11 Oct Captain Melville, Melbourne CBD
Set inside Melbourne’s oldest pub, Captain Melville opened early last year. The interior design was clean and modern. As well as having tables inside near the bar, there were long communal tables (undercover) outside near the open kitchen.
Today I just wanted to try the pork belly and soft shell crab sliders, which were $6.50 each:
Western plains pork belly, warm sesame bun, baby cos, crackle ($6.5)
Togarashi soft shell crab roll, wasabi mayo, shiso, pickled radish ($6.5)
Both the bread rolls were toasted on the inner surface until very crispy, but still retained the soft and fluffy innards. They were slightly sweet, like Asian bread.
Because of the pickled radish, the soft shell crab roll was almost like eating soft shell crab sushi, but in bread instead of rice. The wasabi taste wasn’t very strong in the mayo, but still tasted good with the crab.
The pork belly slider came with 3 slices of meat, which I thought was very generous, shredded cos lettuce and a piece of crackle. It was about 8cm in diameter. The crackling wasn’t really crackly but was still enough to add some more crunch. The pork belly was not very fatty and actually tasted similar to Cantonese siu yuk, but not as salty.
I preferred the flavours of the soft shell crab roll more, but the pork belly slider is also pretty satisfying for the price.
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Melbourne, VIC, 3000
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