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The Ascot is a boy's kinda place. Hearty portions of English comfort food, a host of alcoholic beverages to choose from, comfy couches and most importantly soccer couches and big plasma screens for catching up with your mates over matches.
While the boys help themselves to impressive imported beer selection, ladies could go giggly on the ciders. And you can't go with Brother's Toffee Apple cider, it is no doubt my favorite. If you have a sweet tooth, this is the drink for you.
We started with the Smoked tomato soup ($8). It went extremely well with the porous and crusty bread served. The soup was creamy without the heaviness of the cream, and also really smokey and lightly spiced. It was great tasting when hot but i found that the smokiness of the soup reminded me of BBQ sauce and that was very apparent when the soup was cold.
If you like blue cheese, then you gotta have the Strawberry Spinach Salad with crumbled blue cheese, pistachios, bacon and avocado ($18). The raspberry vinaigrette dressing was rather refreshing, especially when paired with the strawberries. I love my cheeses really strong so this blue was mild for me. The other starter that you can't miss is the Cold Cut Platter ($18).
3 types of cold cut- Salami, Proscuitto and Ham, served with silver onions, gherkins, scotch eggs and homemade bread. I loved the gooey egg yolk of the soft cooked egg that was wrapped in sausage meat and deep fried. I would suggest a more well flavored sausage as this was on the bland side. I was fully expecting the meal to continue on the high note that the starters had set, but the mains at The Ascot paled in comparison.
The Sunday Roast ($28/$32) served with Yorkshire Puddings, and free-flow sautéed vegetables, potatoes and Tzatziki salad, was bland and mediocre. Nothing great to shout about.
The Bangers and Mash ($20) were equally ordinary. We couldn't tell the difference between the veal, Cumberland pork, garlic and thyme sausages. I dont care how authentic Bubbles and Squeak are, the oily taste of fried vegetable is just extremely unsexy. Play it safe with the truffled mash i say.
The Chicken Tikka Masala($18) was the English style northern indian curry. The chicken was marinated in yoghurt and spices and then cooked in a creamy tomato curry which wasn't spicy nor overly rich. I prefer the authentic Northern Indian style of course.
If you want something more substantial than the starters, then go for the Ascot Burger served with Fries. In our humble opinion, this was the better tasting main dish at Ascot. The burger patty was well flavored but overall burger it's a little drier than what I would like it to be. The best part of this dish was the fries. Double fried for the crispy exterior and they still maintained that substantial filled interior. Yums. Go for the beer and burger special. It's only $25 with a pint of Stella Artois.
Skip desserts. Really. Unless you're into stale and oily batter coated Mars Bars that aren't fully melted. Or oily bread crumbles in the Bread Pudding. Trust me they are not worth your calories. Anyhow, stick with the starters at The Ascot. We were very satisfied with them. The burger and beer combination should do fine too. The others dishes are really just average.