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I admit it. Spending a year in France has completely spoilt me when it comes to baked goods. There’s no better treat than a jewel-like tart from a patisserie, or the simple pleasure of a freshly-baked baguette. So I was pretty excited when I heard about Melbourne’s Lune Croissants & Coffee. I heard that they make the best croissants in Melbourne, so I had to check it out.
Bright and early one Thursday morning, I arrived at the cafe at 8am, foolishly thinking that since it was a weekday, and only half an hour after opening time, there was no way there would be a line. Half an hour later and increasingly worried that I would be late for work, I am finally at the front of the queue. By this time, I had had plenty of time to smell the tantalising aroma of buttery croissants from the kitchen, and to observe the activity inside the glass box that housed the kitchen – presumably so that the chef could have the perfect environment in which to make croissants – so I was very hungry.
The store had very helpfully displayed all their offerings for the day on the counter in front of the cashier. I was tempted to try the traditional croissant – that’s how you can judge quality, right? – but I had to make the visit count. I had heard good things about their twice-baked croissants, so I chose the pecan pie one. I also can’t resist a good cruffin, so the lemon curd one also ended up in the bag.
The twice-baked croissant definitely lived up to the hype. It was super crunchy and tasted devine. The lemon curd cruffin was softer but no less delicious. The verdict? Definitely some of the best croissants I’ve had – and that includes some of Paris’ top ten. But with those long lines, and the eye-popping price – the lemon curd cruffin was $7 while the twice baked pecan pie was $8.50 – it’s definitely going to be a rare treat.
Lune Croissants and Coffee
119 Rose St, Fitzroy
Open from 7.30am Thursday, Friday and Monday and from 8am on weekends.
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