GetFoodi Connecting food creators with food lovers www.getfoodi.com.au Can we all just take a moment to admire this wonderful creation? I mean really, that is one SERIOUS cake!
The Truffle Shuffle Location: South Melbourne Market http://southmelbournemarket.com.au/the-truffle-shuffle/ I still remember the first time I tried truffles. A good friend had just gotten engaged and, armed with a good excuse to throw a decadent cheese and wine party, I headed down the orange staircase at Spring Street Grocer’s cheese room in the hopes of picking up a creamy brie or camembert for a crowd. Safe to say, Spring Street Grocer does not disappoint, and I walked out with a slab of truffle brie, absolutely convinced by the French cheesemonger that it was the best thing in the world. And boy, it was – from the strong scent of the truffle that had been grated and strewn throughout the middle of the cheese, to that sharp, earthen and delicately oily taste. It was out of this world.
The Crux and Co Location: 35 Albert Road, South Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC Contact: 03 9820 1081 South Melbourne’s newest addition to the brunch rotation is a massive, 110-seater space with a killer menu and round the clock fresh pastries. It’s one of those places that, despite only opening a month ago, is already a hub of activity and still somewhere that is intimate enough to encourage visitors to sit for a while and enjoy the surroundings. Owner Kevin Li (who also brought us Lights in the Attic) and manager James Julian have designed the space to be somewhere that visitors can lounge and relax, without the pressure of being pushed out. That means light-filled spaces with wooden features and pot plants throughout, and service that focuses on making patrons feel like they’re at home.
Bibelot Location: 287 Coventry St, South Melbourne Contact: 03 9690 2688 Those familiar with the sweet, decadent morsels streaming out of Chez Dré will no doubt recognise the style and artistry here. Dividing their cafe and dessert businesses, Bibelot stands proudly with vast glass frontage onto Coventry street. Bibelot offers a great selection of cakes, chocolates, biscuits, slices and a full gelateria. Sampling from the 6 flavours available, the ice cream was particularly noteworthy with the flavours delicately balanced like the best from Smith or Lygon Street while the hardening dark chocolate topping added some texture to the satin folds of cream and chocolate. The Pistachio was very pleasing, which after many years of searching, is the first to actually taste of pistachio nuts, and not anything else. It’s a classic, but you must try it. The cakes and desserts were as exemplary as ever and well worth taking home or enjoying surrounded by the clean smooth decor. Bibelot is deserving of planning a trip around. The presentation and mouth watering looks were equally impressive here so what could be said is better to be shown. Scroll down if you dare!
The Food Society attended the launch as a guest of Bibelot.
The Kettle Black Location: 50 Albert Rd, South Melbourne, VIC 3205 Contact: 03 9088 0721 The Kettle Black, along with its hip sister, Top Paddock, have quickly become some of Melbourne’s best known institutions. Beautifully decked out in an almost clinical white, the panoramic St Andrews entrance is polished inside out – expect brunches to be an elegant affair, sprawled over pretty benches and the most spectacular plates.
T and I were lucky enough to sample some of the wares available at the up and coming Mussel festival. Variously but expertly prepared dishes revolving around the fabled delicacy were all sampled. Some were sampled twice!
Bourbon Street Order at: http://bourbonstreet.com.au/ Tough day at work? Got them Southern food cravings? Bourbon Street’s lunch delivery service is up and running, and boy do these kids deliver. The menu is short and sweet, with slow-cooked sandwiches and bowls done well, and a few quirky sides (melt-in-your-mouth kale chips and candied walnuts, anyone?). The ordering process itself is no fuss: order online, and your meal will be on wheels in no time. Heck, they even send you a lovely SMS update to tell your when your feed is almost at its destination. Can’t get any more convenient than that.
Max Brenner Chocolate Bar Various Locations The Max Brenner chain is now invading Melbourne, but the offering is reliable and a go to for a late night chocolate fix. The coconut hot chocolate and the milk hot chocolate with waffle balls are definitely my favourites here – the coconut flavour is so intense and smooth, and the waffle balls melt in your mouth. Chocolate heaven for all you chocolate lovers out there looking for a bit of a twist.
In the middle of a rather desolate, dimly-lit street lies a surprisingly chirpy (and incredibly busy) Taiwanese restaurant called Peko Peko.
Chez Dre offers divine coffee, an array of beautifully rich, spectacularly-presented petits gateaux and line-up of large, colourful macarons boasting flavours like green tea, rose-raspberry, salted caramel and tonka-orange.