Mr Ed, 285 Racecourse Road, Flemington. Phone: 9376 6444
Consider The Sauce loves Racecourse Road, but coffee and cafes aren’t what come to mind when we head that way.
There is coffee to be had there, including a couple of longstanding businesses that may get the CTS treatment at some stage.
Mr Ed, though is a new place that inhabits what was formerly the premises of an undertaker.
It’s been open since February, and based on the jam-packed crowd on a recent Sunday when is stuck my nose inside for a look-see, it’s doing quite well, thank you very much.
At first blush, it appears Mr Ed could be yet another westie hipster haven.
Cool black-and-white artwork?
Cutting-edge design stools?
But the proof is in the pudding – or, in this case, the pies.
Take a look at these beauties, which sell for $9.50. (They’re a lot bigger than they appear in the photograph.)
After my lunch, I take one of the veal, bacon and portolbello mushroom specimens home for dinner.
Like everything else in the place, as far as I can tell, they’re made in-house.
For a week-day lunch, I find the staff friendly and obliging.
In addition to breakfasts, Mr Ed does a nice line in creative sandwiches that all cost around the $10 mark.
There’s blackboard lists of specials such as a risotto, pulled chicken sliders and beer-battered flathead with purple congo wedges.
The adjacent list of “usual suspects” includes a “beef and basil burger”, and beyond that are offered about a handful of salads.
I choose one of the more expensive dishes – smoked trout and warm egg salad with celeriac remoulade with salmon pearls on rye toast ($16.50).
This is way more “plated” and pretty than is normal for CTS, but it’s truly a lovely thing.
It’s mildly flavoured and falls into the light lunch category.
But all the components work together beautifully, celeriac strands almost like noodles and the trout given some added richness thanks to the egg and some just-right poppy texture thanks to the pearls.