Friday, 16 May 2014

Auction Rooms

Is that a tree growing in the café? How wonderful! A couple of months ago I visited Auction Rooms in North Melbourne. We were greeted at the door and seated at our table straight away. Our waitress was efficient but seemed a little distracted.

Back to the tree...Auction Rooms is a café and coffee roaster located in the old auction house building. The interior is industrial but interesting. From the tubular lights to the uneven floors. It would be lovely sitting in the atrium under the olive tree, coffee in hand...

We ordered some coffees ($4.00)... The Candyman espresso blend by Small Batch tasted amazing! It had a very different taste to other coffee blends I’ve tried but was just so scrumptious.

Their menu was exciting and unique with dishes such as ‘Seared rare kingfish with puffed rice, tamarind & smoked almond cream, grilled nectarine & a sous vide egg’ ($21.00) and ‘Saffron crostini with figs, ricotta & honeycomb’ ($14.00). I decided to have the ‘Seaweed & rice noodle salad with salmon gravalax, melon & shaved macadamia’ ($18.00). The fettuccini of seaweed made a lovely bed for the delicious salmon gravalax. The balls of cantaloupe and watermelon cut back the saltiness of the other elements. A superb creation.

Seaweed & Rice Noodle Salad

My friend went with the ‘Gippsland grass-fed pastrami sandwich with onion jam & fennel slaw’ ($17.00). She was struggling to get through the meal but I thought it couldn’t possibly be that bad. I tried the sandwich and boy was I mistaken... The bread was like a lump of wood. So dense and dry, it was difficult to swallow. The pastrami was tough and overall the sandwich was very dry and unpleasant.

Pastrami Sandwich

Auction Rooms is a great place to enjoy a marvellous coffee and perhaps try some interesting food. Just make sure you avoid the pastrami sandwich...

Address: 103-107 Errol St, North Melbourne, VIC

Phone: 03 9326 7749

 Trading Hours: Mon – Fri: 7.00am – 5.00pm
                            Sat – Sun: 7.30am – 5.00pm

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Friday, 2 May 2014

Jimmy Grants

We were pondering what to have for lunch when we walked past Jimmy Grants and noticed that it was very quiet so we thought we would give it a try. Jimmy Grants has a blue and white theme and is quite small with limited seating. We studied the menu and I decided to have ‘The Patris ($9.80) - prawns, honey, mayo, cucumber, mint, and coriander’ and my dining companion picked the ‘Nonna Maria ($8.50) - chicken, mustard aioli, chips, onion, and parsley’. Other souvas include the ‘Homer ($7.50) - falafels, Greek yoghurt, and Hellenic slaw’ and the ‘Mr Papadopoulas ($9.50) lamb, mustard aioli, chips, onion, and parsley’. There are also salads and snacks such as the ‘Grain Salad ($8.50) pulses, nuts, grains, herbs, Greek yoghurt’ and the ‘Steamed Jimmy Dimmy x 3 ($7.50)’.


Once we decided what we wanted, I went over to order but the guy seemed very bored indeed. He mumbled something and took my money so I assumed that the order had been placed. We took a seat on some mini stools at a mini table and waited for our order. The girl that brought over our souvas was much more pleasant. Only one plate was provided for both souvas which resulted in things getting a little bit messy... It was difficult to fit our food on our mini table as it been taken over by vessels containing cutlery and serviettes. Not one of the most enjoyable dining experiences that I have had...

Anyway, back to the food. The Patris was pretty good. The pita was lovely and fluffy and the fresh herbs gave vibrancy to the dish. The five prawns were cooked well. However, I found it a little too sweet for my palate.

The Patris

The Nonna Maria was pretty underwhelming and a bit stodgy compared with my souva. Neither of us were a big fan of this one.

Nonna Maria

We considered ending our meal with some ‘Greek doughnuts, walnuts, and honey ($6.00)’ but instead decided to head over to Gelato Messina which is just around the corner...

Address: 113 St. David St, Fitzroy, VIC

Trading Hours: Daily 11.00am – 10.00pm
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Thursday, 1 May 2014

Miss Sage Sugar's Fashion Edit - May 2014 - H&M Special

Swedish fashion retailer H&M recently opened their first Australian store in the GPO building in Bourke Street, Melbourne. Check out their dazzling new store next time you are in the city...
In the meantime, here is my top 10 favourite pieces from their collection.






H&M Australia
GPO Building, 350 Bourke Street, Melbourne.
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