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).
- Noisette, 84 Bay Street, Port Melbourne +61 3 9646 9555