Bourke St Mall. Totally worth the treck!

      (in the base of the NAB building)

  2. i have been to this place, good review

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