Mos def the greatest meatball sandwich at Earl Canteen

Yet another amaze-balls place to dine in the fabulous and always surprising, culturally rich city that is Melbourne, Australia.

New on the scene (they opened just over a month ago), Earl Canteen have impressed many with their concept of ‘restaurant quality’ sandwiches. Interesting premise, you might say (its just sandwiches, really), but these are not your ordinary ham & cheese, BLT’s or for the more adventurous – the BLAT.

Don’t be fooled – these guys want to bring you the best. Ciabatta filled with confit duck, caramelised wild figs, walnuts, onion jam, radicchio and watercress, or baguettes bursting with crispy skin Otway pork belly, apple, cabbage and fennel coleslaw and wilted silverbeet (one of their most popular offerings), or try the ratatouille & burrata – a baguette with chunky ratatouille vegetables, herbs and local fiore di burrata. For those of you who aren’t Matt Preston, and have no idea what burrata is, much like myself – it’s cheese, similar to mozzarella. Sounds good though, don’t it?.

These were the two choices that the Mr. and I went with. He chose the truffled mushrooms ($11) – autumnal mushrooms, wilted spinach, truffle paste and soft cooked egg enveloped in a gluten-free wrap, while I opted for the wagyu meatball ($12.5 – I’d been waiting weeks to try it); Moondarra wagyu meatballs in sugo and zucchini pickles topped off with finely shaven parmesan cheese all neatly tucked into a crispy baguette.

Of course, being the gluttons that we are, we wanted more (please, sir?) and so we chose to finish the meal (it just looked so damn good) with their free range egg tart served with a dollop of tomato jam ($6).

I must admit, the prices are a tad hefty for, well just sandwiches, but as mentioned earlier – they’re not your average, run of the mill fare. Earl Canteen sources ingredients locally, seasonally, ethically and sustainably, opts for biodegradable and compostable packaging and everything from the main menu is made to order. Plus its wagyu beef people! Wagyu!!

Okay, I know it might be photo overload at this point, but I just have to share these. I liked the nice rosemary (or what I think was rosemary) on the tables, the macaroons and muffins on offer (we did get there at 3pm, so most of the options were gone by that point – damn worker bees) and the ready-made baguettes and egg tart on display.

You can find Earl Canteen here, or here:

Ground Level, 500 Bourke, Little Bourke St Courtyard, Melbourne 3000. Open for breakfast and lunch from 7.30 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday.

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3 Comments on “Mos def the greatest meatball sandwich at Earl Canteen”

  1. June 10, 2010 at 21:53 #

    Thank you. So glad you enjoyed your late lunch.

    As you have identified we serve absolute premium quality ingredients and do our best to keep it as reasonable as possible, we’re glad you ‘get’ us! 🙂


    • June 11, 2010 at 16:45 #

      No worries Jackie. Thanks so much for the comment. Looking forward to trying everything else on the menu!


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