Errol Street is my new favourite spot when twiddling my thumbs North of the CBD. Granted, being a Bayside dweller that happens only on the odd occasion, but with the latest addition of Mörk Chocolate Brew House to the wide open leafy street, this already awesome location has now turned into a well-worth-a-trip-through-even-peak-hour-traffic destination.
But the point of this article is not to spout about all the magnificent chocolate fantasies Mörk can serve up (and oh, they are magnificent), but rather to touch on why Errol Street was such a sweet spot in the first place.
Enter, Auction Rooms. Currently one of Melbourne’s most popular cafes, Auction Rooms totally deserves it’s ranking spot. Yes, you have to wait at the door (particularly on a weekend). Yes, every man and his dog wants to be there—so it’s nearly always busy, and YES, there is limited waiting room inside, so if it happens to be raining, suck it up. Why? Because you’re worth it—wait, no that’s not it. Because Auction Rooms is worth it.
The staff are smooth as silk, promptly taking orders and not slipping for a second. The menu is diverse with a range of contemporary combinations that will excite any foodie into a frenzy. The coffee is rich and fresh, and the space—well. The space is a bustling, rough and raw warehouse with a focus on wood. The outdoor (but enclosed) courtyard is charming and has my vote for the best place to chill out.
And chill out we did, while we pigged out anyway. My pick? If you’re a bit of a meat man (or maiden), don’t go past the Pressed Pork Shoulder with white bean puree, morcilla, shaved bone marrow, pickled beetroot stems, parsnip crisps and a slow poached egg. It’s artwork on a plate, in your mouth, and as far as I’m concerned, in your stomach too.
As full as I was, the experience, ambience and dining at Auction Rooms was so enjoyable, I took a sneaky Chocolate Brownie Doughnut home for later (as in, half an hour later…).
Errol Street, I’ll be seeing you soon.
Rated out of 10
103-107 Errol Street, North Melbourne
(03) 9326 7749
Monday – Friday, 7am – 5pm
Saturday – Sunday, 7:30am – 5pm