Nestled in a quiet, quaint neighbourhood in Northcote is the Red Door Corner Store. Back in February, I thought I would make a trip north to check it out. We sat in the window and found it a very pleasant place to watch the world go by. The menu focuses on local, traceable and sustainable produce. Also, many items on the menu can be modified to be gluten or dairy free, which is great if you have allergies. Vegans and vegetarians are also catered for. The Red Door Corner Store bakes all their cakes and pastries themselves which is why they look so good.
WHAT’S ON THE MENU?
· Breakfast Roll, fried egg, bacon, avocado, rocket, aioli, tomato kasundi ($13.00)
· Seared Sashimi-grade Tuna, avocado & wasabi mash, buckwheat soba noodles, crispy poached egg, mirin dressing ($19.50) *gluten-free
· Mooloolaba Spanner Crab Omelette, confit shallots, cherry tomato, house-made chilli crab sauce, spring onion, coriander (17.50)
· Grilled Semolina, baby king oyster mushrooms, asparagus, cherry tomato, Meredith Goat Cheese, truffle oil, shaved pecorino, poached egg ($15.50)
WHAT WE ATE...
I was drawn to the ‘Brioche French Toast, slow-roasted peach, strawberries, orange custard, cinnamon, pistachio, vanilla crème fraîche ($16.00)’. The beautiful French toast covered in petals not only looked wonderful, but was seriously yummy. What I loved most about the dish was their restraint on sweetness. It was not sickly sweet at all. The orange custard sandwiched between the slices of brioche was fantastic just on its own, but the fruit, nuts, and crème fraîche made this a truly magnificent dish.
My dining companion picked the ‘Tart of the day which is served with a side salad ($13.00)’. The tart flavour of the day was zucchini, artichoke and fennel. The filling was very flavoursome and well seasoned. The green salad also matched the high-quality of the tart.
WHAT WE DRANK...
If you feel like a cool drink, there is the Mango, coconut nectar and lime smoothie ($5.50). Something hot? There is the Mörk Original Dark Hot Chocolate ($4.80) for you to try. I ordered a Latte ($3.60) made with Proud Mary Coffee and Saint David Dairy Milk. It tasted delightful and the coffee art was pretty cute too.
SERVICE...The service was very good and the waitresses did well manoeuvring orders between the tables in the tight space.
Address: 70 Mitchell St, Northcote, VIC
Phone: 03 9489 8040
Mon – Fri: 7.00am – 4.00pm
Sat – Sun: 8.00am – 4.00pm