55 Collins st Melbourne
T: (03) 9663 8445
Crisp skin free-range pork belly roll with apple&fennel coleslaw and silverbeet $13.50. I was in bliss for the first few bites of this as there was generous amounts of crispy pork crackling. But after that, I felt that the roll was just overly salty. The coleslaw only added to the flame and didn't do any justice to the roll. I was pretty disappointed and not satisfied at all, especially as it was at a premium price for a sandwich.
Despite my subaverage experience, I decided to go again a week later (I convinced myself that the pork belly roll must've been off because it was their first day opening there).
Roast pumpkin with gorgonzola, candied walnuts, braised leek and parsley $11. I was more impressed this time!! I loved the combination of the sweet mashed pumpkin and cheese, but the addition of crunchy toffee walnuts was definitely the highlight and really really worked well. Although, I thought the braised leek and parsley was too overpowering and didn't match together nicely with the other ingredients, but who says you can't pick it out.....?!
The two experiences left me with mixed feelings. It's definitely a more upmarket roll place compared to the other sandwich bars nearby. If you're looking for something a bit more unique or sick of having a vietnamese pork roll or chicken schnitzel roll for lunch, maybe give EARL canteen a try.