Noisette is reknowned for its French-style cakes and pastries and no doubt you would have eaten its products at many of Melbourne’s restaurants and cafes (such as Coin Laundry and Hausfrau).

Their cafe and retail store is located in villagey Bay Street and attracts a steady clientele of pastry fanciers and coffee drinkers. By the time I’d arrived at 3pm all the sandwiches had sold out but I was in the mood for something sweet anyway – and the cake cabinet is a delight to behold. If the setup is reminiscent of Laurent Patiserrie, it may be because chef/owner David Menard was head baker for the French pastry chain for many years.

In the end I decided on a dome of dark chocolate mousse ($6.50). It was beautifully cool and rich, large enough a dessert to be shared (but why would you?).

Encouraged, I took home a cherry danish and chocolate almond croissant for dinner (yes, occasionally I do eat pastries for dinner! Please don’t judge me :–)). Unfortunately while they looked light and flaky they did not live up to the high standards of my dessert as they were both a bit chewy and dense for my liking.  I much prefer the versions by La Tropezienne in Hawthorn (who incidentally also make superb macarons).

To read other reviews, check out Beansprout’s Cafe and The Age.

  • Noisette, 84 Bay Street, Port Melbourne +61 3 9646 9555

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