458 Little Collins St, Melbourne 3000
Date visited: 28th March 2012
Le Petit Gateau is located on Little Collins St, near the back of the RACV Club. We came this sunny afternoon, especially to try the infamous Brownie and passionfruit gateau, created by award winning French pastry chef Pierrick Boyer and his team.
The patisserie is small and cosy - the cakes and pastries are showcased in a wide glass display at the counter. If you choose to sit at the bar, you can look right into their kitchen :)
I had a latte - their coffees were by Vittoria, which I liked. MerlinFan had the hot chocolate with orange and cardamom, which tasted nostalgically like the orange chiffon cake my aunt used to bake when we were young :)
|Hot chocolate with orange and cardamom (back) and latte (front)|
MerlinFan had the peanut, raspberry and chocolate jelly sandwich. Very delicate and pretty, garnished with raspberry jelly and golden peanuts that shimmered as they were hit by light. The separate layers - peanut, raspberry jelly, praline and the chocolate brownie base were nice on their own and together as well. MerlinFan said it could have been taken to another level if the top layer had a more buttery warmth, like peanut butter.
|Peanut, raspberry and chocolate sandwich|
The brownie and passionfruit chocolate gateau was just amazing and left our tastebuds dancing. A brownie base, crunchy praline, passionfruit custard, chocolate mousse, topped off with chocolate ganache and a mango square. The smoothness of the rich mousse was perfectly balanced by the slight tartness of the passionfruit and the crunchy texture of praline. You can't get any better than that.
|Brownie and passionfruit chocolate gateau|
I hope they keep the Afternoon Coffee and Cake offer - would love to come back and try the other gorgeous cakes... or indulge in the brownie passionfruit gateau yet again.
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