The Resident & Oak Room

Most lazy weekends, I hate that I have to travel at least 30 minutes to find decent coffee. Times like these, I find myself mighty envious of those that live in a cafe saturated suburb however recently, I have discovered a couple of cafes that meet my brunch cravings quite close to home. The Resident and Oak Room hide inconspicuously along High Street in Ashburton and were awarded the "Local Hero" title by The Age Good Café Guide 2013 and voted by Bean Hunters as one of the most popular cafes in 2012, respectively. The fact that they are both relatively close by had me running to check them out.

My visit to The Resident prior to a shopping trip to Chadstone, being less than 10 minutes drive away, was extremely convenient. Upon entering, The Resident is a sight for sore eyes, a clean white interior with pops of floral, prints and patterns and warm lighting to make you feel at home.

Coffees were our first priority; using five senses beans, our magics came out velvety and rich. A warming start to our day.

Magics ($3.80)

Mr A immensely enjoyed his dish - the salmon and crisp potato rosti were delicious together, however it was the sharp and tangy dill mayo that made the dish amazing. The poached eggs were runny and added to the burst of flavours in a mouthful.

Cured New Zealand King salmon, samphire, potato rosti, poached eggs and dill mayo ($18)

Initially, I was contemplating the truffled mushroom dish but it's a common dish in every cafe, so I went for something a little different in the lunch menu. The duck confit played well against the dried figs and musky goats cheese, the mix of dill, mint and rocket made the dish as a whole incredibly fresh and tasty.

Duck confit, poached figs, soft herbs and goats cheese salad ($16)

Initially there was a problem with our food order being forgotten which was quickly remedied. We were constantly kept up to date with the progress and our waiter informed us that our coffees would be taken off the bill - we really appreciated the gesture and have found that this type of service is quite rare in Australia from our experiences so far.

The Resident is a charming spot which offers something in between a hip inner-city cafe and a family friendly suburban cafe. It gives me hope that we have a few good options out in the 'burbs!

Food: 8.5/10
Service: 7.5/10
Value: 8/10
Will I return? Yes, our visit was so delightful.

The Resident
246 High Street
Ashburton VIC 3147
(03) 9885 8777

Sat to Thurs 7am - 5pm
Fri 7am - 4pm & 6pm - late

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Another lazy weekend we ventured to Oak Room, which is also located in Ashburton, for coffee and brunch. Quickly perusing through the menu, I went for the corn fritters which came out vibrant and incredibly fresh looking. Upon initial prod from my fork, the corn fritters seemed somewhat limp but it more than made up for it with a pair of immensely light fritters with bundles of sweet corn kernels and just the right amount of batter to hold it all together. The combination with the fresh avocado and tomato salsa finished it off nicely. It could be in the running for one of the best corn fritters I've had the pleasure of eating lately and certainly one of the prettiest.

Corn, coriander & mint fritters with avocado & tomato salsa ($14.80) 

Mr A's baked eggs were a touch overcooked unfortunately however the sweet and tangy tomato based sauce was perfect for the toasted pide to scoop up with the mellow yoghurt.

 Moroccan baked eggs with cumin fried almonds, yoghurt & pide ($15.80)

Our coffees were creamy and full-bodied made with speciality Cartel coffee beans. The sugar was stored in a tiny cute milk bottles with a skewer to loosen it up.

 Flat white ($3.50) 

I enjoyed my visit to Oak Room and the relaxed suburban vibe provides for a nice change whilst enjoying both the coffee and food. If you're ever in the hood, make sure you check it as it is leagues ahead of any of those mediocre cafes in nearby Glen Waverley, trust me.

Food: 7.5/10
Service: 8/10
Value: 8.5/10
Will I return? Yes, conveniently close with great food and coffee.

Oak Room
Shop 4, 305 High Street
Ashburton VIC 3147
(03) 9885 3338

Everyday 6:30am - 5:30pm

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  1. I have the same problem of finding decent coffee locally. Great to see some lovely places to try out :)

    1. Thanks! Your blog is one of the few that focus on places in the suburbs at least! :)

  2. I share your pain. Living out in the eastern suburbs makes Camberwell my closest semi-decent coffee. However my grandma used to live in Ashburton so it holds a special place in my heart. I'm very keen to try both these places! Lovely write-up with great pics. Those fritters look delish.


    1. Not many people have heard of Ashburton but there are surprisingly a few good cafes there!! Thanks hun :)

  3. Same here finding good decent coffee in the burbs is definitely a CHALLENGE! These two places aren't that far from me so they're going straight onto my list :)

    1. Yay glad you enjoyed your visit to The Resident!! Next time Oak Room ;)

  4. Love the business card, and the cute coloured cups in this post. Never really venture to Ashburton for brunch, I always seem to go further into the city. Good to know I don't have to go too far!

    1. It's always nice to have somewhere closer on those lazy days hehe

  5. Oh my, in the running for best corn fritters? These must now be tried...!

    1. Close to your bf's area too, if I remember correctly! :)


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