Ascot Food Store
320 Ascot Vale Rd
Moonee Ponds, VIC 3039
03 9370 2649
Catchups with Damo and Eric often occurs near our homes around Melbourne’s Inner West. The scene’s more relaxed there and I’d often get introduced to a little gem of a place thanks to their suggestions.
Orange, Pineapple, Carrot Ginger 6.5 | ‘Cheese cake’ Strawberry, Mascarpone 6.5
It was pretty busy that Sunday morning, but we were lucky enough to find seats almost immediately. However, service started off a little bit slow with quite a bit of downtime before our orders were taken. Not that we were in an awful hurry, since Sunday brunch catchups are more about leisurely conversation and kinship over good food!
Soft Shell Crab Burger, Sauce Gribiche, Poached Tomatoes, Watercress 16.0
The biggish menu at Ascot Food Store is actually quite forward-thinking in the culinary sense, with quite a few interesting dishes. Eric went with the soft shell crab burger served between brioche buns, and boy did it look good.
“AFC” Ascot Fried Chicken, Spicy Chicken Wings, Potato & Gravy, Slaw & Brioche Bun 15.0
Damo tried out the establishment’s rendition of ‘KFC’ with mashed potatoes. The chicken was crispy succulent with a nice dusting of spice. I liked how it was fried Malaysian/Indonesian-style where there’s minimal batter action but maximum flavour.
Duck Egg, Toasted Brioche, Shitake Mushrooms, Parsley Butter & Shaved Pecorino 18.0
My dish of choice was fried duck egg and fresh shiitake mushrooms stacked on a thick slice of brioche toast.
Aside for being slightly over-salted, I found it to be a light yet indulgent feed. It reminded me a bit of the truffled duck egg served at Hammer & Tong, which made me wish I had a sprinkle of truffle oil here.
Lemon curd doughnut
We ended our brunch nicely with Ascot Food Store’s signature doughnuts, each supplied with a syringe to pump in the delicious curd into. Very nice.
A good brunch session doesn’t have to involve following brunch giants or published food guides. Ascot Food Store has quite a few good things going for it and I enjoyed my brunch here.