There is nothing more satisfying in life than discovering something extraordinary by accident. Strolling amidst the numerous kitsch cafes in South Melbourne (many which are of a very high quality, I might add) it would be much too easy to retreat to one of your old favourites eg. Cafe Sweethearts, Q eleven, St Ali- all which will guarantee a satisfying brunch on an early Sunday morning. However, passing a small laneway off Coventry Street which I never knew existed, a sign caught my eye.
Chez dre- a French patisserie boulangerie" . Curiosity got the better of me and I couldn't resist following where the sign led. Inside was bustling with activity--- an open kitchen created a sense of confidence and the counter sported baskets of freshly baked bread loaves/ baguettes/ pastries and a cabinet displaying an enticing array of macaroons and delicate cakes. There are plenty here to veer you off your course for the morning ---BRUNCH.
Once you got over the distractions at the counter and managed to be lucky enough to score a table a chirpy waiter will set you up with some water and time to peruse the chic menu. There is something to suit all tastes here. If you are an adventurous chick who values exciting new tastes over portion size like me- I suggest opting for the cheese and corn soufflé with salmon and avocado salsa ($16.50). The entire dish is perfectly balanced with all the components working together in perfect harmony to create a gastronomical symphony. The soufflé was light and balanced with the saltiness of the salmon and citrus notes in the avocado perfectly. This dish satisfies you but leaves you room to indulge in one of the many cakes, macaroons or pastries later on.
On the other hand, for those who like their hearty bacon, eggs and sausages, fear not as there's the Grand petit dejeuner ($19.50). It comes with a side of avocado salsa and tomato salsa giving this classic breakfast dish a slightly more sophisticated twist.
A lovely vibrant atmosphere with refined dishes and a delectable assortment of baked goods and desserts makes this café the perfect destination for a relaxed weekend brunch. Lose yourself for a moment and you could be fooled into thinking you were in a chic café in regional France.