We sat sur le trottoir, but the aesthetic of Malvern's new Millstone Patisserie is far from Parisian. In a brief window of sunshine on Saturday my father, belle-mère and I were greeted by hints of French provincial in wooden shelving, yellow and white flowers and a golden Labrador that adopted us as her humans.
The highlight of the space is the giant artworks by Melbourne freelance illustrator and textile designer Alice Oehr – other than the cakes of course, which are works of art in their own right. This is Melbourne café meets Parisian patisserie - general manager Alice Wright is also the in-house Cordon-Bleu trained pastry chef.
A trip to Paris in April means the memory of artisan pastries on every corner is fresh in my mind. At first I thought Millstone would disappoint – not for lack of quality but because by the time I arrived at 11am they were sold out of all but one or two options and there was not a croissant in sight. However, I enjoyed a coffee of Melbourne roasted Niccolo beans and serve of fruit toast.
When I went inside to take photos however, some new chocolate and hazelnut soufflé tarts had appeared, and a few minutes later one of these found its way to our table. Alice had whipped them up since so much had already sold, and in the end I could not complain of lack of decadence. It was perfect – a crumbly, buttery base, lightly crispy top with roasted hazelnuts and creamy, mousse-like inside.
I will be back for more delicious coffee, quick service and the possibility of pastry. Millstone also boasts a full breakfast menu and hearty lunch menu including roast pork belly, French baguettes and rotating salads. I can guarantee a visit to this café will be a treat, though sadly I can't promise another friendly Labrador…
It's a shame that you're so far in Malvern & we're here in Western suburb of Hoppers Crossing. We know France & Europe very well & visit to your cafe is so tempting but sadly I don't know when if we can make it.. but reading about it made my mouth water cos' I'm a real sucker for Pastry in Europe & if I could I'd live on sweets. May be if you're coming this way you could visit us & bring us some goodies.Of course we'll pay for it. And what a shame not to able to pat your beautiful Mia.
So long for now &
Of course, you got to check it. See, people write these on spur of the moment not thinking about the Red tape.It's just I liked the artical & that was my reaction which is very modest.
But then you encourage us to post the comment.