Chez Dre, South Melbourne
One of our favourite coffee hubs for the office is only a unsteady cobblestone path away. As well as fantastic coffee, there’s a delectable array of bakery and patisserie items, with a particular strength in bread. Bibelot is next door for your dessert fix. I’m told weekends this place goes off but on a normal weekday it’s at an acceptable level of buzz-iness. The coffee was as good as I’ve had, although the chai doesn’t seem to be the fancy filter type that I used to rave for.
Due to the close proximity and high level of food quality, I’ve been here more times than I have fingers, the most recent trip trialling the confit duck burger for the first time. The burger was delightful and full of delight with the duck and fennel making for a modern and clever collection of flavour profiles. I did find a bone which I could have done without, but guess it’s a sign it was real meat. The salad was unnecessary.
On another journey, I was of a more brunch-orientated mind and went for the eggs and soldiers. I think I remembered I wasn’t a huge fan of gruyere but it was all delivered to standard. Perhaps not the most filling dish. But it’s pretty. And the radish salad was good. The sandwich options are standard sounding but highlight the quality of the homemade bread and filings. The patisserie items are all excellent and I rather enjoy getting the ham and cheese croissant and pain au chocolat from time to time.
Pro tip: aim for a weekday