103-107 Errol Street, North Melbourne (map)
My usual Auction Rooms disclaimer - that proprietor Andrew Kelly is a friend of mine - applies.
Lovers of pork, hear ye: I hereby implore you to get to Auction Rooms posthaste and order the Knuckle Sandwich, because it is SUBLIME. Permit me to take you on a guided tour:
Ham hock braised for hours and hours until it is falling apart, rocket, piccalilli (made in-house English-style with cauliflower florets, courgettes, beans, cornichons, seeded mustard and turmeric) and Montgomery's aged cheddar toasted into a Dench ciabatta roll. It comes served with a pickled chilli, costs $14.50 (or $12 take-away) and is very juicy and filling.
I like this sandwich as much as I like the pork belly sandwich at EARL - and that's saying something. It should DEFINITELY become an Auction Rooms signature dish, and I will kick up a huge stink with Andy if he takes it off the menu. Head down there and order a knuckle sandwich, and tell 'em Claire sent you.
While I was there I also had a great pourover coffee, an Ethiopean Nekisse.
*sigh* Auction Rooms is such a pretty cafe. For previous Melbourne Gastronome write-ups of its brunches and lunches, click here and here.