Food and Drink
Posted by Dan Kuseta
16. Feb, 2011
Walk along Rathdowne Street and you’re likely to be greeted with the smells of freshly roasted coffee and a smile as you pass the take-away window of new kid on the block, Depot de Pain.
Owned and operated by Christopher Vivian and Mireaux Bailey (The Station Hotel, The Botanical) this new spot for all things French is part bakery, larder and cafe. In addition to croissants, flans and all the usual yum stuff (baked fresh daily from French Fantasies in South Yarra) Depot de Pain stocks French goodies like cornichons and tins of goose fat while serving an authentic Gallic breakfast and lunch seven days a week.
Breakfast options include Toast Champignon (sauteed Forest mushrooms finished with herbs and truffle oil, $10.50), Oeuf Hollandaise En Croustade (a French Eggs Benny with the eggs nestled in a hollowed-out chunk of sourdough) and home-made Banana Bread with Berries and Fromage Frais ($9.50). Lunch might include the Whitebait Fritter Sandwich ($11.00), Tartine with Rare Beef, Gouda and Horseradish ($10.50) and the French Hot Dog with Toulouse Pork or Spicy Lamb Merguez sausage ($8.00).
And if you’re just popping by why not go with the French feel and grab some pate and a baguette to enjoy in the park just over the road?
Depot de Pain
693 Rathdowne St, Carlton North
Open 7 days, 7am – 6pm