Hello hello! Hope you are all well :). Sprained my ankle yesterday which was no fun but was so thankful to have friends around me to assist and get me home! Thank you, lovely people – you know who you are ;).
The thing with being out of action is that you don’t feel like really doing anything that requires too much brain energy… so though, uni work remains on the desk, I thought it was time to make good on my blogging routine promise - though a few days later than scheduled ^^’.
A few weeks ago I got this message:
So per doctor’s orders, on a rainy and cold Melbourne day last week, I set about rectifying the situation ;). Since I was on placement in the city, and after being thoroughly impressed by the various photos appearing on my Instagram feed and Daisy’s post, there seemed like no better place to catch up than Le Petit Gateau!
I didn’t get a chance to take a photo of the exterior but you’ll just have to imagine with me the excitement I had when I saw that little sign that hangs above the entrance… there’s just something so special about finally making it to the place that you’ve been hearing and reading about for so long :).
It was my first time there but my friend (we shall call him Mr KO hehe) who’d come before and is of Malaysian origin, informed me that the chefs here have served the Malaysian Prime Minister (there was also a letter on the wall to prove it) so it was kinda cool to think that we’re eating the cakes of the prestigious ;).
But first things first – a proper savoury lunch.
After reading Daisy‘s post, I knew I would definitely have this salad for lunch. Beetroot, pumpkin, feta and spinach is one of my favourite combinations and the pine nuts just added that crunch to each bite, while the dressing was light and not overly sour or sweet. Mr. KO had a pie (I forget which one) which he said he liked (I resisted the urge to take a photo since I thought I was already embarrassing him enough by gushing over the food hehe). I thought the pot of sauce on the side was cute too!
Onto the main events! Mr KO let me choose the cakes so after perusing the display, I picked out these two…
Honestly, I’m not much into very rich desserts so I liked the sound of this cake which was on special – from memory, it was a banana and ginger cake topped with mandarin jelly and chocolate ($8.00) :). I liked the smooth banana cream on top and the cake itself was very light. Mr. KO liked this one which was fortunate because in spite of my general preference for fruity-type cakes, the Brownie & Passionfruit Chocolate Gateau ($8.50) was the clear winner for me:
All I could think as I was savouring the flavours was “pure indulgence on a plate”. The combination of the brownie base, crunchy praline, passionfruit custard, chocolate mousse, covered with the chocolate ganache and topped with the mango square left both Mr. KO and I speechless for quite some time! I liked the balance between the rich mousse and the tangy taste of the passionfruit custard :).
Overall, I had a truly lovely experience there and would be keen to go back and try out some of the other cakes – perhaps one for a birthday in the future? ;) Thanks Mr. KO for the catch up and making a foodie dream come true! :D
Le Petit Gateau
458 Little Collins St, Melbourne, VIC 3000
(03) 9944 8893
In other foodie related news, do you remember my Juice that fights for you post? Well, I was pleasantly surprised to be notified that:
Yayness! I had enjoyed trying out the juice and had lots of fun writing the post too so it was a bonus for Golden Circle to like it too :D. For other Nuffnangers, if you want to try the product out for yourself, I saw that there is a second opportunity to do so :).
Also, special shoutouts to Daisy @nevertoosweet and Vien @wedarefood! Thanks for a lovely meet-up over Nando’s the other day :). It’s always such a pleasure to meet other food bloggers and find out how much you differ but also how much you have in common. Food definitely brings people together :).
Have a great weekend everyone!
Question: What was your latest foodie dream come true? Can be product/restaurant/cooking experience related :).