After searching high and low, left to right, in and out, i received a call on Friday evening presenting me a job offer. A first, since i arrived in Melbourne two months ago, 4 months from my last job and an opportunity to start cracking again.
The catch? It is not paying as much as i would like, i mean who complains of getting paid too much and i have to pack my bags again and fly off to.....Brisbane! A much warmer state, more beaches and an even more laid back town, i am told. It doesn't end there, it is a 6 month contract and if i screw up, i can kiss goodbye and say welcome back to unemployment.
By the time this is released out, i would have probably called to accept the job and be in frantic mode; trying to cancel everything that i signed up for in Melbourne and will be looking forward to house hunting again.
However the bottom line is, i am relieved and i can't wait to be back in action.
Gosh i will miss Melbourne.
So with the good news finally starting to sink in, the eating action should be going on full gear and recently we managed to cross out a place from the to-eat list; Earl Canteen.
Despite not being opened for too long, their roast pork sandwich has already been labeled as a "sex sandwich" and i suppose it is indeed a tough battle having to compare sex and the sandwich.
The concept of the place is basically a high end made to order sandwich bar using premium ingredients, meaning in short; gourmet sandwiches.
The three of us ordered the following:
Duck Confit sandwich - confit duck, caramelised wild figs, walnuts, onion jam, radicchio, watercress, ciabatta. The saltiness of the duck is balanced with the sweet figs and onion jam and rounded off with a good tasted ciabatta. While i loved the flavours and the combination, for AUD 16, i am not sure if i would order it again.
REAL Steak sandwich - grilled skirt steak, caramelised onion, provolone, beetroot, tomato, cos, mustard, focaccia. The sandwich was all hearty but the thickness of the steak made it hard to eat by hand as you can spend quite a bit of time chewing the steak. For those who don't like beetroot, you can stay away from this too. Otherwise, if you are looking for a sandwich made for a man, this is it. AUD 13.50.
Pork Belly sandwich - crisp skin Otway pork belly, apple, cabbage & fennel coleslaw, wilted silverbeet, baguette. The sandwich that probably sparked it all off, i am surprised how no one had thought of the combination earlier. The crispy crackling, moist pork and contrasting coleslaw, it does live up to the reputation it has gained. AUD 13.50.
As in most countries, macarons seem to be the "in thing". From pistachio, salted caramel, rose and passionfruit, the flavours all worked well especially the salted caramel. Then again everyone has been using salted caramel in their macarons. While the Wife and Cousin loved the texture, i found it all too gooey for me and was missing the crunchy layer. AUD 2.50 a piece, god forbid that they demand for more, if ever.
At the end of the day, Earl Canteen is exactly what is was set out to be, a gourmet sandwich bar for those who want to splurge a bit more on lunch. AUD 13.50 for a sandwich, you know who are the target audience since its located right below the National Australian Bank office at Bourke Street. People like me? Once in a blue moon unless i can replicate my own roast pork sandwich!
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Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. Although not exactly value for money, it never did claim itself to be a value for money spot, instead you pay for premium ingredients and thankfully they didn't mess it up and presented us with beautiful sandwiches.