Chez Dre – Funky cafe brunch hideout in South Melbourne

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South Melbourne boasts a number of cafes serving all day breakfasts, brunch and lunch menus and all the coffee you can consume in one sitting. Chez Dre is a must to try according to all the foodies and locals. Noisy atmosphere with outdoor and indoor seating, lovely decor and spacious seating which would suggest a family friendly place.

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My wife and I went one early Sunday morning so there was plenty of seats to pick from but that didn’t last long. The place filled with noise and people and fresh coffee aromas.

We went for a simple breakfast of granola with berries, sourdough with poached eggs and a chai latte and standard latte to complement. They hit the spot and we expected nothing less of Chez Dre. Coffee was beautifully brewed and my poached eggs oozed with yolk porn written all over itWe didn’t order any of the sweets or macarons but don’t they look amazing?

Hidden in one of the laneway streets across from South Melbourne market (don’t worry, it’s easy to find) I call it a ‘funky cafe brunch hideout’ that I definitely would go to again and again and again.

Chez Dre
285-287 Coventry Street
South Melbourne
Open 7 days 7.30am-4:30pm
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chezdre

Best Cafe’s in Melbourne according to The Learner Chefs

Best Cafe’s in Melbourne according to The Learner Chefs

This list will obviously grow but for now here’s my favourite cafe’s scattered all over Melbourne that I think make awesome coffees, have a great atmosphere and offer more than just a big breakfast and a coffee on the go. If you think there’s a cafe that needs to be on this list, let me know so I can sit back, relax and enjoy a coffee there, otherwise I’ve probably visited the cafe already and it’s in draft mode (hopefully not for too long)

In order of posts (newest to oldest posted):

St Ali South
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Because of the buzz of St Ali South & North we had to check it out. Warehouse turned into a pretty nifty coffee house. Come at the wrong time and be prepared to wait in line.

Super Easy Pavlova Nests – need to whip up a quick dessert?

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Ok, here’s a super quick and easy way to put together Pavlova Nests. Not so much a recipe but an idea if you need to whip up a quick and easy dessert.

NOTE: Before you begin, make sure to not to make the nests until you’re ready to serve them. Once you’re ready to serve them, slap it all together and serve them right away.

Ingredients:

  • Pavlova Nests (pack of 10)
  • Thickened Cream (600ml)
  • Fruits (i used peaches and blueberries)

First of all, we’re not going to make the pavlova nests, we’re going to use pre-made nests from your local super market and they’re only around $5 for a pack of 10 or you could buy the meringue nests which are pretty much the same thing. This way, you’re guaranteed perfect pavlova nests that taste and will hold its form. But also be wary that the nests can break in the packaging or already be broken so if you’re expecting a lot of company, buy an extra packet.

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The next thing you’ll need is some thickened cream (300-600ml depending on how many you make). Just whip it up, add a teaspoon of vanilla essence and a tablespoon of sugar. The cream doesn’t need to be sweet because the pavlova or meringue nest is already sweet. Put some glad wrap over it and place it in the fridge if you’re going to be serving these later on. Otherwise, whip up the cream just before you serve them.

Choose your fruit or fruits. I recommend sticking with 2 or 3 because the nests aren’t that big to fit more than that and plus 2 or 3 fruits look and taste better. For these pavlova nests we chose peaches and blueberries. You can buy canned fruit like we did for the peaches and bought the blueberries because they’re in season.
Ok, now you have your 3 main ingredients, lets build these treats:

  1. carefully layout your pavlova nests on a tray or plate
  2. If you haven’t whipped the cream yet, do so with the method above. Then slap on the whipped cream. The cream doesn’t need to be neatly piped on, I recommend to just slap it onto the nests but still be careful as they’re quite fragile and you do want people to be able to pick them up and eat them.
  3. place your fruit on top and you’re done. They’re ready to be served.

I told you it was easy. We made these 10-15 minutes before the Melbourne Cup race was about to start. I don’t think some of the people were impressed because we whipped the cream with an old mixer and caused static on the TV. Oh well but I have to say, they tasted the bomb!

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 Photos, taken with iPhone 5

Manchester Press Cafe – another hipster Melbourne alleyway cafe

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Do you like bagels? Well you gotta visit Manchester Press cafe off a little laneway called Rankins lane off Little Bourke St in between Elizabeth and Queen St. Before I say anything else, you need to try the ‘pulled pork bagel’ and the ‘mixed berry mascrapone with pistachio bagel’. My new favourite cafe.

On the weekend we were in the city with our nephew just in time for lunch. Because I’ve been looking for Melbourne’s best cafes we decided to take on Manchester Press. Someone tell me why these awesome hipster Melbourne cafe’s are all in alleyways? Luckily they don’t do dinner because some of these alleyways at night can be scary.

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Anyways, we went for lunch and I knew this was a popular brunch cafe but what I didn’t know is that they served an array of super yummy bagels. We were lucky to sneak in a table for four before a whole rush of people came, otherwise we would of been waiting 10-15 minutes to fill our stomachs but 10-15 minutes isn’t that bad compared to . We ordered a bunch of coffees as one does at a cafe and a babycino for my 3yr old nephew. He seemed to love it and the coffee was also superb.

Now onto the bagels, I ordered the pulled pork bagel and it was exactly what I needed. The pork was sweet and tender and went well with the bagel. Jenny ordered the mixed berry mascrapone bagel with pistachio’s so we could try a savoury and sweet bagel and I was so glad she did. I love mascrapone and I’ve just found a new way to enjoy it. I only got to have a bite of the B.L.T bagel which was okay but I really would recommend the pulled pork and mixed berry mascrapone bagel.

Although they have other brunch dishes, I’d definitely come back to try out some of the other bagels or the two I had again. Like it says in the title, Manchester Press is another hipster Melbourne cafe and now on my list of Melbourne’s best cafes. The setting is nice and relaxed, I’m not sure if it was staff or customers but they just sat themselves outside and had a bite to eat. Bike friendly because there’s plenty of space to leave them locked up on whatever you can find and very kid friendly because my nephew enjoyed himself and there’s plenty of room for prams.

I love Manchester Press and I hope most people would agree with me too. Unless you don’t like bagels and good coffee.

Manchester Press
Location: 8 Rankins Lane, Melbourne, VIC
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri:7AM-5PM, Sat-Sun: 9AM-5PM
Facebook: facebook.com/ManchesterPress