One Month On…

May 17, 2011 § 4 Comments

It’s hard to believe that our last proper post was written a month ago about the same time we opened up our doors to the public! Even though Chez Dré is still young, it sometimes feels as if we’ve been opened for a lot longer (perhaps it’s the long hours?!), but at the same time, we know we’re still finding our feet. The excitement is still there in our bellies, and I’m sure it will be for a long time to come.

So in this post, we thought we should play catch-up and let you all know what has happened and what is happening here at Chez Dré.

To kick things off, we’d like to firstly say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has come by – even though we’re busy in the kitchen and sometimes the hectic-ness gets the better of us, it brings us much joy and comfort to look up and see people in the cafe eating our food and enjoying themselves – THANK YOU.

And then another BIG THANK YOU to the lovely folks and food bloggers that have taken some beautiful photographs and written some lovely things about Chez Dré – to us, those are our sweet treats and we appreciate it very much. To check them out, have a look at Cornelius K (who came in with her ma and pa and took some beautiful shots), Code Name Max (one of our regulars along with Hidden Secret Tours), food enthusiast My Aching Head, Egg Tarts & Apple Pie (who deconstructed our chocolate tart – love it!), Foodie About Town, a write-up by Nina Rousseau of Epicure, and this lovely shot by Tour de Clance of our housemade granola:

Photograph by: Tour de Clance

THANK YOU.

To family and friends and everyone who works with us – again – a BIG THANK YOU to you all also.

Since our month ago opening, a few things have changed not only on the sweet side of things but on our cuisine and coffee menu. We might have started off on a range of baguettes but we now have an increasingly growing hot food selection straight out of the kitchen. In fact today, we bring you a few new dishes to warm up the cold winter days including a belly-warming ratatouille dish as well as more quiches and then some. If you happen to be vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free we have some hearty cuisine dishes (and sweet treats!) that’ll match your needs like our Moroccan-baked eggs, stuffed mushrooms and ratatouille – just look out for the symbols on the menu or give us a shout.

On the coffee side of things, our good friend Andrew from the Maling Room has been roasting a range of single origins for us – in fact, quite a few! The beans come from Costa Rica, Peru, Ethiopia (just to name a few of the dozen!), which means we have a different one on almost everyday depending on what Andrew surprises us with. If you want to check out the single origins, order an espresso or long black as our milk-based coffee is made from our house blend (also roasted at the Maling Room). We are told that soon our house blend will change once some beans from Honduras are roasted up! If you’re not a coffee addict, first off… what’s wrong with you!?! Kidding! But really, if you aren’t, we have some yummy teas from Larsen & Thompson and a housemade hot chocolate made from Single Origin “Madagascar” chocolate (64%).

Smiley Pat - one of our baristas!

Coffee's up!

The pastries and sweet treats have grown to fill up the showcase, and by this week, we’ll be introducing new cakes that’ll include some seasonal produce including a blood orange jelly that goes with a vanilla mascarpone mousse, a yoghurt mousse with apricot and rosemary, a combination of passionfruit and chocolate, plus a very dear to us, Tonka bean gateau. On top of that, some new macaron flavours and treats in our viennoiserie.

We also have a new site coming soon at http://chezdre.com.au/  – we’ll keep you updated once it’s launched!

And finally, if you come by, do pop your head through and say hello!

A bientôt!

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