You may not live anywhere near Moonee Ponds but chances are you’ll have heard of Ascot Food Store. This cafe is winning serious accolades for its innovative menu featuring lots of local and biodynamic produce.
The Ascot Food Store is light and airy thanks to big windows out onto the street. In a nod to the building’s 1960’s heritage there are retro lights and pops of bright orange seating.
The food on offer is definitely a notch above standard cafe fare. Instead of standard eggs on toast you can order a duck egg served on top of sweet toasted brioche and a tangle of shitake mushrooms ($19). It’s almost impossible not to Instagram a dish which is this pretty.
Even Ascot Food Store’s Eggs Benedict mixes things up a bit by using pork belly rather than bacon to give an all round meatier experience ($19).
The coffee is a St Ali blend and the attention to detail by Ascot Food Store is clear in the use of local St Davids Dairy milk giving my latte an especially creamy taste.
You really can’t leave Ascot Food Store without trying one of the doughnuts. These fabulous over-the-top confections complete with a syringe of jam skewered on top. It’s a little bit disconcerting plunging a syringe into a doughnut but it’s actually quite a practical way of delivering the runny sticky jam right where you want it inside the doughnut.
Lucky locals who can eat here all the time. If you don’t live nearby, this is a cafe worth trekking across town for, just be prepared to queue on weekends.
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Details: Ascot Food Store, 320 Ascot Vale Road, Moonee Ponds
Kids: Kids are welcome with high chairs provided. There’s no kids menu but Ascot Food Store offers half serves of some dishes and babychinos.