320 Ascot Vale Road, Moonee Ponds, Melbourne,VIC
Tel: 03 9370 2649
Ascot Food Hall, is on the side of the main road. I frequently drove past and it always looked busy.
The coffee is good. I was impressed in particular by the soy chai I ordered. Obviously not made from powder, brewed by the barista, lovely and not too sweet. The perfect soy chai.
We then ordered the soft shell crab burger and the duck egg, toasted brioche, shitake mushroom, parsley butter and shaved pecorino. The soft shell crab burger was delicious. The soft shell crab was juicy and crisp, the bun was light and gribiche, poached tomato and watercress complement the soft shell crab well. Yum!
The duck egg on brioche was equally well cooked. Though it is a very rich dish, and probably not one you can eat all the time. The duck egg was lovely and runny, and went well with the soft brioche toast slathered with parsley butter and pecorino. The mushroom cuts through the richness. It is a very enjoyable dish.
There is both an outside and inside to the cafe. The inside can get quite noisy as the sound really bounces around. The outside is nice, but the tables are slightly slanted! The staff are friendly and provide great service.
Value for money: 7.5/10
Overall Score: 30/40