Chez Dre

May 8, 2011 at 3:15 pm (Bakery, Breakfast/Brunch, Coffee, Dessert, French, South Melbourne, Victoria)

There’s a new player in South Melbourne  and I think they’re here to stay ^^

On my way to the market a week or so ago, I noticed a shiny new sign at the corner of a narrow alleyway off Coventry St.   Interest sufficiently piqued by the words ‘bakery’ and ‘patisserie’, I was pleasantly surprised to find the newly-established Chez Dre, a stylish, French café, nestled at the end of the cobbled lane.

The eponymous ‘Dre’ is Andrea Reiss, a pastry chef from Melbourne who worked at Jacques Reymond’s Federation Square restaurant, followed by The Lanesborough, London, from which she was head-hunted to work in one of Paris’ 3 Michelin star rated restaurants.  Having experienced the Paris scene, she returned to Melbourne and took over an abandoned South Melbourne warehouse, transforming it into a chic bakery/patisserie/café.

Francophiles especially will love Chez Dre’s art deco look- a mix of metal, marble, wooden and green leather furniture that just somehow looks fantastic together.  Definitely go for a table further into the café, from where you can catch all the action in the kitchen, or sit outside in the garden (weather permitting).

Along with shelves and baskets loaded with fresh baguettes, croissants and other baked goods, there’s an expansive display of spectacular dessert items, including tarts, éclairs, mousses and, of course, macarons.  In the end, I decided to go with a chocolate tart.

The following description will most definitely fail to do justice to how awesome this tart was.   It had a crunchy, perfectly evenly-cooked tart shell, filled with a peanut-brittle-studded chocolate mousse.  On top of this mousse was a layer of chocolate cream, enveloped in  glossy chocolate ganache, all topped of by a thin peanut brittle wafer.  By far the best chocolate dessert since Zumbo’s salted chocolate cake (and I specify chocolate just because Oneills’ banana-maple pudding is to die for :P).

Coffee was good too; full bodied and velvety, roasted by The Maling Room.

Will definitely be back for Chez Dre’s breakfast platter and macarons.  J’attends ma prochaine visite avec impatience!

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5 Comments

  1. One Month On… « Chez Dré said,

    […] Name Max (one of our regulars along with Hidden Secret Tours), food enthusiast My Aching Head, Egg Tarts & Apple Pie (who deconstructed our chocolate tart – love it!), Foodie About Town, a write-up by Nina […]

  2. One Month On… | Chez Dre said,

    […] Name Max (one of our regulars along with Hidden Secret Tours), food enthusiast My Aching Head, Egg Tarts & Apple Pie (who deconstructed our chocolate tart – love it!), Foodie About Town,a write-up by Nina Rousseau […]

  3. “Egg tarts and apple pie” noticed our sign and ventured in | Chez Dre said,

    […] Dré loves it when someone says that the saw our sign and ventured in, egg tarts and apple pie did just […]

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    […] Dré has only been open for three months and yet, clearly word has spread, here and here and here. I walked past tables with what looked like yummy food, but I had a mission… the […]

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    […] Name Max (one of our regulars along with Hidden Secret Tours), food enthusiast My Aching Head, Egg Tarts & Apple Pie (who deconstructed our chocolate tart – love it!), Foodie About […]

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