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Published October 8th 2017
Melbourne's best baguettes and croissants come to Hawthorn
Now you don't have to go to Collingwood to buy the best, authentic French style croissants and baguettes, because Gontran Cherrier has just opened his second artisan bakery - in Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn.
Why Glenferrie Road? "Glenferrie Road has a real community feel to it, and we want to offer locals the best quality products. It's a great area to collaborate with other local businesses which we look forward to exploring further down the line," said Gontran.
The new Hawthorn store. Focus is more on takeaway than eat in, however there are a few tables available.
On a recent visit, the customers were - literally - queueing to the door, suggesting locals have been quick to find and embrace the delicious French breads and pastries.
The Hawthorn outlet is quite a small space, hence the focus is more on takeaway offerings than eat in; however, we managed to squeeze ourselves onto one of the small side tables towards the back of the bakery (there's also a larger table in the room at the back), and can report that, despite the crowds of customers, the service was efficient, and the coffee excellent.
With the launch of the new outlet, Gontran has also introduced some new products. On offer are three new varieties of savoury Danishes: chorizo, tomato, smoked paprika and feta; zucchini and feta, and egg, ham and gruyere (each $9).
Some of the mouth-wateringly delicious products available at the Hawthorn store
If you're after a bit of baguette action, try the saucisson, pickles and Emmental baguette, or the brie, apple chutney and lettuce baguette (each $9.50).
Otherwise, simply grab one of their great loaves of bread or baguettes and make up your own combination at home. I can recommend the miso rye bread ($8.90), or for something a bit different, try the blacker than black squid ink baguette ($6.90).
There's something special about Gontran's bread, and apparently the secret is in the flour, which is imported from France. "Freshly baked bread, made from French flour, is one of life's greatest pleasures. French flour is much more digestible than most alternatives, that's why it doesn't leave you feeling bloated or uncomfortable," explains Gontran.
Gontran in-store during a recent visit to Australia
The butter used in the baking is also imported from France, to create the authentic French flavours.
Gontran Cherrier Hawthorn is located at 696 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn. It is open seven days: from 7am to 4pm Monday to Friday, and from 7am to 5pm on weekends.