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Port Fairy (Part 2): Clonmara Tearooms

Clonmara Tearoom is located in the Clonmara Cottages in Port Fairy. The English style tearoom has large selection of teas, classic English lunches, scones with jam and cream and a number of desserts. We didn’t get a chance to try the scones while we were here, but based on the quality of the desserts we’d say that the scones would be pretty good too. The savoury food wasn’t anything special but the apple pie was a clear favourite.

clonmara tearoom

chai, sencha and black teas

Chai latte, ‘Japanese Evening Mist’ sencha, ‘Lime Sencha’ and ‘Monk Pear’ black tea ($4 each)

The chai late wasn’t bad, but we’d recommend ordering a tea instead because they have a lot of flavours that you don’t normally see in your average cafe. The Japanese Evening Mist sencha had a delicate sweet flavour, whereas the ‘Monk Pear’ black tea had a more bold bergamot taste. The Lime Sencha was perfect to balance the sweetness of the desserts we ordered. Continue reading

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Le Petit Gâteau

Le Petit Gâteau is a small pâtisserie that is mostly visited for its delicious cakes, though it does offer a small selection of pastries and savoury items as well. Since the seating area is very small it can be hard to get a table during the busier hours, but they have cute little takeaway boxes which make it easy to take the cakes home intact. The small cakes are priced at $9.30.

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Gânache Chocolate

A couple of weeks ago we were looking for somewhere to eat dessert and we found ourselves in the Gânache Chocolate lounge on Collins St. Gânache has an assortment of sweet things on their menu, including cake, macarons, drinks… and of course, chocolate! We ended up getting all four of these things for a bit of variety.

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chocolates

Gânache chocolates, $2 each.

The chocolates we tried at Gânache included a milk chocolate snowman filled with ganache, a salted caramel dome and a milk chocolate coated paillete feuilletine with hazelnut praline. The paillete feuilletine was the best one, with a delicious hazelnut flavour and a delicate crunchiness. The other two chocolates were good, but nothing special. Continue reading

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Chokolait (Emporium store)

Long time fans of Chokolait would have frequented the original store when it was known as “The Chokolait Hub” and was managed by both Ross and his wife. The business has now expanded to a second store in Emporium, but both stores are still run by the original owners, which means that Chokolait hasn’t lost it’s friendly vibe.

Chokolait has amazing hot chocolates – arguably some of the best hot chocolates in Melbourne – so it’s easy to forget that there are many other options on their menu. During our last visit to Chokolait we used a voucher for a tasting plate, so we had the opportunity to try a few of their desserts and iced drinks.

tasting plate

Chokolait Tasting Plate for Two

Our Groupon voucher included the tasting plate and drinks for two, plus a gift box of nine chocolate truffles, for $29. We ordered two extra drinks and shared the tasting plate between four, which worked well because we were all still full from lunch.

chocolate mousse

Chokolait mousse with double cream and a cherry

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Chez Dré – brunch and cakes

Ahh Chez Dre. Such beautiful and delicious cakes. It really is worth taking a quick trip to South Melbourne just to get one of their cute petits gateaux, and their macarons are decent (though they are a bit pricey at $3 each). Unfortunately our brunch experience was a bit disappointing… the waitress forgot to put our orders through, so we ended up waiting 40 minutes for our food. She later apologised and gave us a free macaron each, which we really appreciated. However we think that maybe Chez Dre needs more staff for those really busy mornings, to avoid these kinds of mistakes. On the day we visited, they were so full that there was a whole waiting list of customers who wanted tables.

macarons

Rose-raspberry and green tea-kalamanzi macarons ($3 each)

The complimentary macarons both had really nice flavours. The green tea one had a good soft texture, but the raspberry was a bit hard and chewy. They looked quite big, but the shells had big air bubbles inside them.

ratatouille

Ratatouille with baked eggs, quinoa dukkah, toasted baguette and pepe saya butter (weekly special, $18.50)

Wendy ~ I expected the ratatouille to be like other baked egg dishes where the egg is baked into the tomato. When it finally arrived, I thought it wasn’t baked eggs at all Continue reading

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Cake Bake and Sweets Show ’14

Today we visited the Cake Bake and Sweet Show! It’s here in Melbourne’s Convention and Exhibition Centre for only three days (October 3-5) so if you haven’t been yet, tomorrow is your last chance! The show has clearly been popular this year; we arrived at 10:15 a.m. and there was already a huge queue to get in, going all the way to the other end of the building. The queue was still long when we left the show… 2 hours later.

queues

Much queue.

Once inside the exhibition hall, we were surrounded by food stalls from all the usual suspects (LuxBite, Adriano Zumbo, N2 Gelato, Gânache etc.) as well as many other stored we hadn’t heard of before. Stalls were selling everything from ice cream to fudge, lollies and macarons; everything sweet. There were beautiful cakes, macaron towers, a chocolate cake sofa and a display of giant chocolate flowers!!

chocolate flowers

The worlds largest chocolate bouquet! – Savour Chocolate and Patisserie School

macaron towers

Macaron towers: Cacao (left) and Chocolette (right)

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More of North Melbourne: Brunch at Twenty & Six Espresso, then cake at Beatrix

Twenty & Six Espresso

20&6 decor

We visited this cafe in North Melbourne on Tuesday around lunch time. It seemed quiet because we had the front seating area all to ourselves, but this was because most of the customers had chosen to sit at the back. Twenty & Six’s menu is updated seasonally, and we were presented with the new Spring menu.

smoothie

Smoothie special with banana, passionfruit and more ($7)

Ani: This was a fresh tasting smoothie; it was not overly sweet and had a smooth texture Continue reading