Saturday, April 28, 2012

Melbourne Through Fresh Eyes #3

The South Melbourne Experience - Brunch at Dead Man Espresso, followed by Dessert at Chez Dre = BLISS

Meal #1: Brunch @ Dead Man Espresso

Deadman's was the setting of probably one of my first few brunch experiences in Melbourne a good 4+ years back. I love the setup of the place, and the outdoor dining area at the front of the cafe with the high stools and wooden counters facing the street.

To be completely honest, the dish I had ordered (pork sausage et al) didn't really stand out for me - it was good, but was just missing something (I'm not entirely sure what). Having said that, the grilled bread was amazing. I love bread, and I love grilled food. Thus naturally, I loved the grilled bread. (There's some simple mathematical logic for you!) And the heirloom tomatoes were very yummy. I think the let down for me was the pork sausage that could have been a bit more exciting in terms of flavour..

JWT had the pork belly BLT which is apparently always superly duperly finger-lickingly, lip-smackingly good. And the gazpacho is apparently equally tasty. I trust his verdict - we have similar standards when it comes to food :)

My sister had the herbed rosti - she seemed pretty content with it, so I think it's safe to say that it was probably pretty good, but not mind-blowing. Too harsh?

Apparently the coffee here is amazing, but I wouldn't know - I had the chai tea :D JWT had a glass of "Magic" that was apparently quite magical..

Herbed rosti with poached egg, avocado and bacon

Pork belly BLT with gazpacho

Pork sausage, tomato, basil and poached egg on grilled bread
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Meal #2: Dessert @ Chez Dre

After our delightful brunch experience, we strolled down to Chez Dre. (I love how the two places were close enough to permit us to literally "stroll down" from one to the other).

I absolutely love looking at the desserts on display at Chez Dre. They really do make them very pretty, and display them very well.

Sooooo many desserts, soooo little space in my tummy!

Eye candy - pun intended

I also love the fact that it's a converted warehouse, and has an outdoor garden-style dining area.

The interior of Chez Dre

The gorgeous outdoor dining area at Chez Dre

My sister and I shared the salted caramel eclair and the jasmine tea crème. Both were truly amazing. I'd heard pretty good reviews about the desserts here, but never allowed myself to form any expectations until I had a chance to sample some of them for myself. And boy was I impressed!

Everything about each dessert was perfect - from the presentation, to the textures, to the flavour combinations. *Sigh*. I was in dessert heaven. The salted caramel eclairs were salty, sweet, soft, crunchy and gooey all in one! It had walnuts in it. Yum. The jasmine tea crème was a fondant-shaped chocolate mousse structure with a jasmine tea flavoured cream centre. Who would have thought that jasmine tea and chocolate would go so well together. My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

All in all, I would highly recommend Chez Dre if you are looking for a place to have amazing dessert, in an equally amazing setting.

Chez Dré on Urbanspoon

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