Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Trunk Diner

2013 is here already? Last year seems to have flashed by in a blur full of work, training, performances, mud races and of course lots of blogging including a site migration halfway through the year. I'm not one for resolutions, so I won't bore you by making up any of those, but 2013 food-wise hasn't been great so far. 

So, to celebrate the new year, I'll regale you with what I ate on NYE instead. After an astounding showing of The Hobbit at IMAX, we emerged happy yet somewhat hungry towards the tail end of lunch time. Not knowing what we felt like eating didn't help particularly, but out wanderings led us past Trunk Diner which was doing a roaring trade in the summer sun. 

Trunk Diner
The spin-off cafe-style establishment is next door to Trunk and has a much more relaxed feel with breakfast options, burgers, hot dogs, salads and of course beers amongst the offerings. Seeing as we decided to join in on the fun so late, there was only a limited menu available. Surely we'd find something to our tastes regardless though. 

We were right - mostly. M ordered a Chilli Cheese Dog.

Chilli Cheese Dog
The bread was really nice and soft, and there were plenty of tasty fillings (ground Wagyu chilli con carne & cheddar cheese) but $12 for a hot dog is a bit much in my book. Another in our party ordered a chorizo quesadilla (the only one available) which included chorizo, potato, thyme, oven baked tomato & cheese. Apologies for the missing photo, but once again there were no complaints about the taste or the filling, only how small the serving was for the $10 price tag. 

I had a little more luck with my Un-Cut salad of roast pumpkin, spinach, peas, green beans, corn, spring onion, pearled barley, Persian fetta & toasted almonds with a lemon zest dressing. I added some poached chicken for an extra boost of filling protein, and the damage was only $14. 

The Un-Cut Salad with Poached Chicken
I found the salad too bland, but the fresh produce and large serving meant that it was at least relatively satisfying. 

We were all much happier with our side-order of large fries though.

It makes little sense to go to an American Diner and not order fries after all. Thinly cut and heavily salted, this is healthy resolution breaking food, but beat a serve of McDonalds' fries any day.

If I were a beer drinker willing to spend a lazy afternoon snacking and relaxing in the sun with a great bunch of people, Trunk Diner would be perfect. As someone looking for a value-for-money bite to eat, Trunk Diner isn't quite what I'm after. Still, the atmosphere is great (in good weather especially) and the service is reasonable. The burger options sound tempting though so I may return for another trial - after all, I still have 363 days left in the year. 

Trunk Diner
275 Exhibition St, Melbourne
Mon-Fri 730am-4pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm

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