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Published March 11th 2010
Okay, I confess. I'm pretty weak when faced with well-made French pastries or cakes – and absolutely hopeless when faced with a window full of them. Hence, my visits to Laurent in Collins Street are well-spaced, but each is savoured as a special treat.
The 1920s former bank building, with its two-storey windows and stunning spiral staircase, is indeed elegant. The crockery and cutlery are beautiful, and everything is presented gracefully and with style.
Laurent is both a boulangerie, which means bakery, and a patisserie, which of course means pastry shop. A marriage made in heaven.
So, amidst the fabulous French/European-style cakes and pastries, you can also try savoury classics and sandwiches made with true-to-style baguettes or focaccias, but who am I kidding? My sweet tooth beckons. I guess some have more discipline than me.
Perhaps for a more formal experience, check out the Laurent restaurant, Les Boucheries Parisiennes, at 268 Toorak Road, South Yarra. Now, there's an idea… It looks very French and very fine.
Okay, that's about it from me. The tummy's rumbling, the kitchen beckons, and I must go make something to eat. Bless the French and their fabulous fare.