EARL Canteen – 500 Bourke St, Melbourne

If you’re going to part with sixteen of your hard earned dollars for a sandwich… and we’re talking some protein, a few salad leaves and a some scant condiments between two bits of bread, it should live up to its price tag

Unfortunately, the confit duck ciabatta missed the mark. Not enough for me to leaving a flaming brown paper bag of today’s sandwich tomorrow on their doorstep, but it was a little disappointing.

‘Confit Duck’ read as delicious: confit duck (obviously), caramelised figs, walnuts, onion jam, radicchio and watercress on ciabatta. Unfortunately, my conjured vision versus what I received was a little like the hamburger ads on TV where the product on the screen differs greatly from what is handed to you from the drive-thru window.

Visually, it wasn’t at all pretty. As for taste, the duck was a little too salty, which would have been OK if the other ingredients had worked as the intended foil to the duck; the sweetness of the figs and onion jam was too liitle and the bitterness and pepperiness of the salad leaves just wasn’t there. I think the walnuts had an RDO.

So, the jury’s out. Nowhere near enough for me to rave on and drag a dozen of my work colleagues down there tomorrow for another (it’s busy enough already), but probably enough for me to eventually go back and try what seems to be the flagship sandwich, pork belly.

EARL Canteen
500 Bourke St, Melbourne 3000
(03) 9600 1995

Good for: sandwiches… that may or may not live up to the hype, tasty macarons 
Not good for: people that are disappointed in spending $16 on a sandwich… “ya could have uh… got two fucken footlong subways for that, y’c*nt

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