HOT: L’atelier de Monsieur Truffe, 351 Lygon St, East Brunswick

Three words to cheer up your Monday.

New. Chocolate. Shop!

Collingwood favourite Monsieur Truffe has opened bigger and brighter establishment in Brunswick East and it has all of the charm of the original plus more.

Thibault Fregoni, the ‘mister’ of Monsieur Truffe, has set up his own old-fashioned cocoa bean roaster and bean press, which means that he will be making his own chocolate. The machinery takes a good chunk of the exposed brick room (you can draw up a seat by the glass and watch the process at work) and there are plans to offer tours at a later stage.

For the moment though, look out for the come-hither lipstick red door which opens out into the bustling cafe. There’s indoor, undercover pram/bike parking at the entrance (yeah!), wooden communal tables prettily adorned with cherry blossom branches and depending on what time you go, a bit of a wait list. Don’t worry though, the warm aromas of chocolate will keep you company.

Of course, the thing to order is one of their wonderful hot chocolates. You can choose between 69, 70, 74 and 85% cocoa (ranging from $4.80 to $5.20), with 70% being the house blend and the most popular mix. I went for the 74% Santo Domingo (was too timid to try the 85% African blend – next time) and it had definitely had a more intense, savoury note than the 70%. All the hot chocolates are served in gorgeous Japanese ceramic hug mugs and carved wooden spoons for licking the chocolate that’s coated on the very bottom.

There is a short savoury and sweet all-day menu with a French influence (with some interesting options for little tummies and fingers). I ordered the field mushroom brochette ($16)- sort of a miniature mushroom burger with olive tapenade, braised cos, melted scarmoza bianca cheese and all speared with a sprig of rosemary. I’m stealing that idea for my next sandwich!

RM devoured his French toast in record time, probably so I wouldn’t get to it first. This wasn’t just eggy bread but an unusual combination of baby apple sous vide, bacon foam and mandarin syrup ($14).

On your way out you can pick up a bar or bag of chocolate or continue your indulgent French experience with some of the cakes and pastries displayed in the glass cabinet. My recommendation is the wonderfully rich and moist flourless chocolate cake and the best pastry (yes it’s true) in Melbourne – the buttery, flaky, chocolatey delicieux.

L’atelier de Monsieur Truffe, 351 Lygon St, East Brunswick, +61 3 93804915
Tuesday to Friday 8am till 4pm
Saturday 8:30am till 4pm
Sunday 9am till 4pm

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5 thoughts on “HOT: L’atelier de Monsieur Truffe, 351 Lygon St, East Brunswick

  1. This types of food are good reason enough for me to wake up and eat. I’m a sucker for hot chocolate and I would definitely go for that 85% cocoa thing. I like things that come off too strong (hate black coffee, though!) and with those cute Japanese mugs? Oh I want one! Do they like give or sell those mugs, I would want to own one if I decide to have some hot cocoa for myself, haha!

  2. So proud this place is French!

    I’m a French guy arrived in Melbourne few months ago and I heard about this cafe by a friend who told me that the owner was French. And I loved it! The place is really different of what you can see somewhere else in Melbourne. What I mean is that there is a lot of room, the ambiance is really pleasant and the drinks and food are really good. I can tell you this because I’ve been there several times now to make it discover to my friends and housemates. The “specials” are delightful, especially the truffled eggs. In addition, I’m really demanding with coffee and hot chocolate and seriously, it is much much better that the average you can find around Melbourne. To finish, there is a retail shop to buy delicious and high quality chocolate bars, jams or hazelnut specialities once you’ve finish you meal. For Valentine’s Day, I wanted to offer really good chocolates to my girlfriend but I wasn’t sure which blends she will prefer so a person of the staff advised me to buy the samples of chocolate bars with different percentages of blend, white, milk and dark chocolates. She loved them, all of them!

    So to sum up, I feel really good there because of all of what I said before and of the fact that I feel a little bit at home in this unique astmosphere created by the presence of the staff partially French. It is just a shame that this place is so hard to find because hidden behind a red door without almost any sign indicating that it is a cafe. But once you found it, you can only love it!

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