DISCOVERING a dreamy little spot to have a bite to eat is always a treat, especially when it’s operated by a mother and son in charge of a dedicated kitchen team and a cheery, efficient front-of-house crew.
Tucked away on Whyalla Street, Fyshwick, Dream Cuisine Patisserie is run by Owen Saddler, a former engineer, and Marilyn Chalkley, a former communications pro, who do not compromise in any way, shape or form on their food, sweet or savoury.
Dream Cuisine has won a string of awards, including Canberra’s best hot cross buns and four medals at the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show (2014). This is thanks to the talented chefs, but also to the quality ingredients Dream Cuisine uses in creating its dynamite food: such as Myrtleford cultured butter, organic whole flour, free-range eggs, organic milk, decadent farmhouse cream and house-made jams loaded with seasonal fruit. And grass-fed beef and Coopers Ale for its famous pies.
It was breakfast time. The menu isn’t large and it certainly isn’t designed for anyone on a diet, but then why would you head to a patisserie if you’re trying to lose weight?
If you’re in the mood for something smallish the double smoked ham and vintage cheddar croissant is a bargain at $5 and the bacon and egg roll, served on a sourdough baguette, great value at $7.50.
Not one to refrain from indulging when in a patisserie, I ordered the Eggs Florentine with spinach and smoked trout and hollandaise sauce ($15). The amount of sauce was perfect… not too much and not too little. And the smoked trout was out of this world. A sensational way to start the day.
The Gruyere and Chive Omelette was loaded with sliced veggies, probably a bit (okay, maybe a lot) healthier than my option (calorie wise) but, as I have said, I was in a patisserie.
Other breakfast options include ricotta hotcakes with rhubarb, ricotta mousse and elderflower syrup (very classy, $16), a maple toasted granola served with poached quince, house-made vanilla yoghurt and Tilba Jersey milk ($12), and a quinoa and apple breakfast bowl ($12). Lots of gluten free, vegetarian and wheat free options.
We were good gals in the end and refrained from indulging in a sweet treat, the line-up of which includes a stunning-looking lime tart, and an entire glass case of macarons, made with ground Australian almonds and Italian meringue, sandwiched together with creamy chocolate ganache or buttercream flavoured with fruit. The pistachio and lime is award winning, but I would have chosen the walnut and whisky or salted caramel, an all-time favourite.
Put Dream Cuisine on your list of places to try. You won’t be disappointed.
9/18 Whyalla Street, Fyshwick, open Monday-Friday, 6.30am-4pm and Saturday, 9am-2pm.