Mr Tulk

April 10, 2011 at 10:26 pm (Breakfast/Brunch, Melbourne CBD, Victoria)

Hm… there’s been a bit of an update-drought as a result of work lately but the photos are starting to pile up, so will definitely be upping the ante this week 😛

Bookworm that I am, I could not pass up the opportunity to breakfast next to the State Library of Victoria at Mr Tulk (the only thing better than starting the weekend with good coffee is pairing that with good literature ^^).  The café’s name is a tribute to Augustus Henry Tulk, an English librarian who became the library’s first librarian*.  As such, it is appropriately furnished with a large communal table that just cries out for students spread their textbooks on, as well as a feature wall covered with piles of books, encouraging you to open up your own and get settled in for some serious reading- a very effective ploy to get visitors to order more coffee IMO.  (I was reading Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer- highly recommended)

By some strange twist of fate, the library was running a picture book exhibition and I found myself eating what looked suspiciously like posh green eggs and ham.  I must say that Dr Seuss was definitely onto something because this was delicious; baked eggs with prosciutto and spinach puree, served piping hot in a very rustic-looking ceramic dish with toasted sourdough.  My only complaint was that they didn’t give me another piece of toast to mop up the spinach puree.  The rest of the breakfast menu was also quite tempting, including the requisite, jazzed-up porridge and muesli options, a selection of gourmet baguettes and the delicious- (although unhealthy-) sounding corned beef hash.

(On another note, there was some incredible Australian artwork on display at the exhibition, including fantastic paintings from the likes of Graeme Base and Shaun Tan.  I was particularly excited to see one of the original oil paintings for “The Rabbits”. )

The menu at Mr Tulk is supplemented by daily specials to keep things interesting.  I had a prawn tortilla on another lunch-time visit.  Quite tasty, despite being a tad over-cooked.  Bread was delicious as always ^^

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