06/10/2015

DINING OUT: CHEZ DRE [REVISITED]

I was looking through my phone's photo album and realised that I have so many backlogged posts to catch up on!! Arrrghhh!

Sidenote - It's 4:15pm on a beautiful Sunday in Melbourne right now and this is my view:


 If only this is my view on every good day :)

Anyway, a few weeks ago my sister and I went to South Melbourne hotspot, Chez Dre for brunch. It was my second time there, her first. After reading my blog post about the delicious food and cruffin at Chez Dre, she wanted to try the cruffins too.

Now, I think I found the secret formula to avoiding long queues in front of a cafe, especially during the weekend: Anytime before 9:30am and you will not have to suffer the pain of waiting for a table. If there are any lines, it will be short and sweet. It was no different at Chez Dre. Last time around we got there at 10:20am, and we waited 20 minutes for a table. This time around, we arrived at South Melbourne an hour earlier, and we were waved through to our table immediately.

The menu remained the same as the last time I was there, but there were some rather sophisticated dishes that we could not go past:

Brioche French Toast
with apples, pears, blackberries, salted caramel, vanilla mascarpone and white chocolate crumb.


Mind. Blown.

I expected to feel sick from all the sugar and sweetness in this dish, but that did not happen. The moment I get that "urgh this is too sweet!" feeling, the acidity in blackberries, pears and apples came to the rescue. The pears especially were so refreshing, sweet and slightly acidic at the same time. It was just great!

Chez Dre does excellent pastries. The brioche French toast was pillowy soft that naturally brought a smile to my face.

It's pretty to look at too, and I love pretty food.


Eggs Royale
Tasmanian smoked salmon, poached eggs, tobiko, yuzu-miso, hollandaise and toasted sourdough


My sister ordered the Eggs Royale, which is essentially the hotter, well-travelled brother of eggs Benedict. I had a nibble of the dish and was delighted that the salmon was perfectly smoked, the yuzu-miso was subtle but fragrant. It was strange to see tobiko on what is essentially eggs Benedict, but it worked surprisingly well.

We finished off this feast with the legendary cruffin:


No better sight than watching the blueberry jam oozing out of the cruffin. Today's cruffin was a little lopsided but it was the tallest I've ever seen. It was the perfect way to conclude our brunch adventure!

I had a crush on Chez Dre last time around. This time, I fell in love, and I hope to return soon.

Chez Dré Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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