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I must admit, that I’m probably the last foodie/blogger in Melbourne that has yet to blog/taste the astounding sandwiches at EARL Canteen

So, last Friday… I was determined that I’d jump on the bandwagon and eat the most talked-about Roast Pork Belly Sandwich ever!

It took Funnyman and myself approximately 20 minutes to locate … not because we were terrible in directions or were simply and completely utterly bad at reading addresses…

Nor was the fact that I knew exactly where EARL Canteen was, I’d walked pass it countless of times to and fro my old work place…

It’s just that I stubbornly refused to admit that I got the building mistaken with 600 Bourke Place (another old workplace)… EMBARRASSING!

Anyway, back to my sandwich… it was one of the most expensive sandwiches I’ve ever paid for $13.50however, I was not disappointed at all… and there is an explanation as to why EARL charges the way it does.

Service was exceptional (I did go slightly before 12pm to avoid the crazy mad lunch crowd that makes EARL go bananas)

The crispy pork skin? DIVINE! Tender and melt-in-your-mouth Otway pork belly…

Served with Apple, Cabbage and a Fennel coleslaw with wilted silverbeet in a freshly baked baguette…

I’d died and arrived at Piggy Heaven…

Absolutely porked out at the end of my meal…

No wonder EARL has got the Melbourne Foodie community abuzz, amazed and excited…!

Would I return? I might… to try the other sandwiches on their menu…especially their Duck Confit ($16)…
Often? No, it’s a tad too expensive for a daily fare.

But it is a definite well worth splurge to have every now and then.

*Disclaimer: All food ratings are purely based on my own experiences and how I feel about the service, food and quality

Food/ Cuisine: Contemporary
Dining Style: Canteen/ Cafe
Overall Food Rating (Based on the Dining style): 8.5/10
Restaurant ambiance: 8/10
Service/ Attitude: 8/10 (I was greeted and smiled at by the staff even when I whipped out my camera to take a picture in the cafe for a just-in-case-it gets-damaged-on-the-way-back shot)!
Value for money: 6.5/10 (Quite pricey for what it was)

500 Bourke Street
(Enter via Little Bourke Street… it’s right underneath MoVida Aqui)
Melbourne VIC 3000

Tel:(03) 9600 1995


EARL Canteen is open from
7.30am – 5.00pm
Monday to Friday

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