The fox is in the corn in Footscray.
No, that is not some kind of code. The corn in question is this rather drab building on Droop Street...
...and the fox in question is this verrrrrry foxy fitout!
Our new vulpine friend is a pasta bar, owned and run by the owners of Millgrove Pasta, who are specialty pasta manufacturers in Williamstown. Josh Bayne and Josh Murnane met while working at Alligator Pasta, another rather delicious pasta maker in Yarraville, and a few years ago decided to go out on their own and start Millgrove. Now they are taking their pasta straight to the people by opening Fox in the Corn.
The menu is small and snappy. Pick your pasta - fettuccine or ravioli - and something from a gorgeous list of sauces. This is fettuccine with the pancetta, leek and tomato and it was bloody amazing. Dense yet supple strands of fettuccine with a sticky, totally plate-lickworthy sauce, punctuated with generous chunks of rich pancetta. Gorgeous and a very generous serving, too.
A nice green salad because I am trying to be healthy (despite keenly coveting the buffalo mozz, rocket and tomato number). Loved the balsamic dressing. Feedback: Don't keep the tommies in the fridge. They were obviously good ones and would be even better at room temp.
As I shovelled in the gorgeous noodles, I present to you a texted exchange I had with my friend J. When I heard that Fox in the Corn was specialising in pasta, I admit I was a bit ho-hum too. Maybe you, like me, cook pasta for the kids at least a few nights per week and are just not that excited by it. But like I said to her - trust me. This is not your average spag.
Coming soon is BEEEEER on tap. The "house beer" will be from Blackman's Brewery in Torquay (a pale ale, a sweet cider and an unfiltered lager). There will also be a rotating cast of interesting craft beers. With Littlefoot and the Plough just down the road - I sense a Footscray bar crawl coming on! (Did you ever thing we'd be able to say that?!?!?!)
Coffee beans are roasted by Monk Bodhi Dharma in Elsternwick and an espresso was absolutely tip top. As for the icecream - served in a pot, it's a Dixie Cup flashback, and you can decide if that's a good or bad thing. (I'd prefer it served in a bowl personally.) It's from Gundowring, made on the farm in northeastern Victoria. The banana flavour was divine.
What does the fox say?
Actually, it says - you need to be at Fox in the Corn NOW!
Fox in the Corn (Facebook)
4 Droop St, Footscray