Food – No.19

214 Union Road
Ascot Vale Vic 3032

Judging by the number of people brunching, plus those waiting for a table, I’d say the locals in Ascot Vale have welcomed No.19 to the neighbourhood with open arms. Brought to us by the team behind very successful Essendon eatery St Rose (read about it here) this beautiful cafe sits on Union Road, an area with much potential to grow into a real foodie hub equivalent to those seen in the inner eastern suburbs. Did I mention that it’s beautiful? The white space is quite minimal, but high end textures give it a rather luxurious feel. Fit out with marble counters, royal blue velvet bench seats and gold fittings, this space is completely different to everything else in the area adding to its appeal. Continue reading

Food – The Reverend Cafe

155-157 Union Road
Ascot Vale Vic 3032

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Given it’s close proximity to the city, Ascot Vale has the potential to be a real foodie haven, however to date it hasn’t quite hit the mark. There are a number of good cafes that line Union Road, however none of them are at the same level as others located in neighbouring Moonee Ponds and Essendon, that was until I came across The Reverend Café.

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Occupying an incredibly large and spacious double shop front on busy Union Road, it’s hard to walk past and not be drawn into this cafe. It may be the very ‘Melbourne’ fit out (old shop front, worn timber floor boards, retro furniture, hanging pendant lights ect ect)  or the alluring smell of coffee, but this place seems to be a real hit with the locals. Continue reading