It's been an intensive at the university for me. I thought that I'd might as well give myself a break from my work and go for a simple brunch with bestie.
Well, The Reading Room Cafe is located in Victoria University in Footscray. It was my first time there. Bestie tried their menu before and decided to give a second chance. Anything went for me, since I've not had a decent brunch for a long time.
The cafe has a quaint and minimalistic concept to it. I'm pretty sure the cafe gets busy during the semester. We were there on Sunday - which gets a fair amount of the crowd, but it was just about right for me (especially when I had a hectic week and I needed some quiet moments to myself).
According to bestie, the chef is from Malaysia. The menu was decently-priced for its quality.
So, I picked Crackle-San since I have the bestie's assertions that it was good.
Crackle-San, $17.00 Perhaps it's the Asian instincts inside me, which is calling out to a fatty pork belly. Its texture was soft and moist for my liking, but I'd prefer a longer roast in order to achieve a crispy pork skin. The side dishes - velvet sweet potato, pickled cucumber, chilli marmalade, wasabi mayonnaise make a good combination for my taste palettes. Above all, this dish was decently tasty.