Thursday, 7 May 2015


285 – 287 Coventry Street, South Melbourne
Open 7 days, 10am – Late

Tonight was the opening night for Bibelot, a Chez Dré project, which we were told was a four year process from conception to reality.

Located at the Coventry Street entrance to Chez Dré, Bibelot is an opulent destination for all-things-sweet; an artisanal patisserie, gelateria, coffee bar, chocolate shop, high tea salon and a library of coffee table books for any dessert aficionado.

Opening just in time for Mother's Day, Bibelot will house a retail space of beautifully packaged and crafted gourmet gifts; from chocolate bars to enrobed fruit and nuts, decadent biscuits, locally-sourced honey as well as specialty coffee and teas. Alternatively, one may be inclined to browse the Bibelot library, dedicated solely to 'hard to find', professional Chocolate and Patisserie books. From Thursday through to Sunday the Bibelot High Tea Salon will host lavish afternoon teas, with gourmet sweet and savory treats as well as tea, coffee and champagne, by reservation only beginning in early June.

The sleek fitout is by Melbourne-based Breathe Architecture where Art Deco meets European flair. Classic materials and techniques such mosaic tiling, marble, timber and gold are used with a modern twist.

Chocolate mousse on passionfruit macaroons
Inside the delectable chocolate mousse on passionfruit macaroon
Strawberry with basil and olive oil layered gateaux (Front) and Walnut Eclairs (Behind)
An abundant selection of gleaming chocolate gems
Chocolate tart with macadamia nuts and coconut crisps
Hazelnut Praline Cake
Hazelnut Praline Cake, Chocolate Tart, Banana & Chocolate Mousse Cake, Green Tea Cake (L to R)
Gelato and Sorbet with Milk and Dark Chocolate Fountains
The Gelato and Sorbet Menu - Freshly made in store

What a dessert haven this place is. As a lover of patisserie, I'm currently head over heels for Bibelot! Mouthwatering sweet treats line the glass cabinets.  Each dessert really is a piece of food art.  I love their fusion of ingredients, such as mandarin with yuzu sorbet and strawberry with basil and olive oil gateaux.  Even though Bibelot focuses on French and European flavours, I can't help but think that Melbourne's diverse culture has influenced their creations with using Asian elements like green tea and yuzu.  I'm gunning to try their high tea next.

If you haven't organised anything for your mum yet, maybe book Bibelot's special Mother's Day high tea ($95 per person).  A little birdy told me that they are nearly full, but some spots are still available.

Big thanks to the Bibelot and AMPR teams for putting on a great launch.  Special thanks to Abbey from AMPR for the invitation.

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