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Published July 11th 2015
European-style patisserie in the heart of Bayswater
Montano's Patisserie Café is not your usual run-of-the-mill suburban bakery selling breadsticks, meat pies and Boston buns. It's a little piece of indulgence, sandwiched between a watchmaker and a liquor store in the main strip-shopping precinct of Bayswater, in Melbourne's outer east.
Run by husband and wife team Helen and Nick Montano, the patisserie and café opened its doors in July 2014, and is now open seven days a week. On offer is a dazzling array of decadent cakes, pastries, biscuits and gourmet meat pies as well as a range of Greek and Italian delicacies, giving the café very much a European flavour.
The display cases are packed full of fat vanilla slices, cannoli with globs of custard oozing from each end, berry tarts piled high with fruit glistening under sugary sweet glaze and croissants bursting with chocolate and dusted with icing sugar. Jars of chunky cookies sit on the counter tops, and white Montano's pastry boxes line the high shelves along the back wall, sitting next to oversized tubs of Nutella. Because, yes, Montano's is also catering to latest craze sweeping across Melbourne – Nutella donuts. So what was one to do on a rainy Sunday morning but than to see what all the fuss was about?
A fresh tray of donuts had just been brought out to the front counter as my donut-dining companion and I entered into the cheerful café, leaving no doubt as to what we'd be imminently sinking our teeth into. Rows of Nutella donuts sat next to old-fashioned jam donuts, as well as some that made me a do a little happy dance inside my head – donuts with a salted caramel filing. Ooh, yes please!
A few minutes later we were settling ourselves into a corner in the warmth of this delightful sugar-and-cream filled piece of heaven, with our donuts and a vanilla milkshake. I can't attest to the coffee at Montano's—whilst the perfect accompaniment to donuts is undoubtedly coffee, I'm not a coffee drinker (I know, I know—a Melburnian who doesn't like coffee? Oh the shame, the shame…). But the coffee our fellow diners were drinking smelt pretty darn good, and if you really want to take your Nutella-fix to the next level, also on the menu for the day were Nutella milkshakes and hot chocolates. But we stuck with our vanilla shake, which went down a dream after licking the sticky salted caramel and gooey Nutella from our fingers. Both donuts had been warmed up to just the right temperature, with buttery caramel exploding into a delicious saucy mess on the plate as we cut the donut in half. The half-melted Nutella in our other donut spread through the middle of the soft cake-like dough, and whist it was a chocolate-hazelnut lover's delight, the salted caramel donut really did it for me. All the donuts are made on site, and as we sat back in our chairs in the headiness of post-donut bliss, we peeked through to the kitchen out the back and watched as one of the bakers rolled out balls of stretchy white dough and dropped them on to trays, before the centres were filled with squirts of Nutella and caramel and jam.
Even when the Nutella donut craze fades (as these things inevitably do), there is still so much more on the menu at Montano's to keep your sweet tooth in check. Friendly service, reasonable enough prices, a nice atmosphere, and of course the divine range of cakes and pastries makes for a winning combination, and one that I'll be very happy to experience again in the very near future.
Thank you Tamara for your wonderful , wonderful reveiw of our Patisserie we try our very best every day to have the freshest of food, deserts to the best quality for our customers. Wish I could meet you next time and say thank you in person for taking the time to write and photo gragh our store. The owner Helen