chez dré iii, south melbourne

i’ve made no secret of my love for chez dré, right around the corner from the south melbourne markets. on a weekday it has a relaxed peaceful feeling (perfect for studying, working or escaping work!). and on a weekend it has a lively infectious vibe full of laughter, talking + people enjoying themselves. it is certainly my favourite in melbourne, made easier by its proximity to both home and work for me.

but before i continue with my love of chez dré. please allow me a quick moment to brag about another of my loves… my extraordinarily talented husband who released his much-anticipated debut album yesterday! we are both so excited! he has worked (and practiced) unbelievably hard to get to this point and i am so super proud… it is a momentous week in the inlovewithbrunch apartment.

so, the below photos are a collation from multiple visits to chez dré (so please don’t judge me a glutton -i’ve spaced out my culinary pleasures!)

brioche french toast with spiced apples, pain d’épices crumb, blueberry gel, caramelized pecans + vanilla mascarpone pretty as a picture and beautiful complimenting flavours. this disk is not overly sweet like some french toasts + the crunch of the walnuts are divine.

chez dre, south melbourne

brioche french toast, chez dre

truffled eggs with prosciutto, pecorino, coddled eggs, white truffle oil + toast sourdough if the brioche french toast is ying, then this dish is yang. not a hint of sweetness or sugar, this dish packs a sharp tangy punch from the combination of meat, cheese + truffle oil. the coddled eggs were smooth, soft + delicate.

chez dre, south melbourne

truffled eggs, chez dre

pistachio tapioca with passionfruit curd, rhubarb, chia seeds + pistachios this was a weekly special earlier in november, so you may find it’s not on the menu when you visit – but if it is i definitely recommend trying it! i absolutely love tapioca / sago dishes (operator25, chin chin, rice paper scissors) and this was no exception. the passionfruit curd was beautifully tangy/creamy + pistachios always remind me of christmas. delish!

chez dre, south melbourne

sago pudding, chez dre

lemon-hazelnut tart with lemon mousse, pâte de praline, lemon crème, hazelnut dacquoise if you have not yet experienced the patisserie cabinet at chez dré you are seriously missing out. this indulgent lemon-hazelnut tart is just one of 13 amazingly constructed sweets you have to choose from (i’m talking banofee st. honoré, caramel éclair, chocolate tart). and then there’s 12 flavours of macarons too. seriously sinful, but seriously worth it!

chez dre, south melbourne

hazelnut-lemon tart, chez dre

scrambled eggs + bacon not only do they do fancy well, they also do a simple satisfying aussie brunch well! a seriously huge serving size (i couldn’t finish this), delicious bacon + some seriously good scrambling skills!

chez dre, south melbourne

bacon + eggs, chez dre

the coffee is always consistent, a locally roasted house ‘symmetry blend’ by the maling room in canterbury. i love the fair trade and ethically sourced consciousness too.

chez dre, south melbourne

soy latte, chez dre

chez dre, south melbourne

soy latte, chez dre

chez dre, south melbourne

flat white, chez dre

chez dre, south melbourne

flat white, chez dre

there is certainly no way i can hide my love for this café, and while i sound super soppy + overly optimistic, it truly is a special space. staff are always friendly, even on a busy weekend when they are full to overflowing + juggling a million things. love love love.

verdict: hands down, my fave in melbourne
find: www.chezdre.com.au Chez Dré on Urbanspoon

chez dre, south melbourne

chez dre, south Melbourne

chez dre, south melbourne

chez dre, south melbourne

chez dre, south melbourne

chez dre, south melbourne

magic on ferras, south melbourne

can you believe we are halfway through december already?! where the heck has 2014 gone? i’m not going to start getting sentimental about the year yet (i figure i’ve got about 2 more week’s before it’s time for that), but… if you’re like me your december is full of
– work christmas parties (which i unfortunately spent in bed sick as a dog for both),
– industry end-of-year events (consult australia event with tim costelle, the ceo of world vision was so inspring!),
– christmas gatherings with friends before we all split to see families all around the country (ours involved a hilarious game of white elephant),
– spouse’s work christmas party (this friday coming),
– church / community christmas carols (my favourite event of the season),
– early christmas shopping to mail around the country in time (i’m the best aunty – my nieces and nephew are getting spoilt this year!)
– and the last-minute mad-dash present buying for the rest of the family that you will see

all while going through one of the most stressful times ever at work, compounded by end of financial year which is always madness anyway… oh, and then somewhere in there pack a suitcase and get to qld in time for christmas eve. did i mention i also managed to fit in 2 john legend concerts last weekend (swoon, and yay for free tickets)!? … are you as exhausted as i feel yet?

magic on ferras, south melbourne

magic on ferras, south melbourne

in all of this hurrying, i definitely recommend taking some time to smell the roses, reflect on the year that was, and prepare yourself for whatever 2015 may hold (i know i’m certainly needing some perspective in amongst all the madness) – and what better way to take a time-out than with a coffee + brunch in hand?!

which is where ‘magic on ferrars’ comes into my long un-abbreviated introduction… this great cafe was a much-needed respite before commencing a crazy weekend. it is a short walk from the south melbourne markets (over the tram track and cross the road – simple!), and while the inside is pretty cosy (probably only seating 15 or so), there is a great vibe kerb-side when the weather is nice.

the cafe serves up st ali seasonal house blend which is not an uncommon roast in others cafes around melbourne – and for good measure… it’s consistent, strong and full of flavour!

magic on ferras, south melbourne

soy latte, magic on ferras

magic on ferras, south melbourne

flat white, magic on ferras

husband (surprise surprise) went for:
classic bacon + eggs, and whilst one of the eggs was a big over-cooked the other was super gooey + the bacon was a good size. not a bad start.

magic on ferras, south melbourne

bacon + eggs, magic on ferras

i was super keen on one of the weekend specials so gave this one a try:
smasher on pumpkin multi, roast tomato + poached egg
(aka as smashed avo on toast) – this was light, refreshing + the zing of the lemon was delightful. the pumpkin multi also had a great flavour – just what i was after.

magic on ferras, south melbourne

smasher, magic on ferras

and lastly, our habitual 3rd breakfast to share:
your beautiful muesli: organic yoghurt with yoghurt, fresh fruit + poached apricots
this was a great muesli! packed with seeds, nuts + grains it certainly wasn’t a boring mix. the poached apricots were a delightful (and uncommon) addition which we ended up fighting over the last one for. the berries + citrus on top were fresh and juicy + the yoghurt was a thick vanilla which went perfectly with the grainy muesli. a really great dish.

magic on ferras, south melbourne

muesli, magic on ferras

the specials board changes almost regularly + all the staff were really friendly and attentive. there is a great array of books + magazines to chill-out with for a while and was also almost tempted by the mouth-watering cobb lane doughnuts which were on offer at the front counter. all in all, a great cafe with some definite magic going on.

verdict: bringing the magic to ferrars st
find: http://www.urbanspoon.com

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magic on ferras, south melbourne

magic on ferras, south melbourne

 

 

pod at post industrial design (pid), footscray

i always think its risky combining a store with a cafe – sometimes the array of gift and homeware don’t quite hit the mark… and sometimes the food is less than ordinary.

not the case for the cafe (pod) @ pid (post industrial design) on barkly st in footscray. their display of homewares, gifts, artwork + accessories are delightful! especially at the moment, with their gorgeous christmas ornaments and christmas gift ideas. i will happily admit to picking up a few for my christmas gift list (for which i’m now proudly about 80% there – yay go me, and no last minute panic shopping for me this year!)

pod at pid, footscray

pod at pid, footscray

pod at pid, footscray

pod at pid, footscray

pod at pid, footscray

pod at pid, footscray

pod at pid, footscray

pod at pid, footscray

the cafe (pod), which adjoins the store is a lovely laid back space. there are also a few seats kerb-side, and you may have a short wait on a weekend. the wait staff are really friendly and accommodating + service was pretty efficient despite the cafe being full when we arrived.

my favourite thing about the cafe is the coffee they serve, and regularly stop in just for a takeaway latte. niccolo coffee. originating from italy, the beans are now locally roasted here in melbourne and are seriously delicious! it is a really smooth blend, very creamy + pleasant on the palate.

pod at pid, footscray

soy latte, pod at pid

pod at pid, footscray

cold milk, pod at pid

and this is what my husband orders whenever there is no apple juice available. (note to cafes, not everyone 1. drinks coffee 2. drinks oj). anyway, he was happy with milk.

the menu changes pretty regularly between seasons, with heartier warm dishes having been replaced with lighter colder options for the summer.

once again, my husband ordered:

poached eggs + bacon (he wasn’t in the adventurous mood)… i keep telling him to start a blog just comparing poached eggs + bacon from around the world – he’d be considered an expert by now! ;-)

unfortunately this one won’t be making it into his top 10 list. whilst the eggs were perfectly poached, he’s not a fan of the bacon steak (we had a similar experience at auction rooms). this piece was at least a much more generous serving size, but again its a much fattier cut + i guess sometimes the traditional bacon is more what you’d expect for an aussie bacon + egg breaky. still, if you happen to like bacon steak – then this is a great breakfast option for you!

pod at pid, footscray

eggs + bacon steak, pod at pid

vanilla rice pudding with poached fruits + pistachio nuts
this was a delicious, creamy cold pudding – perfect for summer. i was in sweet-breakfast heaven! topped with poached rhubarb + the crunch of the pistachios, it was perfectly balanced, light + refreshing.

pod at pid, footscray

vanilla rice pudding, pod at pid

hard to believe that this lovely place has only been open coming up on one year (on 19 december)… efficient service, great coffee + certainly seems to have attracted the locals. and i definitely recommend a wander around pid – it is a gorgeous store + i bet you will find it hard to leave without picking up a thing or two!

verdict: a great combination: beautiful gifts + homewares + great coffee
find: http://postindustrialdesign.com.au/

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