Every other week, JoJo and LiLi would antagonise each other with their rather consistent and unrelenting whining. "Look at this photo, LiLiiiiii, when are we going to Bibeloooooot" "Jooooo can we not reschedule Fondaaa for Bibelooot?"
As you can imagine, we deal with some pretty significant problems.
Sweet, perfect, tantalising desserts posted continuously to the Instagram feeds of Melbournians everywhere, serving to taunt the girls even further with dreams of sugary bliss.
Long live the words "No Regrets", a monument which holds dear to the girls' hearts and that will forever go down in J & L history as the hallmark of how all of their bad decisions have ever started.
The day started off like any other, beginning with the girls hitting snooze on their respective alarms about five or so times, eventually progressing to finally getting ready and roughly planning how much damage they wanted to do that day - a hideously easy action to accomplish if you take a few moments to gaze at Bibelot's menu.
LiLi was the first one there and continued to pester Jo over Line Messenger asking when she'd be there. She was starting to get impatiently hangry after walking around the display cases a few times.
We don't know who wouldn't, really - have an oggle:
As you can see, there was a great deal of choice to keep us confused and wanting. We really do struggle with difficult decisions and often take the difficulty out of such choices by just not having to choose between one, two or even three things...
So we chose six petits gateaux! Whoops.
Petits Gateaux ($9.50 ea)
coffee crémeux, almond nougatine, coffee chantilly
Green Tea Dome
adzuki beans, muscavado crème, black sesame brûlée, toasted sesame crunch, green tea chiffon
Peanut Caramel Tart
caramel crème brûlée, chocolate ganache, peanut caramel, chocolate sablé, caramelia mousse
Pineapple, Basil & Chocolate
almond sacher biscuit, pineapple-basil gelée, madagascar chocolate mousse, roasted pineapple, pineapple mousseline
Tonka, Apple & Cinnamon
cocoa nib meringue, cinnamon bavarois, vanilla apple compote, tonka mousse, chocolate crémeux
hazelnut dacquoise, gianduja mousse, hazelnut & chocolate crumble
Matcha Maiden ($4)
100% pure organic green tea leaf powder matcha latte
Iced Matcha ($6.50)
made with Bibelot green tea gelato
"Matcha Matcha Matcha" the girls sing as the beverages arrive. The green tea gelato was on point but for whatever reason they did not pop a straw in there! Li watched Jo struggle as gelato mounds surfaced which would later become the cause of the green slash backs onto her face. Poor Jo.
The Green tea latte was a soothing and homely comfort. Little did it know that it was going to take the brunt of the sugar force that was to follow. Li's stomach was in for a ride. WEEEEEEE!!
The coffee eclair was tried first and faired the lightest of the bunch, deceptively giving the girls the false idea that they could totally eat six cakes.
It was very well balanced: the chantilly had flecks of ground coffee beans which playfully worked against the soft texture of the cream. The crémeux in the middle of the choux pastry had an even bolder, sweetened coffee essence infused into it and with that fluffy pastry as the vessel to carry all of this? Heaven.
If you're wondering, yeah - that pastry had a slight crunch on the outside. Wasn't that so satisfying to know? We think about it every now and then and how it would be perfect with a nice cup of coffee as an afternoon tea delight.
Tonka, Apple & Cinnamon petits gateaux next.
When you see the word Tonka, you'll probably think of the trucks. In this application though, there definitely weren't any trucks unless you refer to what our stomachs feel like they've been hit by after this sitting!
It's a bean that produces a vanilla like fragrance which is why it worked so perfectly with it's accomplices in this concoction.
Be prepared for this! It is by far the richest of them all and truly dominated us. If you fail to proportion the vanilla apple compote with the tonka mousse and chocolate cremeux, it's not as perfectly balanced as it should be. Jo had to lean this the hard way! Learn form us and ensure you grab every element for your first bite.
The peanut caramel tart. What more needs to be said!
The sablé base holds the foundation for this dessert eater's dream. Perfectly encased in this dome laid the caramelia mousse, chocolate ganache ganache and the caramel crème brûlée. From that description, you'd think that this would be insanely sweet, but it was actually less rich than the Tonka cake. Weird right?
Beautiful and delicate, this is one to store on your to do list if you enjoy peanut butter and chocolate.
The ultimate star of our show: The Green Tea Dome! We literally dreamed of the day this would become ours.
We can't not gush about this, so let it be known far and wide that this is the best green tea dessert ever.
Apart from it's perfect looks, it's also pretty technical in it's flavour profile. Inside the dome is the impeccable layering of black sesame brûlée and green tea chiffon. The red adzuki beans compliment the overall creation and we assure you that there isn't too much going on.
Initially you're hit with just green tea, thinking to yourself "where is the black sesame?" and almost as soon as you conceive the thought, the black sesame is there on your tongue after the green tea dissipates, bringing a smile to your face for ever doubting it.
The Hazelnut Praline Crunch was a stand-in dessert for Mango, Yuzu and Coconut. The mango wasn't available on the day so it seemed like a good idea to order a replacement... right? Yeah! Sure!
The mound was nice to eat on it's own and reminded us of those honey cereal crunches you ate as a kid. The Hazelnut dacquoise and gianduja mousse were evenly weighed against each other. Li compared it to eating Ferrero Rocher - similar flavours with the right amount of crunch to creaminess.
Pineapple, Basil and Chocolate was the odd one out at this party. We don't mean to single it out, but against the others, it was tangy and bolder than the rest. We found by separating the elements, it tasted better than it did together. Whilst the pineapple was meant to work with the Madagascan chocolate, it didn't come together as a whole when paired with basil.
Although the basil is mentioned in the gelee, it tasted like it was through the mousee. It's possible our minds were playing tricks on us at this point and all the flavours of previous desserts were mixing on our tastebuds. But if we could choose, basil chocolate =YES!!
And then LiLi did this.
"WHAT HAVE YOU DONE, LILI. WHY ARE YOU BRINGING BREAD TO A CAKE FIGHT?!" Jo demanded. "Because I haven't had lunch" she softly replied. Jo retorted, "You've just killed us both, you realise that, right?"
Jo's furious outburst aside, the Trio of Dips were surprisingly good and are were quite nicely presented so much so that even Grumpy mate Rich wanted to take the crochet bread bag home.
The Olive dip was strong and salty as it should be - good for palate cleansing in between desserts just FYI. Can't be let down by hummus and the menu said the other was a beetroot dip. It actually looked and tasted like a capsicum dip. Quite delightful!
Li enjoyed the carb load and having the addition of savoury helped with the overall sugar overload. Ha! Because bread doesn't have sugar... Good one LiLi!
We thought that by coming down with a Ginger Red tea at the end, it might actually save us from the food coma that had already enslaved us.
Definitely had the right idea here and it helped ease the heaviness in our stomachs.
If we ever come back for high tea, it'd be nice to sample the teas available. This Ginger Red was naturally subtle in it's floral flavouring and what was noticeable is the raspberry and lemon blend. It was a refreshing end to such a heavy sitting.
When people say they died and went to heaven, I think I definitely died that day from my sugar coma and that LiLi went to sugar heaven. The overwhelming excitement to sample Chez Dre's desserts was going to be for sure the highlight of my Melbourne life.
The choices of dessert are overwhelming. Where to start? What type of dessert do I want? And how will I do this? are the usual questions that flow through my mind. All I know was I wanted to eat that Green Tea dome that lured me from continual photos uploaded on every social media aspect known to man. I love green tea desserts. They are always so subtle on flavour and I don't usually feel full after eating them. This green tea dome did not disappoint. At first you get the softness of green tea flavour initially in your mouth, then the black sesame ruptures a pretty smooth after taste. THE BEST!!
The other desserts I chose was the peanut caramel tart and the pineapple, basil & chocolate. The tart was not as over powering as I thought it would be. For some reason I thought this would be a heavy peanut butter type dessert. I was totally blown away at how light it was. I also do like a cheeky brulee so any excuse to enjoy the custard like dessert is thumbs up in my eyes.
I made a wrong decision with choosing the pineapple, basil and chocolate. Not because it wasn't smashing in flavour but it did not compliment the other desserts at all. Basil in desserts? Intriguing... I was convinced that it would not work. Somehow in the madagascar chocolate mousse hides the basil hit. I didn't think the pineapple element was needed (like I'm an expert) because the dark chocolate and basil could have worked better on their own. I would have enjoyed this more if I had it on my own and not accompanied with the others.
I thought the table service was lacking, only because there was one man to run the show whilst everyone else was behind counter. Poor him! They should really share the work load! And if you order a lot for a table of 4, then you don't have enough room. I mean, If you're not like Jo and I who obviously don't know how to take things easy then yes, you're definitely going to have a lack of space.
I initially wanted to buy some caramels, bon bons and biscuits to take home. With how much we ate, it seemed a bit wrong. Jo made me take home the leftovers so that was good enough. There will come a time when Bibelot and I will meet again. Another time to make more bad life choices.
I'm still convinced that the only things that were nice to me on that palette of sugar was the Green Tea Dome and Coffee Eclair.
The Dome was a very well put together treat and it seemed like a great deal of thought was put into making this. It was (like almost everything at Bibelot) visually breathtaking and as an added bonus, I'm glad that it tasted every bit as good as it looked. The complimentary medley of matcha, black sesame and red beans hits you in waves and it's just something you automatically want to savour and take your time with.
Easily my favourite.
I also can't go past eclairs so I had to give Bibelot's coffee version a go. It was a great choice - two types of coffee cream and a lovely fresh choux pastry is my idea of a fricking party. It also contained pleasant flecks of ground coffee beans through the cream. Just a minor texture thing. I love different texture sensations in dishes.
The other petits gâteaux didn't do it for me as much as the other two did and in fact, some were a little bit overkill. The Hazelnut-praline crunch for example: great familiar hazelnutty flavours but I found myself struggling after a couple of spoonfuls. I really would have liked to have tried the Mango, Yuzu & Coconut gateaux a go so, maybe I'll partake in that next time.
Customer service was at times, negligent. There was a male waiter who seemed really reluctant to take our order or clear our plates as we finished which seemed a shame for a dessert boutique affiliated with Chez Dré. We almost went two hours with a couple of stacks of plates before anyone decided to come over and clear them. The female wait staff were much more attentive and represented Bibelot much more professionally.
There is a lot of room in Bibelot but due to popularity, you may need to wait to be seated. Avoid the lunch time period and try your luck from 2.30pm - 5pm.
If you come, come with a friend to help you polish off these decadent desserts or, take home what you can't finish in a doggy bag. Be mindful of the fact that this can easily become an expensive affair, especially if you look at picking up a couple of bon bons, beverages and petits gateaux.
I recommend the Green Tea Dome, Hazelnut-Praline Crunch, both Eclairs and the Peanut and Caramel Tart.
Food and Drink: ★★★★☆
Customer Service: ★★☆☆☆
General Atmosphere: ★★★☆☆
Value for Money: ★★★★☆
Food and Drink: ★★★★☆
Customer Service: ★★☆☆☆
General Atmosphere: ★★★☆☆
Value for Money: ★★★☆☆
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