Maison Du Bon www.maisondubon.com I first visited Paris when I was 10 years old. It was the middle of winter, and the air cut through the skin like ice. The sort of coldness that one would ordinarily need to bat away, with a warm, fluffy blanket or a steaming cup of cocoa. Yet, surprisingly, it was the one place where the coldness did not bother me – all one had to do was look up, and any hint of it would immediately vanish. The beauty of the place, in all its history and intimate splendour, was enough to take one’s breath away. In an instant, I had fallen in love with the city. And oh, let me tell you about the food.
Le Petit Prince Location: 1a Mercer Road, Armadale Victoria Contact: 03 9824 6404
Piggery Cafe Location: 1 Sherbrooke Road, Sherbrooke Contact: 03 9691 3888 http://www.piggerycafe.com.au/ Set in the Burnham Beeches Estate, Piggery cafe has the feel like an English Summer retreat. Nestled in the Dandenong Ranges complete with bowls, croquet and other sports on its immaculate lawns one half expects Shannon himself to ride around the corner on a horse, beagles in tow.
T By Luxbite Location: 517 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Contact: 03 9629 9662 Wedged in a teeny space in Melbourne’s ‘The Archway’, T By Luxbite, the sister restaurant of South Yarra’s beloved Luxbite patisserie, is known for its wonderful and playful takes on the traditional tart. Tarts come in all shapes and forms, from the cutesy ‘Gingy’ the gingerbread man tart to the more usual raspberry and blueberry tarts.
Little Collins St Kitchen Location: Level 1 Sheraton Melbourne, 27 Little Collins St, VIC 3000 Contact: 03 9290 1051 After arriving up the marbled stairway encompassed by large woody panels, tall chandeliers and glitzy lobby, entering into Little Collins St Kitchen was like walking into a different country. Light cream textured tiles, white wooden armchairs and plush grey couches. It was warm and welcoming, like a French provincial kitchen, making it a welcome change to the oppressively dark, stark interiors normally common to such dining establishments.
Counting House Location: 787 Esplanade Mornington, VIC 3931 Contact: 03 5975 2055 Had a phenomenal time at Counting House over the weekend thanks to M & E. The place is absolutely gorgeous; a quaint, cottage-like restaurant that is all bits rustic glamour and chic. It draws on natural elements – the lights are encased by branches, the long windows are lined with bright red flowers, and the glassware and ornaments bear the restaurant’s cute logo – a little black bird.
Monsieur Truffe Location: 90 Smith St, Collingwood, VIC 3066 Contact: 03 9416 3101 T&T brought home the most gorgeous handmade truffles from Monsieur Truffe in Collingwood.
Clean and bright, with large wooden communal tables and yellow lights dangling precariously from its ceiling, the Hardware Societe is a gorgeous little cafe that is more often than not accompanied by wait times from 30 minutes to a solid hour.
Hugging the back of the Southbank precinct, the Belgian Beer Cafe is the perfect pick me up for reliably good food and a spot of alcohol.
Prepare to be shocked with Shocolate. Stepping into Shocolate made me feel like a kid again, bouncing off the walls of a lolly shop, with delectables in every corner.
This week in sweets – a trip to La Belle Miette for Melbourne’s best macarons, and chocolate fixes from Le Petit Gateau and Brunetti.
A cozy restaurant nestled at the end of Russell Street, PM24 has already cemented itself as one of the finest French restaurants in Melbourne.