In Moonee Ponds, you’ll find a wonderful converted house, home now to the Ascot Food Store. It’s a kind of 50’s retro, cornices and high ceilings, contrasted with a shiny, black tiled counter top, stark black on white.
We went through to the very orange back room, the striking and distinctive style somehow both in your face and understated in its accents of orange. The retro chairs must have been hard to source, but they’re what really pulls the room together, and surprisingly comfortable.
The staff were incredibly friendly and professional, it’s obviously very important to them that the service was top notch and it really showed. The menu too demonstrated an appreciation for the very best products, like Organic Bread by Dench and Hand Churned Butter by St David Dairy.
Our first choice from the menu was the Mushroom Brioche. A duck egg sat atop a toasted brioche, with shiitake mushroom, parsley butter and shaved pecorino heaped on top. We were expecting the mushroom to shine but it was actually quite bland, it was the bite of the pecorino and the richness of the beautiful brioche. The background of mushroom was good but we were hoping for more of a punch. With such rich (and delicious) flavours as pecorino, duck egg and brioche, the mushroom really needed more intensity to stand out.
Continuing on the brioche theme, we also went for a Sweet Brioche, served with spiced summer berries, Pedro Ximenez syrup, macadamia nuts and a St David Dairy creme fraiche. It was a lovely combination of sweet and a little savoury. We loved the tang of the creme fraiche with the spice of the berry, crunch of the macadamia and the rich, but still light brioche. It was an excellent dish, unwise and refined in its flavours and perfection in its execution.
Ascot Food Store are an absolute delight to visit. We hear rumours of injectable doughnuts available, so will have to make sure to pick one up when we return for more!