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Creperie le Triskel

Arrogantly French. That’s their tagline, but they’ve only got half of that right.

Of course, a truly arrogant cafe would not survive in Melbourne, so by elimination, they must therefore be quite french. Indeed, their decor, and their staff, would never suggest otherwise. Spread upon every available surface are posters, and maps, and signs proclaiming their ‘Frenchness’.

Creperie le Triskel

Creperie le Triskel

See? Mind you, I’m not game enough to order in French. A trip to Paris years ago was proof enough that my English would be better understood than my French over there. Thankfully, the menus are 99% in English. With a selection of both sweet crepes, and savoury crepes (made with buckwheat flour and called ‘Galettes’) it was a decision based on mood. Seeing as I couldn’t actually decide what was suitable breakfast fare, I ended up ordering a galette, with a sweet crepe to share.

With egg, Swiss Gruyere cheese, mushrooms and spinach, I’m fairly sure this dish can be safely classified as breakfast.

Egg, Swiss Gruyere Cheese, Mushroom and Spinach Galette

A neat little parcel that looked even more tempting when it was opened up.

Tasty! Light yet filling, I’m likely to choose a galette base over your standard toast any day. Pity the ones I make at home are nowhere near as well done, with more stuck to the pan than on my plate. Someday I’ll learn how to make the perfect crepe, but in the meantime, there’s this little cafe.

My friend ordered a more substantial meal; a ham and cheese galette complete with toast, a poached egg, spinach, and tomato relish.

I might have forgotten what this dish was called (bad blogger!) but it sure did smell and look good. I’m betting it would have tasted good too.

After fulfilling out breakfast obligations, it was of course, straight on to breakfast-dessert. An amazingly thin, simple crepe with fresh strawberries, bananas and lemon juice was all that was required.

Strawberry, Banana and Lemon Crepe

They have an extensive selection of dessert crepes to satisfy the times when something sweeter is required, with ingredients such as chocolate, marmalade and jams, ice-cream and whipped cream. Nothing overly fancy, but all decisively tempting.

Their display at the counter was also maddeningly tempting…

Croissant aux Chocolat

Must. Resist.

Not that you should of course, in fact, you should get down to this creperie quick-smart.

Creperie le Triskel
32 Hardware Lane, Melbourne
Tue-Sat Breakfast & Lunch

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Adriano Zumbo Cafe (NSW)

Adriano Zumbo Cafe

Ta da! It’s not really hard to guess where we were on a sunny Spring day in Sydney based on the picture above. I was absolutely adamant that a trip to Adriano Zumbo Cafe was made on the recent trip to Sydney after watching his DVD. Strange as it may be, I’ve barely watched any MasterChef, and indeed have only heard about his macaron cakes and crazy leaning towers. No matter though, I’d rather taste the product than watch it on television.

As is the trouble with any event that you look forward to, the hardest decision is always where to start.

Adriano Zumbo Cafe

With a huge selection of cakes, pastries, cakes and ‘Zumborons’, we had first order coffee before our brains even kicked into gear in order to make a logical decision. One of the nice things about this cafe is that it really does seem local with a constant stream of customers coming in to buy some bread, with an order of a pastry or macaron, and a coffee on the side. (The coffee wasn’t great, but I’ve resigned myself to the fact that Sydney coffee just isn’t as good as Melbourne). The other is that you can watch the dessert-making process. Unluckily for us, it seemed that the day’s work was done. I’d guess that mornings are typically busier, and if you’re lucky, you might even see the man himself creating away.

On to the more pressing issue though, after some consultation, we decided on two desserts. My choice, the passionfruit tart otherwise known as the
tarte aux fruits de la passion.

Tarte Aux Fruits de la Passion

Look at those beautiful colours! Fancy and rich, but not too sweet. I love the tartness of passionfruit, and the summery vibe suited the sunny day outside. Utterly delectable, and relatively affordable at only $6.

The boy went for an almond berry tart.

Almond Berry Tart

Not quite as pretty as mine, but definitely well made. It certainly wasn’t as sweet or rich, but the nutty flavour of the almonds was definitely satisfying.

Of course, no trip to Zumbo’s would be complete without trying his famous macarons, so we had a couple (or perhaps a few more) to share. Some aren’t pictured because we ate them before I remembered to bring my camera out.

Lime and Mint Mojito, Hot Chocolate, Coconut Chilli and Lime

My favourite of the bunch was definitely the mojito. I doubt that it’s alcoholic (I’m sure that would just mess with the baking chemistry too much) but the clean taste was spot on.

Even though we’d had quite a number of desserts, an extra trip was made to the Adriano Zumbo Patisserie just up the road where an even greater selection of cakes awaited.

We restrained ourselves however, but only barely. It’s simultaneously a fortunate and an unfortunately circumstance that Zumbo hasn’t opened up a cafe in Melbourne yet.

Adriano Zumbo Cafe
114 Terry St, Rozelle
Mon-Fri 630am-4pm, Sat-Sun 730am-4pm

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