Gontran Cherrier

Saturday, July 02, 2016 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

Gontran Cherrier is a fourth generation baker, he grew up in a family full of bakers in small city of Luc-sur-mer, Normandy. He attended the prestigious Ferrandi Culinary school at Les Grands Moulin de Paris bakery and pattersire school when he was 16 that mark his beginning of his baking journey. He's resume included a three michelin starred restaurant l'Arperge and more. Melbourne store is his 27th store worldwide and Gontran him self is in Melbourne for the whole month of June to prepare his store opening as well as promoting them. It's an impressive career, he managed to achieve more than 20 store in 6 year times since opening his very first store in 2010. Gontran partner him self with Head Chef Travis Welch (ex Cafe e Cuccina, Rosette UK, Circa the Prince, Pope Joan) and  Head Pastry Chef Kayte Perdrisat (ex Rockpool Sydney, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal) to make the Melbourne store shine among the others.

There was no secret that I love anything French, the food, the country and the culture. I have been to France almost 10 times in my life and still would love to go back. I was invited to their launch day by Zilla & Brook PR management but unable to attend so I decided to went in on the next Saturday lunch time, there was no surprise there are people lining up for a table as well as for take aways. The cafe it self was minimalistic yet has a charming and modern vibe. Spacious, airy and full of natural light from the big glass window. They have a wide ranges of pastry starting with croissants, apple turn over, paprika bun, squid ink bun, puff, pie and even cakes.

Since I have to wait for around 30 minutes, I decided to get some of the pastry goodness first. I start my day with their Pain au Chocolat, Almond Croissant and Sugar Creme Puff. Their croissant was well made and not as oily or rich as some other well known croissant such as Agathe Patisserie/Lune but the price point also much more reasonable. I love their sugar creme puff, it was fluffy, soft and not too sweet. I could eat 5/6 pieces by my self easily.

 Bruleed French Toast - creme anglaise & poached rhubarb ($12). Not like the current trend, the presentation was very simple and plain. I love the crispiness on top and the fluffiness inside, the texture was perfect as well as the sweetness.

Melbourne Pantry free-range bacon, fried egg, sriracha mayonnaise in a squid ink bun ($10). The bun was soft and tasty, the egg was well cooked. Overall, it's a good yet simple combination.

Cape Grim Beef Bourguignon - potato gratin & seasonal greens ($26). The beef was super tender and delicious. I love the potato gratin as well as the broccoli. My favourite dish of the day.

Sadly, the service was really messy. I had to wait for than 30 minutes for my food partially arrived on the table and the rest comes 10 minutes later. My coffee never get to arrived, I did ask the staff about it and he said he asked the barista twice but I never see it until the very end yet they still charge me with it. They are willing to change the bill so it's all sorted up. Another thing I never get during the meal is water. It's not that they are lack of staff, they are plenty of staff walking around. They just need a little bit of organisation. I do feel disappointed cause I have been waiting for a table for a long time then the food than many other small stuff happens. But to be fair it's their first week.

Gontran Cherrier Boulangerie Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Monday-Sunday: 7am-6pm (Kitchen Closes at 3pm)

Gontran Cherrier
140 Smith St
Collingwood, VIC 3066