The warmer weather saw Debbie skipping her usual hot chocolate order for the mixed cold pressed juice. I had a taste and loved it – there was a lovely balance of acidity and sweetness from the combination of fruit and veggies with a lingering spice from the ginger.
The benedict poached eggs had an abundance of shaved pork making for a very satisfying and substantial breakfast.
With corn fritters being dispensed from almost every cafe kitchen in Melbourne, it has become a run of the mill dish. The corn fritters remained light and fluffy inside with a touch of spice in the batter; a single poached egg, avocado puree and salsa to tie all the elements together.
I tend to find that the best dishes are the simplest ones, and mine was enhanced with gourmet components. It epitomised some of my favourite things – the heady aroma of pickled truffle, shaved Grana cheese and the buttered brioche soldiers were intoxicating. To relish this dish in full, the brioche soldiers were rearranged on the additional plate provided, while the translucent slow cooked eggs were poured over the buttered crisp brioche, resulting in a delicious mess.
While visually, the doughnuts scream for you to order them, and the flavour combinations work well enough together, they aren’t nearly enough to compensate for the doughiness and yeasty, sour flavour. Unfortunately, these were a let down but there were plenty of other baked sweet offerings available.
Ascot Food Store offer a good variety of breakfast and lunch dishes and the coffees were excellent. The service is attentive despite the full house; although, the smaller portions come at a steeper price.