auction rooms, north melbourne

it was the last public holiday for a while here in melbourne over the weekend (happy birthday queen!), and apart from some considerate and understanding university lecturer who scheduled my exam for this week, i was determined to enjoy it! i managed to escape from my studies for a few hours and was excited to realise that auction rooms were open. a 20-minute wait and we had a lovely spot on the courtyard bench beneath a gorgeous indoor tree and vine … i felt for some of the larger tables though that had a 40+ minute wait.

this very hipster cafe is located on errol street, north melbourne. just one block up and over from the queen vic markets (for those who like a landmark and don’t mind a short walk), it was once home to the old wb ellis auction house and i appreciated how they have carried over the theme into the menu language.

menu, auction rooms

menu, auction rooms

speaking of menu (and no hurling abuse please), i was a little bit let down by the limited number of options. it’s not that there isn’t variety – there is (from mexican to nordic), but the menu is a little on the quirky/obscure side, lacked some breakfast staples (muesli, granola or bircher), and didn’t strike me as an everyday-kind-of-brunch place.

nordic breakfast board of tea-smoked rockling, pork sausage, whipped kale ricotta, cornichons and a soft-boiled egg with rye soldiers.

this was certainly out of my brunch comfort zone (fish and gerkins for breakfast?!), but it was a lovely grazing board and that whipped kale ricotta was tasty. the rockling (served cold) had a very smooth and light consistency, with a slight flavour infusion of the tea-smoking. i also had a great time dunking my soldiers into that perfectly runny boiled egg.

nordic breakfast board, auction rooms

nordic breakfast board, auction rooms

nordic breakfast board, auction rooms

nordic breakfast board, auction rooms

poached eggs with maple + coffee glazed bacon steak

eggs were delicious - with yellow, runny yolks. the thick bacon “steak” reminded me of a christmas ham. it had a lovely flavour, but was a small and fatty portion for $5.50.

eggs + bacon steak, auction rooms

eggs + bacon steak, auction rooms

the coffee was delicious. auction rooms use small batch roasting company and i found the flavour very smooth, with soft fruity undertones. i’m also a massive fan of the cups and saucers (anyone know the brand? i’ve since discovered they’re not acme and co as i first thought).

flat white, auction rooms

flat white, auction rooms

auction rooms, north melbourne

auction rooms, north melbourne

staff were generally pretty friendly, no doubt run off their feet from a busy long-weekend, but still managing a smile.

auction rooms, north melbourne

auction rooms, north melbourne

overall, auction rooms is a very trendy place in a very trendy space and whilst i enjoyed the vibe, the coffee, and food… i’m not sure this one is making it to the ‘favourites’ list.

verdict: great vibe and worth a try
find: www.auctionroomscafe.com.au

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