04 Oct Ten One Ate & Giant Marshmallow Hot Chocolates – Essendon
Count to ten and imagine giant campfire marshmallows and chunky steak sandwiches. The picture is a reality at Ten One Ate, in the Essendon burbs. Akin to the Hare and the Tortoise, the North West (no, not the Kardashian baby) has slowly but truly, been gathering in speed, with new openings sprouting around town. In Melbourne, you need loudness to attract attention, either with instaworthy dishes or experienced chefs. For Ten One Ate, they’ve chosen the loud approach. A scroll through social media will reveal pages of artery-clogging, psychedelic freakshakes and fairy floss adorned french toasts. Admittedly, freakshakes were exciting when they first boomed. Now, looking at them, makes me a tad ill. Food trends, come and go. Our current obsession is Matcha. One Matcha hot chocolate, please?
Ten One Ate is two-faced. Not in the nasty sense, but in the sense that the menu can be clearly segregated. One side, is health driven, focusing on organic, sustainable produce. The other side, screams ADHD, with hyperactive, sugar laden dishes. It seems most people, are attracted to the butt cheek expanding options. Who can blame them? The Steak Sandwich is a masculine choice, with Angus Scotch steak, sandwiched with creamy avocado and cheese. Accompanied with crispy chips, a more pungent cheese eg. gruyere would’ve made this even better. Not complaining though, this was darn tasty. Ordering salt & pepper calamari is high risk. It’s a stock standard dish found at EVERY family restaurant. Ten One Ate’s version is refined, with scatterings of organic baby corn, amongst other hipster approved greens. If only all salt & pepper calamari dishes, were this good!
Onto the intriguing hot chocolates. The giant marshmallows arrive, toasted, as a delicious floatation device. We asked the owner where can we purchase giant Marshmallows? He replies jokingly ‘ I’ld have to kill you, if I told you’. Let’s just say it starts with a C ;). The slight bitterness of Matcha, provides a differential tasting point. The White Chocolate sits in the background. The slowly disintegrating marshmallow, further enhances the sweetness. Without which, the hot chocolate is quite mild. We prefer our hot drinks intense and thick – but each to their own?
Ten One Ate elevates the North West, replacing the Bricklayer’s Arm, as a new dining destination. Look to the floor and you’ll notice an underground private dining room. Look to your belly and you’ll notice a satisfying bulge. Go forth and make some food babies!
Salt & Pepper Calamari w/ Organic Baby Corn, Quinoa, Broccoli, Salsa verde, Pomegranate, Lime vinegar dressing
Steak Sandwich & Chips – Angus scotch steak, Roast peppers, Cheese, Avocado, Onions, Lettuce, Aioli