Recently while I was in Melbourne, I had the opportunity to meet up with my friend AK for lunch and a couple of my work mates joined us. I had not been to Chez Dre before but having heard about it I obviously did some research on the web. What perked my interest were the cakes and macarons!
It was a lovely cafe tucked away in a quiet lane off Clarendon Street. And as it was a lovely sunny afternoon we sat outside basking in the sunny warmth. I love that it had an al fresco area.
We had the following:
Croque Monsieur - smoked ham, emmental cheese grilled sandwich with bechamel sauce. MC said it was lovely!
Braised mushroom ragu - Swiss, field and button mushrooms served on a bed of soft Parmesan polenta, poached egg and a drizzle of truffle oil. Gee it looked good and AK said it was delicious!
Poached chicken baguette - with mayonnaise, seeded mustard, rocket and celery. DD said it had a nice flavour and was not unhappy with it.
Duck Sandwich - confit pulled duck, onion jam, red cabbage, grated apple, and truffle mayonnaise. This was my dish and boy was it a large serving! I couldn't get over how big the sandwich was. I liked that it was a different type of sandwich and the duck meat was tender and the onion jam did lift the flavours. Believe it or not, I actually finished the sandwich. :)
I was determined to try out one of their pretty looking cakes. How could I not? I even managed to convince my lunch companions to have something sweet too and they ordered the Rose - Raspberry macaron each. They looked pretty in pink!
I had to have the Green Tea, Kalamanzi, and Muscovado Sugar petite cake. It looked absolutely beautiful, too lovely to break into and destroy. But I did it anyway! :) It was a lovely mousse like cake with some gorgeously tempered chocolate. I definitely did not feel like a glutton eating this lovely light cake!
And the coffee here was pretty good too!
I really liked Chez Dre. Lovely atmosphere, good food and good pastries and cakes! What more would you want?
285-287 Coventry Street
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