1/253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne (map)
Just a quick post about a great little lunch I had at Journal with best-friend-K a few weekends ago. Journal is a smallish cafe located next door to the CAE and City Library on Flinders Lane, down near uber-laneways Degraves and Centre Way. In keeping with the name of the place, the shelves suspended over the low communal tables are filled with encyclopaedias and back issues of National Geographic. The menu of soups, bruschette and salads is sparing but very good.
I wanted something quick and simple, so I got the prosciutto bruschetta - one of four or five bruschette that they had on offer that day. Prosciutto, ripe tasty tomato, Persian fetta, basil and olives made up this nifty combination - he looks a bit like a legless crab, doesn't he?
The tuna and bean salad that b-f-K got was even nicer. Tuna, cannellini beans, spring onion, avocado, celery, Spanish onion, a light vinaigrette and lashings of pepper and chopped parsley, accompanied by a few slices of toasted sourdough, made for a healthy and rather hearty lunch.
I haven't yet been to Journal Canteen, the rustic Italian lunch spot upstairs, but EG from tummy rumbles wrote very favourably about it, so will try it next time I'm in that neck of the woods at lunchtime...