103-107 Errol Street
+61 3 9326 7749
Auction Rooms is one of Melbourne’s top brunch spots. Sporting a legend of a reputation, queues on the weekend can extend to a good two hour long wait. The Angmoh and I were fortunate to get a table for 2 on a Saturday morning after a mere 15 minutes.
Auction Rooms is a veteran amongst refurbished warehouse cafes, being one of the earlier incarnations of the now commonplace design approach. The café has faded brick, a coffee brew bar, a sheltered courtyard dining space and a stunning dining space.
The Angmoh had a skinny magic, made from houseblend Small Batch beans. I find the Small Batch blend tricky to work with, with other cafes producing an astringent, harsh coffee. But at Auction Rooms…it is utterly delicious. My eggpresso was not too shabby either, mixing eggnog, a shot of espresso and a hit of brandy all into a scrumptious cuddly warm drink. Topped with nougat and cinnamon sugar, it was the perfect mulled beverage for a cold winter day. It had a quintessentially Christmasy feel to it, making it a highly appropriate addition for any Christmas-in-July festivities!
The menu has changed slightly, with previous items such as “The Open Bid” missing. Sides, also known as side bids, are kept minimal but fancied up. There’s no bacon or smashed avo, but instead, there is coffee glazed bacon steak and avocado with a smear of lemon tahini, which is what The Angmoh chose to accompany his poached eggs on toast. His eggs were poached perfectly and he loved how the bacon steak was tender with a sweet caramelised crisp.
As for myself, I was lured by the words “fried poached egg”. How is that even possible? And paired with beetroot, I was sold. The beets came raw and pickled, providing a sweet and tart contrast respectively. The egg had the thickness of a poached egg but with the fried surfaces flat and crisp. The pesto of beet leaves and macadamia nuts was a brilliant and inspiring blend, somthing I look forward to replicating in my kitchen.
I’ve always left Auction Rooms with a smile on my face and this visit was no different. Chirpy and perhaps slightly buzzed from the spiked eggnog, I had typed in silly notes such as “beet still my beeting heart”. Auction Rooms is a definite crowd pleaser, offering top-notch coffee and marvellous food.
On a side note, I couldn’t leave North Melbourne without paying a visit to another of my favourite places, Beatrix. I fluttered and skipped my way to the little café and took off with 2 treats: Meyer lemon chiffon cake and sour cream doughnut. I may have devoured both treats in that very weekend and yes, they were no doubt heavenly.