Loves to explore, highly nocturnal and can survive on Nescafe Short Black.
Published May 24th 2012
The weather's gloomy and the rain has stopped falling. Meet Melbourne's autumn in its foul mood.
It is easy to miss Le Miel et La Lune, given its position adjacent to the more famous Lygon Street and its numerous street cafes. The style is Asian-Australian fusion, adopting a different look from their Italian neighbours. The best seat in the house is the large common table, conveniently placed in front of large warehouse folding windows. Grab a seat near the heater, bring a book and enjoy the sunlight streaming through the windows. Peer up and you see the whitewashed ceiling with cute little self-painted white pots of plantshades (lampshades to be exact). This ups the cosy factor by another notch. By now, I am suspecting a part Korean/Japanese Hello Kitty influence when I saw the cute smiley face punctuating the small chalkboard.
The cafe offers an all day breakfast ranging from muesli, eggs, sweet soy-sauced burger together with gluten free and vegetarian options. The Le Miel Special featured a Potato Hash, Thin Pork Belly, and mixed Enoki and Shimeji mushrooms. About cheering on too many eggs-done-too-many-ways breakfasts, I cannot think of more detoxicating intoxicating ingredients than that. The lightly drenched sesame dressing gave a Japanese-Australian kick, and I momentarily forgot that I was right in the heart of Carlton.
Le Miel et La Lune may have been a Joseph Arthur song about "The Honey and the Moon", and it certainly has a sweetness to it. Unlike the rush and cacophony of sound in some inner city cafes, this is the perfect hideout to keep warm over a fading autumn, and to watch the trams roll by on a lazy Saturday morning.