Cafe Lafayette

Saturday, May 28, 2016 Sharon Halim 5 Comments

Cafe Lafayette is located on the popular Bay St, Port Melbourne. It's a family owned business. Most people come for their massive freak shakes or the recently popular raindrop cake.

I was keen to try out the trending Raindrop Cake inspired by shingen mochi in Japan. This dish was made popular by New York Chef, Darren Wong. The cafe it self was decorated with wooden furnitures, cute pastel blue theme, polished concrete floors, funky wires chairs, large window overlooks Port Melbourne beach.

I started with my normal coffee order; Skinny Cappuccino. Their coffee was pretty decent, warm and enjoyable. 

My brunch partner of the day opted for their Matcha Latte by Matcha Maiden served with honey. It taste just fine like any other cafe that uses Matcha Maiden.

Matcha Hot Cakes - berry compote, honey comb, vanilla mascarpone and red bean creme, crashed pistachio ($15). Since I'm not interested in ordering the matcha freakshakes no matter how good it looks on the picture, I opted for matcha hot cakes. The inside was a little bit dense and I wanted more matcha flavour than what was served. The vanilla compote, red bean creme and crashed pistachio mixed pretty well together.

Braised Pork Belly Gua Bao - steamed soft bun with crushed peanut, coriander, pickles ($5). The bun it self was soft, fluffy and moist and the pork was tender but I needed the pork to have a little bit more flavour and melt in your mouth sensation.

Fried Chicken Gua Bao - steamed soft bun with bread crumble, coriander, caramelized red cabbage, chilli mayo ($5). The chicken was super crunchy and flavourful, I would love to have this again.

Raindrop Cake - stylish jelly made of house filtered water and agar. There are 3 flavour options and I chosen Matcha Lover - Japanese green tea flavour with roasted pistachio ($9). All the cafes has something that make them popular and for Cafe Lafayette it's their Raindrop cake with almost zero calorie. Finally, saw it in flesh it was much smaller and not as rounded as I imagine it to be. The taste of the raindrop cake it self was blend but refreshing, the matcha was bitter and taste the same as the mactha latte. I do think the matcha needed to be thicker and I did try to mixed in with the honey comes with the matcha latte, it does make it taste better. The Pistachio added a nice crunchy texture to it. The jelly it self was something really easy to made at home and I have make it countless time before so in conclusion I would not pay $9 for the second time for something made of water and agar with a little bit sauce.

The service was a little bit slow even though we came on a weekdays and there were not many customers in the cafe. We did messages them on Instagram asking for the availability of their Rainbow cake but did not get a reply. We talk to one of their staff but I don't think they really understand what we meant. Overall, it was a fine afternoon.

Cafe Lafayette Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Monday-Friday: 7.30am-3.30pm
Saturday-Sunday: 8am-4pm

Cafe Lafayette
55 Beach St
Port Melbourne, VIC 3207


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