I just have to tell you about my incredible lunchtime experience at Trunk in Melbourne’s CBD.
As you can tell by the ‘tasting treasure’ in the title of this article, you can guess we had one fabulous meal.
Tim and I were invited to try Trunk’s Middle Eastern menu, where we tasted a range of dishes, and loved every one so much, we pretty much ate everything and ended up having a huge food coma.
But it was SO WORTH IT!
Here’s a recount of our experience.
You can’t help but love Trunk’s space. As you arrive, you walk into their cute courtyard/beer garden which is packed with hanging light bulbs (you can just picture how magical it would look at night!), striped umbrellas, lush trees and big tables to perch on.
To your right, you notice a retro looking building which is styled like an American diner. Here, you can go have a chilled more relaxed meal. In front of you, is a gorgeous brick warehouse and you’re curious to find out what’s inside.
As you walk up the path towards the warehouse, you open the doors to a VERY cool interior. The words rustic x chic x industrial x sophisticated, sprout into mind, and you know it’s a place you’ll want to stay and enjoy for hours.
Exposed pipes and beams decorate the ceiling, a lush marble bar sprawls nearly the length of the room, quirky illustrations are sketched onto the walls, vintage lights hang from the ceiling, Trunk is one ultra cool space.
As I mentioned on my Instagram, after our experience, Trunk is now officially one of my favourite restaurants in Melbourne. I can’t explain how much flavour, taste, freshness and heartiness every dish had.
As my boyfriend and I are both vegetarians, Trunk accommodated us perfectly and provided us with the most fabulous vegetarian meals we’ve had in a long time. We we’re spoiled with such an array of dishes, from pizza to labneh, gnocchi and spanakopita, all were literally as mouthwatering as the next.
Here’s what we had:
Hummus Plate: Starting off with a couple of bowls of heaven, the hummus plate was to die for. I know this is quite a statement, but the hummus was the best I’ve ever tried. Homemade and served with olive oil and pomegranate, you seriously can’t go wrong. The dish came with crispy sesame falafels, moorish crudités and house pickles, which paired so fabulously with the hummus. Pure yum!
Labneh, Aleppo Chilli: Ohh this was a tasty chilli treat. My boyfriend can’t deal with any level of hotness so this dish was a little too hot for him, but for a chilli lover like me, it was fabulous! Served with Turkish olives and pistachios, the labneh was a flavour mountain, and paired with the warm pita, it was a wonderful fresh way to kick start our meals.
Spanakopita: Made with honey glazed pastry, the spanakopita was melt in your mouth stuff. The pastry was so light, I’ve honestly never tasted pastry like it, and the spinach and ricotta filling was heavenly. This is definitely a dish I’ll be trying to attempt to make at home, it was so damn good!
Halloumi Pastry Balls: Yes, that’s right, halloumi wrapped in angle hair pastry, served with fig (I think it was fig!) jam and goats cheese. Talk about amazing! I don’t need to tell you how good it was, just look at the picture!
Sofia Pizza & Roasted Cauliflower: I know I have said every dish has been amazing so far, and that’s of course the truth, but MY GOSH, the Sofia pizza, was next level! The base was handmade and so soft and yummy, and the topping, well that was just ‘I want to eat this everyday’ fabulousness. The Sofia pizza has roast pumpkin, halloumi, caramalised onions (is your mouth watering yet?!), spinach, tahini and hazelnut dukka. The flavours came together so well and created a light yet hearty dish.
To go with the pizza, we nibbled on roasted cauliflower, which was delightfully made with tahini, almonds and za’atar.
Gnocchi & Rocket, Pear & Parmesan Salad: Mmmm, mmm, mmm, gnocchi always makes me feel warm inside. It’s my kind of comfort food, and I just adored Trunk’s version of it. Made with a simple combination of truffled mushroom ragu, mascarpone and chives, the gnocchi was anything but simple. The flavour was multidimensional, with the creaminess of the cheese and the sharpness of the truffle coming together to create an intense but beautiful tasting dish. Comfort food perfection!
The rocket, pear and parmesan salad was the best choice for a side next to the gnocchi. It was light and fresh, and helped to ensure the gnocchi wasn’t too heavy.
Arabian Pavlova: NOW FOR THE MASTERPIECE, the Arabian Pavlova! First of all we need to talk about how aesthetically pleasing this dessert is. It’s just so cute, total pink perfection, and you know it’s going to be a flavour sensation even before you taste it! Made with rose water meringue, pistachio semifreddo, halva, Turkish delight and berries, I can tell you that this dessert not only looked like a masterpiece, it tasted like one too!
I need to have it againnnn!!!
As Trunk also doubles as a bar, their wine list and drinks menu is impressive! As a major wine lover, I was super excited to have a taster at the wine Trunk offered. I paired our starters with the Château de l’Escarelle ‘Palm Cuvee Rosé, Côtes du Var, which was dry, medium bodied, refreshing, crisp, with a light taste of watermelon and strawberry. In my books, this French rosé was ‘proper’ rosé (I don’t have any time for sweet rosé!).
To match with the mains, we chose the Te Kairanga ‘TK’ Pinot Noir, which originates from New Zealand. This was the most delicious pinot noir I have tasted in a long time. I find pinot can be a hard one to chose as many can tend to taste rather watery, very light and too acidic. The Te Kairanga was not like that at all. Although packed full of flavour and character, it was delicate to taste with a mix of cherry and strawberry flavours. It was yum and suited the pizza and gnocchi perfectly.
Trunk also has one amazingly unique cocktail list. The Ferrero Rocher and Mint Slizle Espresso Martinis (hello yum!) caught my eye, but we were so full after lunch, we couldn’t fit one in! Just means we’ll have to go back!
What I Loved
The food – simply magnificent.
The staff – attentive, knowledgeable, chatty, friendly and fun.
The menu – unique, extensive but not too extensive, fresh, hearty, and not overly pricey.
The wine – utter perfection.
The space – super cool, stylish, and majorly Instagrammable.
As you can tell, we loved our lunchtime experience at Trunk, and I know you will too! We can’t wait to go back, and next time I’m going to leave a little bit of space for those special espresso martinis!
Trunk is located on 275 Exhibition Street, Melbourne CBD
Editor’s note: Thank you to Trunk for inviting us for lunch, we had an amazing experience!