For coffee lovers, Melbourne really is the place to be and when you have a map that lists the absolute best coffee houses to visit, you do your best to seek them out. When they also do interesting and well made food, you’ve hit the jackpot!
De Clieu in Gertrude St, Fitzroy is one such place. Discreetly signed, it welcomes you into a warm interior and promises a well made coffee hit by Seven Seeds roastery. We ordered piccolos while we perused the menu and they didn’t disappoint.
I was tempted by the smashed green pea, mint and Danish feta on quinoa and soya sourdough toast ($14.50) and also the pancakes with fresh figs, mint, maple syrup and spiced coffee mascarpone ($16.50) but in the end I ordered the corn fritters with avocado, crispy proscuitto and sweet chilli dressing ($16.50). Al went with the sweet roasted Berkshire pork neck with fried free-range egg, spring onion roti and bbq sauce ($16.50). You really couldn’t fault either dish. Tasty and beautifully presented, it was a very satisfying lunch.
De Clieu is clearly loved by the locals. It was doing a great trade in takeaway coffees and people popping in for a quick lunch. Definitely one to add to your coffee and food ‘to do’ list.
187 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
Mon-Sat 7am to 5pm
Sun 8am to 5pm