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Published July 1st 2015
Did a unicorn poop this or a French pastry magician?
One of the lovely things about Melbourne is the not-so-secret hidden cafés found down alleys and behind parking lots. Changing suite, Chez Dre, the popular French café tucked down not one but two dodgy-looking alleyways, has decided to come out into the open with their latest gourmet offering: dessert and French pastry café Bibelot.
Located at the front of their flagship café on Coventry Street, the space is surprisingly large with a great deal of space dedicated to the dessert cupboard and service counter. The store has a very clean and simple colour scheme, with black floors, white countertops and crystal clear glass cabinets that must be a massive pain to keep clean.
Rows of brightly coloured, intricately crafted desserts line the cabinet, next to a section of chocolate truffles with exotic ingredients such as Earl Grey Tea or chilli, before we come to rows upon rows of macarons. There's also an ice cream bar and a few walls lined with take-home treats.
I carefully ordered the Hazlenut and Lemon tarte (it looked the least-likely to contain dairy, but they unfortunately do not have labels or allergy advice) and a long black. The intricate layers and design of the dessert domes show how much thought has gone into selecting the right flavour combinations: a crumbly hazelnut biscuit base with a dollop of hazelnut ganache (basically pricey nutella) encapsulated in a glossy yellow dome of lemon curd. It was delicious without being too sickly sweet.
Not sure which to choose? Grab two and share with a friend!
One of my girlfriend's ordered a chocolate dome to share with her partner, and it was equally as intricately designed. Multiple layers of flavours and textures resulted in a mouthgasm of taste, although I think a whole dessert to yourself would be far too much.
Not the cheapest place to grab afternoon tea, but definitely somewhere to consider spending your Sunday afternoon once in a while after you've finished your shopping for the week at the South Melbourne Market.