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Published April 12th 2015
After hearing about this place continuously and driving past every now and again, we finally made a trip to Ascot Food Store on a long weekend.

Ascot Food Store
A subtle sign

It took a while for us to notice it as the sign outside is simple and unassuming. The suburb is not entirely quiet with a tram track outside but as it's not really on a strip of shops, the place slots nicely into the suburban area.

Ascot Food Store
An open counter

We luckily snagged some seats along a counter bench before a line started to form outside. An open counter ensured you could see what the staff were doing, removing any barriers between staff and customers.

There were more rooms at the back but I decided not to go disturb them with my photographing!

Ascot Food Store
Mork hot chocolate

It seems a standard for Melbourne cafes now but they stock the ever so popular Mork chocolate whilst using Proud Mary coffee.

I thoroughly enjoyed my coffee but now I have experienced so many cafes I always look out for some nice latte art. Perhaps it was too busy a day for that.

What really caught my eye was the unique menu. Cafes in Melbourne are becoming more experimental, thus I love strange sounding dishes as they often provide you with pleasant surprises.

Initially my friend was going to choose the 62 degree eggs with chives, shaved grana cheese, pickled truffle and brioche soldiers ($16.50).

Ascot Food Store
62 degree eggs with picked truffle and brioche soldiers

The waitress kindly gave us a more in depth description upon ordering - the fact that the egg is gooey and meant to be for dipping our brioche soldiers kind of scared my friend - she doesn't like such complicated things.

So we switched and I ordered it! It was different but delicious, and the presentation was beautiful. It reminded me of a dish inspired by a hunter and forest theme a long time ago in North Melbourne, with the magical look of the sprinkled cheese.

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Another angle of the 62 degree eggs

The strong truffle flavour was good in small doses. It's up to you how you eat it, you can dip the brioche in the egg but I found it neater to scoop some of the egg out and spread it on my brioche. Overall it was delicious, but there were so many filling flavours from the egg, cheese and brioche that I was happy to have more greens from my friend's dish.

Ascot Food Store
Pork belly with green mango salsa

She had the safer sounding pork belly with green mango salsa, peanut praline and fried egg ($18.50). There was not much to fault, the sides nice and fresh and the pork belly crispy and juicy. Unfortunately nothing will ever beat Red Spice Road's caramelised pork belly in Melbourne for us.

Ascot Food Store
Tempting goodies

If I ever come back I think I won't be able to resist these delectable looking donuts - syringes in desserts are all the rage now. The service was attentive despite how busy the cafe can get, something I was grateful for.

They were so busy I even noticed the barista making a dozen little hot chocolates (below).

Ascot Food Store
A cute little hot chocolate

In addition to the creative food, open space and lovely service I also enjoyed their cheeky little labels on their coffee cups. They referenced a rapper's nickname "Biggie Smalls" and used it to label their coffee sizes. They also use their cups to promote events - smart.

Ascot Food Store
Creative coffee cup display

I can see why this cafe is so popular despite its suburban location. The Essendon and Moonee Ponds areas are becoming more known for its cafes and this place is a prime example of why.

Photos taken by myself and my colleague the.adventouriist.
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Why? To experience an inventive cafe in the northern suburbs
When: Mon - Sun: 7am–4pm
Phone: (03) 9370 2649
Where: 320 Ascot Vale Rd, Moonee Ponds
Cost: $10-$20
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