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Chez Jean-Claude Patisserie Leederville - 17 Oct 2014

Jean Claude Patisserie

I love visiting patisseries to enjoy fine French pastries. I found the chocolate eclair to be a little substandard to the type of eclair I was expecting in terms of the choux pastry. It appeared to contain chocolate mousse which was delicious though, as opposed to a chocolate custard. The millefeuille contained a lovely custard cream filling but the pastry layers were far too crunchy. I’ve never eaten escargot and this was quite enjoyable. I think the best pastry item of the lot was the chocolate ganache slice. It contained a lovely moist sponge which the perfect balance, not too sweet or not too chocolatey. Instead, the intensity was provided by the dark chocolate layer and the high quality chocolate dusting. I’ve visited several patisseries and while this one offered a range of items, I didn’t think it delivered on what French pastries can really offer. . . . → Read More: Chez Jean-Claude Patisserie Leederville – 17 Oct 2014

Maple Crepes Cafe - 11 Oct 2014

Maple Crepes Cafe - Nutella Supreme

I walked in and a look at the menu before settling on the Nutella Supreme $7.80 – Nutella, banana, strawberry, roasted almonds, oreos, peanut butter. After a reasonable wait the crepe was served. It looked really delicious! The crepe is quite a large size and well packed full of ingredients. The crepe itself is a little overdone, slightly crunchy, firm, leathery in some spots, and yet for the most part, it’s reasonably soft. I would have preferred my crepe to be cooked a little less. Having said that, each mouthful was delicious. The crepe’s filling contains lots of thinly sliced banana and strawberry pieces that are lovely and soft and warmed through. There’s a nice mix of nutella, adding just that touch of chocolate and sweetness, a bit more chocolate intensity from the crushed oreos, a bit of crunch from the flaked almonds, and a bit of gooeyness from the peanut butter. It’s a feel good dessert, big on the yum factor, big on comfort food. You leave with a smile and a full stomach. . . . → Read More: Maple Crepes Cafe – 11 Oct 2014

La Veen Coffee & Kitchen - 9 Oct 2014

La Veen Coffee Kitchen - Chicken Poppers

After enjoying a delicious breakfast on a previous visit, I popped by for lunch. I ordered chicken poppers and was shocked at the meal served, as it wouldn’t look out of place at a fine dining restaurant, but is not what you would expect to see from a cafe. The dish is beautifully presented but looks in between an entree and a main. I was quite hungry so I would have liked a bulked out version for a higher price tag, but for $14 the serving size is adequate. The chicken is surrounded by a firm crunchy crumb encasing the well cooked chicken. The chicken is separated and balanced by vegetables providing a bit of variety, acidity, and with the creamy mayo, a touch of richness. A spattering of potato crisps provide some crunch. It’s a pretty tasty meal that was demolished in no time so I grabbed some sushi later on to quell my hunger. . . . → Read More: La Veen Coffee & Kitchen – 9 Oct 2014

La Veen Coffee & Kitchen - 26 Aug 2014

La Veen Coffee & Kitchen - Very Berry Waffle

There are many coffee shops and cafes about Perth, but La Veen has a different feel, friendly staff, and a breakfast menu boasting different options. Not being a fan of eggs, I was happy to see that the breakfast menu wasn’t the usual eggs, eggs, eggs but carried other dishes which are completely different, like bagels, shakshuka, and rosti. The latter are from different cultures and it’s great to see this diversity reflected in menus as it’s very rare. For me, while I went with waffles, the presence of cream cheese was very unusual and piqued my interest. Along with a dash of honey, I was wondering what an unusual combination of ingredients to go with a waffle. However, the chefs have done a brilliant job of creating something unique. The tartness of berries, the light berry cream, the slight richness of the cream cheese, and a touch of sweetness from the honey makes this a dish that works wonders. All elements work together in creating a different take on the usual waffle, no one element dominates and I thoroughly enjoyed it along with the refreshing celery, carrot, ginger & apple juice. . . . → Read More: La Veen Coffee & Kitchen – 26 Aug 2014

Dolcetto Patisserie & Cafe - 7 June 2014

Dolcetto Patisserie & Cafe - Selection

I’m a real fan of patisseries and this Italian patisserie serves up a variety of pastry items, including wedding cakes and other made to order cakes, plus the cafe which serves breakfast and lunch. I really loved the cannoli, delicious soft firm and at times crisp pastry surrounding the filling. The Italian custard was delicious but I liked the chocolate custard even better. The tiramisu slice carried lovely flavours of a tiramisu but was a little dry but still tasty. The delicious coffee eclair had a hint of coffee flavour in the custard filling but was a little too sweet for my liking. I didn’t really like the almond biscuit varieties which aren’t to my tastes but the baci biscuit was good. Thank goodness for patisseries and the lovely goods they offer. . . . → Read More: Dolcetto Patisserie & Cafe – 7 June 2014

Theobroma Chocolate Lounge - 23 May 2014

Theobroma Chocolate Lounge - Waffles With Ice Cream

Second time visit to Theobroma Chocolate Lounge, but this time for the food. I ordered waffles with ice cream and also a hot chocolate for breakfast. The waffles were delicious, contained ample delicious thick melted chocolate, and was topped off with the scoops of vanilla ice cream. I certainly brought a little bit of food envy around the table and it tasted as good as it looked. Very indulgent. I also had a hot chocolate made with milk chocolate and it was delicious. Not too milky or too chocolatey, just right. A great start to the day at Theobroma. . . . → Read More: Theobroma Chocolate Lounge – 23 May 2014

NSW, Sydney - Lindt Café

Lindt Café - Waffles

If you need something delectable and just want to treat or indulge yourself, then a visit to the Lindt Café is a must. I ordered a waffle for breakfast. It’s pretty good but not the best but the Lindt flavoured vanilla ice cream and the thick rich Lindt chocolate sauce are the elements which make it indulgent. The maccarons were tasty but I didn’t care that much for the chocolate hazelnut gateau. I’m not sure what the hot chocolate would be like but this is a place you can buy just about everything. . . . → Read More: NSW, Sydney – Lindt Café

VIC, Melbourne - La Parisienne Pâtés

La Parisienne Pates - Rabbit Pie & Chocolate Eclair

A place like this deli / café epitomises Melbourne. A place selling lovely produce, delicious food, excellent friendly service. This isn’t a full blown café with a menu. It’s more a deli selling cured meats and all things French, like French pastries, tarts, and quiches. Yet for the pastry items, you can dine in and have them warmed up. You just don’t get the warmed up item like the rabbit pie I ordered, but the food is served on a plate, with cutlery and a serviette, and also with beetroot relish which went perfectly with the delicious rabbit pie. Likewise, same treatment with the chocolate éclair, it also came with a dollop of Chantilly cream which is definitely needed. A glass and bottle of water are provided along with excellent friendly service. You get a lot more than just the items you’re ordering. The items I ordered were perfectly paired with the extras I wasn’t expecting which made the food far more enjoyable. . . . → Read More: VIC, Melbourne – La Parisienne Pâtés

VIC, Melbourne CBD - Cumulus

Cumulus Inc - Smoked Salmon, Sorrell, Dill & Grapefruit Juice

Unfortunately a changed menu left me with little choice to the dish I really wanted. That said, there’s lots of choice on the menu, it’s just that since I don’t like eggs, there wasn’t an item on the menu that I really wanted. I chose the smoked salmon on toast and received a decent amount of smoked salmon which isn’t cheap. With a lovely horseradish, some greens and dill on top of a lovely thick piece of toast, it was a good meal. I liked the fresh grapefruit juice but thought the $27 bill was rather steep (I realise there’s probably a surcharge for the ANZAC Day holiday). Obviously a highly popular place. . . . → Read More: VIC, Melbourne – Cumulus

New Zealand, Wellington - Olive Cafe

Olive Cafe – Buttermilk Pancakes

A lovely little café with a nice cosy feel. The café also opens for dinner. I had the buttermilk pancakes which were fluffy and had a lovely crunchy exterior which turned them into something amazing. Dipped with a bit of maple syrup, some candied figs for a little more sweetness, and fresh charred figs to counteract the sweetness and it made a fantastic start to the day. . . . → Read More: New Zealand, Wellington – Olive Cafe