On Thursday evening I was invited to attend a celebratory party for the launch of Melbourne's newest dessert boutique. Bibelot (pronounced bib-loh) is the brainchild of South Melbourne icon Chez Dré, and just happens to sit right next door on Coventry St, a stones throw from the South Melbourne market... And it opens today! Broadsheet defined it perfectly as a "patisserie, gelateria, espresso bar, chocolate shop, high-tea salon and a book shop all in one". And it truly has to be seen to be believed.
The interior is simply opulent - green velvet couches, wooden shelves filled with beautiful gift ideas, greenery... And those never-ending glass cases of: cakes, petits gateaux, tarts, truffles, macarons.
You honestly feel like you've stepped onto the set of an Alice-in-Wonderland high tea. Which is perfect, given that the high tea salon will be opening in June (queue hen's teas, mother-daughter dates and girlie afternoons!). Thursday night was simply magical - dessert buffets filled to the brim of every type of sweet treat you could ever want. It's safe to say I indulged more than just a 'little'.
The gelateria has a extensive selection of flavours, all made on site (including the cookie for the cookies and cream). The pistachio gelato was simply amazing, with large chunks of actual pistachios in it and the running tap of milk or dark chocolate to cover the top is drool-worthy.
Ever since moving to Melbourne, Chez Dré has been one of my favourite brunch spots, so I am genuinely so excited to see them expand and wish them every success. I am so grateful to have been invited to experience such a magical evening! I know its pretty certain I'll be a regular :-)
Inlovewithbrunch verdict: move over zumbo!
(Note: Inlovewithbrunch was invited by Bibelot to attend, however all remarks and reviews are honest and genuine)