De Clieu is yet another one of Mark Dundan's babies, this time situated in trendy Fitzroy. Having loved Seven Seeds, and also St. Ali back when he was at the helm, I had no qualms about trying out De Clieu as my next foodie destination.
It was packed out when we arrived at 10:30am on a cold and wintry Tuesday morning. (Does no one have to be at work at all??) Macaron Monster, Bubs in Pram and I squeezed onto one of the tables for 4 as it was the only table available and got straight to ordering.
My mocha, as expected, was very nice. Less chocolatey than the one at Seven Seeds.
I ordered the Breakfast De Clieu, which was Sliced fresh baguette, Double Smoked Ham, Gruyere, Boiled Egg, Taragon Mustard Butter ($15.5) A very nice platter, we particularly enjoyed the ham. The surprise winner though, was the Strawberry Aniseed Jam in the Jam Lady Jams Range from the Yarra Valley. I usually don't like aniseed, but this worked really well to give the strawberry jam a deeper, more complex flavour. Let's just say not a single bit of baguette was left behind.....
Apart from the menu items, a cute selection of sweet treats were also available from the counter.
Would we come back again? I would definitely come back, but probably not with the kids. It wasn't that they were unfriendly, just, more like barely kid-tolerant. The seating area was fairly limited and I just kept getting the feeling that we didn't quite belong with the rest of the crowd on the day. (Maybe I was having a very bad hair day?) The toilet, however, was generously sized and very pram accessible!
Eat.Play.Shop. Says : A great place of coffee and a bite, maybe without the little ones though. Loved walking along Gertrude St afterwards, especially having a wander through Sylvia Tai's Shop Sui, with lots of cute products like tin robots and bespoke clothing. Here's a fun T-Shirt that gave me a giggle!