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Cafe de Beaumarchais

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by Lionel (subscribe)
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Published November 6th 2012

The Dandenong Ranges is a popular weekend spot for many locals and visitors, with attractions like the iconic National Rhododendron Garden, Puffing Billy, Tesselaar Tulip Farm, Skyhigh Lookout and Kallista Market. In addition, Mount Dandenong is also home to many quaint shops and eateries including a Parisian-inspired cafe.

Cafe de Beaumarchais, located in the small township of Sassafras, is a hidden gem for pastry enthusiasts. The queue of couples and families waiting on a table must be evidence of its popularity.

The unadorned facade with large windows reflecting dark interiors mask an elegant and romantic interior. The most striking elements of the interior are the little reminders of cafes I visited in Paris and Brussels:

Seating is equally tight and tables are wood and metal topped with marble.

Pastries are arranged in glass and metal displays typical of French cafes.

The walls included touches of French baroque-inspired designs and Gothic looking chandeliers hang warmly from the ceiling.

There's also an wooden open shelf with ceramics, jars of preserves and coffee beans that acts as a retail space.

The rest of the establishment is reflective of the area and the cafe scene in Melbourne.

The repertoire of pastries reflect the Aussie palate, with treats like bread and butter pudding, apple and rhubarb crumble and banana walnut cake. Service was friendly, chatty and efficient.

There were too many alluring pastries behind the glass to make a quick decision or to attempt at sampling the lot. I finally decided on testing the Frenchness of the cafe by ordering the lemon roulade. It turned out to be very light with the right amount of squidgy lemoniness that would sit well in the counters of Paris.

I couldn't help adding an order of the non-French dusty brown looking Lindt chocolate and masala cake. It was light yet chocolatey rich on the palate, without being milky sweet. A must-try for chocolate lovers.

The accompanying latte was properly made with the right mix of espresso and milk.

Cafe de Beaumarchais may not be a full replicate of a French cafe, but the thought of mouth-watering pastries in a setting made cosier with nice touches of French decor, excellent service and affordable prices will have me returning for more.
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Why? Cafe de Beaumarchais is an excellent pastry stop in Mount Dandenong
When: Mon-Sun: 8:30am–5pm
Phone: (03) 9755 1100
Where: 372 Mount Dandenong Road, Sassafras, Vic 3787
Cost: AUD3.50 to AUD6.50 per pastry
Your Comment
Beat me by a day publishing Lionel, hehe! Lovely place, we had a meeting here last week and honestly, THE best cake I've ever had. We had white Lindt chocolate and raspberry cheesecake and fabo coffee (& coffee has to be good to impress me) all seated outside watching the world go by.
I love their crockery, it looks like dinged up old white enamel tin cups with bits broken off, but it's meant to be that way and is in fact, china!
by Lesley Mitchell (score: 3|3528) 3088 days ago
Wow Lionel, you sold me... my mouth is watering! I must go to this place immediately...
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1133) 3078 days ago
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