Chef Ashley Davis has opened the doors on his first business venture, Copper Pot in Seddon. Davis, formerly head chef at Pure South in Southgate, has opened the 60-seater with his wife Janine, chef Sascha Rust and designer Craig Bridge.
“Everyone has been really receptive,” says Davis of the local community. “Some people have told us they’ve been waiting for us to open. We’re getting great support.”
The former Reservoir boy was head chef at two-Michelin-star London restaurant Hélène Darroze in the late 2000s. Soon after, he travelled through the continent and now wants to share his love of that part of the world with the folks of Melbourne’s west.
The European influence in the menu moves through countries and cuisines depending on the season and produce availability. Currently the king prawns from Lakes Entrance with chilli, garlic and Fino sherry, and the moule frites (Victorian or Tassie mussels depending on supply, with fries) are popular.
He’s also bought half a cow from Gippsland – you heard right – half a cow that he and Rust utilise according to the cut they’ve taken. It’s a sustainable choice that considers waste and highlights the different flavours and textures of the animal. “Today we’ve slow-cooked the hind leg and I’ve corned the brisket to put on the menu.” A starter of beef tartare is also from the Red Angus cow they purchased.
Designer Craig Bridge has created a thoughtful space with original Bentwood chairs, warm woods and a mural on one wall of the Michelin Man. It’s a nod to the original motoring guide that turned into the powerhouse reference book it is today, and a salute to team’s love of exploring Europe.