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Published November 13th 2014
Delightful day and night
Anyone who's had one of those indulgent moments and punched the word 'dessert bar' into urban spoon would be familiar with a top result (and ensuing appetite) of 'Devour' being presented with top ratings. And rightly so, Devour has moved locations but left nothing behind in terms of quality.
Double branded as 'Devour Café Patisserie' by day, and turning over to the decadent 'Devour Dessert Bar' by night, devour offers delicious day time meals while the sun shines and delightful desserts after dark.
Formerly in Prospect, the end of a lease and lack of suitable alternatives nearby prompted a wider search for a new home to Devour. The resulting move landed Devour in Richmond where a spacious corner café is minimalist but beautifully decked out, comfortable and easy to navigate between tables for groups, prams and long legs.
Owner Quang Nguyen points out that the new location provides better facilities and opportunity for Devour to look at other options for doing what they do best, such as the increased options at the café-come-dessert -bar. The untimed street parking right outside the front door is well worth noting for letting those taste buds linger a little longer and though only a stone's throw from the chaos of South Road and Sir Donald Bradman Drive transport channel, Davenport Terrace is quaintly peaceful.
The walls, adorned by pleasantly simple butchers paper proudly display the regularly changing dishes of the day. A full breakfast menu is available at all times of the day and a modest selection of lunch options served from midday cleverly cover a mix of appetites and dietary requirements. Though who could choose between soft shell crab, slow roast pork belly and scotch fillet burgers on the same day? Might be best to take a friend and share!
Importantly for the sweet tooth, Devour desserts remain the focus of the operation truly live up to their name offering delights like salted caramel tart, lemon meringue tart and a selection of macaroons including toffee apple, redskin and snickers varieties.
For the coffee connoisseur, Devour proudly brews an exquisite variety of '5 senses coffee' blends ranging from a very reasonable $3.50 - $5.50 available to dine in or takeaway. For something a little different, cold drip coffee brewed cold by slow infusion (as the name suggests) floats the sweet nuances of coffee across the taste buds without the bitter tones that we are all familiar with from a hot extraction. As the mercury rises, if cold drip coffee isn't for you don't go past the other delicious cold options including Malteser and popcorn shakes!
Devour has a relaxed vibe and strong local following including former Masterchef Callum Hann whose cooking class resides just around the corner. Friendly and accommodating staff round out the service side of the pleasure that is Devour's food and décor. Table water and glasses on every table is a delightful touch that is fortunately becoming a café standard.
Try delicious macaroon flavours including toffee apple, redskin and snickers