Note, however, that the French Lettuce vanilla slice is not one to eat on a first date. Unless you have snake-like jaws that know how to unhinge, you will find this deep slice tricky to get into with dignity intact. Morsels of creamy custard may wobble onto your lap. A trail of deliciously crunchy crumbs of pastry may speckle your face. And some pilgrims may even make small, embarrassing snuffles and/or moans as they eat.
Regardless of your vanilla slice deportment, you can take comfort that this is a slice entrenched in culture. It's said (at least according to the gospels of Wikipedia) that the custardy forebear of the vanilla slice is none other than the mille-feuille, originating in France.
Well, I've been called many things, but not yet a mystic until now! Vanilla slice hunting is indeed a journey - and I still stand by my assertion, The French Lettuce slice is far and away the most sublime example of custardy goodness I've had the pleasure to experience :)
By Sue Williams - senior reviewer Sunday, 21st of August @ 10:01 am
No doubt, the best Vanilla Slice in Melbourne is from Aviv Bakery in Elsternwick. Second best is from the Sorrento Bakery.
By steve180 - reader Tuesday, 23rd of August @ 01:24 am
I haven't yet sampled these, but I do know of the supreme Vanilla Slice joy to be found at the Sorrento Bakery, as mentioned by the previous reader!
By eve.a - reader Tuesday, 23rd of August @ 03:51 am
Heresy, absolute heresy.
There can be only One, and that One is The French Lettuce!
By RossChapman - senior reviewer Tuesday, 23rd of August @ 05:37 am
Agree, the one from Refectory in Sydney Rd, Brunswick is heavenly, however, I havent tried the one at French Lettuce ... Will go there tomorrow!...well, then at least I can compare!
By glend16 - reader Tuesday, 23rd of August @ 06:15 am
By far the best Vanilla Slice I know (mega VS fan here) is the Heather Dell Bakery (Yarraville) hand made at $2.60. Made with real cream custard and pastry yummmmm ... this link is a groovy review of their other well below average priced treats. considerthesauce.net/2010/11/25/heather-dell/
By maria - reader Tuesday, 23rd of August @ 12:50 am
The one from green Refectory in Brunswick is pretty special! It has a passionfruit twist, so it's not for the purists, but YUM!
By jebesy - reader Tuesday, 23rd of August @ 04:09 am
Rosedale Bakery also makes the best Vanilla slice. You are guaranteed that if you arent there early enough, they are all gone......VERY POPULAR!!
By Anonymous Thursday, 25th of August @ 09:33 am
All gone? That sounds like a seriously good vanilla slice...
By Sue Williams - senior reviewer Thursday, 25th of August @ 10:02 am
For me it would have to be the ones we used to buy on a Friday from Leos supermarket in Kew. They are delicious and we would keep them in the refridgerator only having to eat a half a one in a sitting as they are so wonderful.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer Friday, 26th of August @ 01:54 am
Bayswater Bakery, Mountain Highway, Bayswater
By debra - reader Saturday, 27th of August @ 11:09 am
'Goodness Gracious' on Riversdale road, Camberwell do the best vanilla slice. They're light and fluffy on the inside and crunchy on the outside, they also won a 'Vanilla Slice of the Year' award!
By Deveta Patel - senior reviewer Wednesday, 9th of November @ 06:25 am
Lol! Nicely written, Sue! Bet your book is a laugh! Thanks for the tip. Other journeymen/women to the Wimmera region may know Waak's Bakery, central Horsham CBD & Hall's Gap Bakery (by the creek). Bragging superior custardy contributions, get in early, I say. Annie
By p.bro - reader Thursday, 15th of November @ 10:54 pm
Best vanilla slice
Just Fine Foods in Sorrento
By Anonymous Monday, 3rd of December @ 10:14 am
Thanks for the tip. I'll have to check out Goodness Gracious next time I'm in Camberwell.
By Sue Williams - senior reviewer Thursday, 10th of November @ 06:00 am
2 hours north of melbourne a little cafe, the giddy goat. They are really really good!
By Anonymous Friday, 6th of July @ 10:19 am
Rosa's Bakery, High St, Cranbourne.
-the delicious snot block kind with the fluffly custard and icing sugar on top! I always buy two.
By kafkapants - reader Friday, 9th of November @ 01:27 am
By vicki - reader Sunday, 25th of November @ 10:25 am
House of Bread and Pastries in Brighton
By Anonymous Tuesday, 5th of March @ 09:45 pm
Vanilla slice from Tatura Hot Bread is really good! They deserve the trophy.
By kristine - reader Thursday, 28th of December @ 06:54 pm