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Roule Galette

A circumstance would have it, when the craving for a lazy Sunday brunch set in, I was lucky enough to be in the city. I wasn’t about the pass up on an opportunity to indulge myself silly, so a decision was made (by me) to head to Roule Galette and feast on galettes and crepes.

I’d walked past this establishment many times, yet never ventured in, even though the dulcet tones of the french singers over the sound system in this small little cafe called to me. I couldn’t help but notice the interesting artwork, obviously produced by someone affiliated with the cafe, and whoever designed their logo certainly had a sense of humour.

Roule Galette

Roule Galette

Who could resist a seductively posed cartoon crepe/galette after all. Indeed, the same could be asked of the extensive range of galettes (thin buckwheat savoury pancakes) and crepes they make to order. After drinking our surprisingly good coffees (they didn’t advertise who their suppliers were), we hungrily dug into our galettes.

I’d ordered the Forestière, filled with béchamel (French white sauce) with bacon, mushroom and cheese.

Forestière Galette

You can’t see much here, but after carefully opening the envelope-like parcel…

Forestière

…the galette was gloriously revealed in its entirety. Amazing! So creamy and rich, without being too salty, the bacon added a nice texture while the galette held the whole dish together. Satisfying, I was definitely happy with this dish.

M chose the somewhat more ‘breakfast-like’ Complète with an egg, ham, shredded cheese and butter.

Complète Galette

I found it less interesting than mine, but it was good nevertheless. I’d mentioned before that I fully intended to indulge myself silly, so we each ordered a sweet crepe in addition to the galettes.

One glance at the picture of the Anne-So, with chocolate, ice cream and flaked almonds, on the menu and my decision was made.

Anne-So Crepe

Rich and decadent, I’m not sure you could ever go wrong with this combination. The crepe was thin, yet perfectly suited to soaking up the dripping ice-cream. M decided to one-up me, and ordered the Gourmande with ice cream, fresh banana, chocolate, strawberry and flaked almonds.

Gourmande Crepe

This massive dessert was definitely something to behold. Somehow he finished his crepe before I did, but maybe that’s testament to how good it was.

Both of us left Roule Galette feeling very satisfied and cheery, with bellies filled with good food that cost surprisingly little. Fast service and good food at a reasonable price definitely make this a great cafe to indulge in a delicious crepes, galettes and coffee, and for imagining that you’re in a tiny, cosy cafe in Bretagne, France perhaps.

Roule Galette
Scott Alley, 241 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Mon-Thu 730am-8pm, Fri 730am-930pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm

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Mini-Review: Syracuse

As a bit of a somewhat haphazardly organised date-night, the boy and I went to dimly lit, and invitingly warm restaurant Syracuse for some late dessert. By any reasonable standard, our 10pm arrival meant that we would be too late for dinner service, yet the sommelier (and I guess part-time waiter on quiet nights) was helpful and friendly and surprisingly, offered us the full menu. While everything looked mouthwatering-ly delicious – so much so that I was kicking myself hard for giving up an opportunity to dine at this restaurant on a previous occasion, we eventually settled on a dessert each, paired with matching wines.

Chocolate Mousse

I had a tiny taste of the mousse and it was pretty darn good. Smooth, light and chocolaty, it’s what a high-quality mousse should be. Certainly, it’s as good as any that I’ve had from the many chocolate lounges dotted around the city, and perhaps more so as it’s not overpoweringly sweet. You (might) not even feel guilty eating it!

You’d probably feel very guilty eating what I order, but I have no regrets – it was definitely worth it.

Creme Brule (with matching wines)

I absolutely love cracking the caramelised topping. Perhaps too much so, I must have looked like a kid to anyone watching. And underneath the topping? Creamy decadence. I haven’t had as much experience with this dessert as much as say, cakes or chocolate mousse, but it might take me a while to find a creme brule that can top this. Other desserts? That’s a completely different story.

As for the wines, with a wine-list as extensive as the one at Syracuse (the website has the wine-list as ‘undefined’ when it first tries to load, with is amusingly apt), it was a little too overwhelming to choose the wines ourselves. My wine knowledge is disgracefully pitiful. Thankfully, the sommelier was extremely helpful and obviously highly knowledgeable, and I can say that the wines balanced out the sweet dishes superbly. Pity the fancy names and descriptions flew over my head but no matter, I should have a chance to peruse the list another time and will be sure to pay a little more attention when I get around to doing a full review.

I hope Syracuse does food as well as they do desserts and wines. The breakfast menu looked particularly appetising…

Syracuse
23 Bank Pl, Melbourne
Mon-Fri 730am-late, Sat 6pm-late

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1101 Sweet One (Closed)

1101 Sweet One

In the place of an ex-hairdressers on Elizabeth St, a small dessert place/function space seems to have popped up. Almost perpetually quiet, I wandered in with a friend after a particularly filling dinner at Oriental Spoon. During the day, they have baked goods on display in the front window, but I suppose they all disappear sometime during the afternoon. My first impression of the place were not great seeing as I was almost certain they were closed, but thankfully they weren’t and happy enough to indulge our dessert cravings.

I was quite impressed with the interior decorations however, from the quaint tables, to the lucky cats that filled every corner of the room, to the Asian magazines and boardgames dotted about.

1101 Sweet One

1101 Sweet One

Adorable Cats

Their signature dish is the ‘1101’ which is pretty much a milk based (rice-milk I think, but I wasn’t too sure) dessert with your choice of starches (sweet potato, glutinous black rice, sago, jellies etc) and toppings (fruit, seasame seeds etc). Being highly customisable, the variety is fairly extensive.

Fruit with Sago

Herbal Jelly with Sweet Potato and Seasame Seeds

I quite like the new spin on dessert. My preference of late has been for light, not overly sweet dishes with the desire usually fulfilled with frozen yogurt. This however, is an acceptable alternative. I just hope that the place doesn’t close down due to lack of business.

Quite unhelpfully for most people though, their website and Facebook page is completely in Chinese. It’s not rocket-surgery figuring out the menu though, so it’s not that big of an issue.

1101 Sweet One
419, Elizabeth St, Melbourne
Mon-Sun 2pm-10pm

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