this was going to be tempting palates‘ last meal in melbourne and we sure as heck weren’t going to eat in some run-of-the-mill cafe. no offence to those cafes but we needed to finish our foodie adventure on a high. um … calling all bookworms. did you know that the state library of victoria has its own cafe?
a cafe called mr tulk. named after its first librarian, augustus tulk (1786-1849). it is located on 328 swanston street in the 19th century wing of the library.
yeah, that’s a copper bar.
we were seated at the communal/shared table. what a brilliant idea for seating.
if it was any other day, with all the time in the world, i would have sat at this table and watched the world go by.
how cool are those reading lamps?
so, the important question is, what did we eat? there were a lot of the things on the menu that we could have had. steamed egg with vegemite soldiers, banana bread with honey yoghurt and berry poached rhubarb, corned beef hash with poached eggs and dijon mustard and so on. we chose –
spinach puree and pancetta baked eggs with toasted sourdough:
scrambled parmesan eggs with sweet tomatoes and toast:
croissant and jam:
avocado on sourdough with with fresh lime and black pepper:
we weren’t disappointed. the spinach puree was a hit. my meal (the tangy zesty scrumptious one) was just that – scrumptious.
what’s so good about this place? apart from the the arched windows, the high ceilings, the interesting wall decor and the alcove full of old books, it has an atmosphere that is warm and relaxing. granted, we were there before the lunch rush hour.
quite simply, it has an old world charm with a touch of cosy.
mr tulk is open monday to saturday for brunch and lunch, and for after-work drinks on friday.
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“my recurring fantasy about libraries is that at night, after everyone goes home, the books come to life and mingle in a fabulous cocktail party. finally, the poor biographies, languishing in exile during the day, get to join their compatriots.” ~ neal wyatt