I rarely visit the State Library, but now I have reason to after eating at Mr Tulk. Basically, Augustus Tulk was the first head librarian of the state library and the cafe was named in honour of him. Located in the library, the décor vibrates the bookish feel of a library and customers can sit around on well spaced tables, reading their favourite book and sipping tea.

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Basically, I went there on Saturday to have lunch with my family and this is mainly a picture post on the food and drinks we had.

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Baked eggs with a hit of chilli and chorizo, dipping bits of bread into gooey egg yolk and spicy capsicum sauce. There was spinach on the bottom of the bowl as well, and seeing some green in the sea of read balanced the colours of the dish.

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Salad with fresh figs, roasted pinenuts, grilled chicken. The sweetness of the figs balanced out the peppery rocket in the salad.

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We also ordered various drinks after out meals like a latte, hot chocolate and Affogato, a strong expresso with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. It was fabulous, with the sweetness of the ice-cream balancing the bitterness of the coffee and the cream melting making the coffee smooth and velvety.

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We also ordered Chai, and the whole tea set came with a small teapot, a glass tea cup and a small bottle of milk. Couldn’t resist pouring some into my tea which formed a billowy cloud in the caramel coloured tea. The taste was strong, with the overwhelming taste of cardamom but adding milk mellowed the taste and diluted my tea. Good for the senses anyway, as it warmed me after the rainy morning.

I learned a few good things from that lunch and would love to work with figs and make my own Affogato one day. So glad its autumn in Melbourne now, pears are out and so are figs =D.

Mr Tulk
State Library of Victoria
328 Swanston St
Melbourne 3000

A good place to read, eat and drink a cuppa tea. Would visit it again soon to try out their other teas.

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