Chez Dre

Rear, 285-287 Coventry Street South Melbourne, Victoria 3205

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Opening hours Daily 7.30am-4.30pm
Features Gluten-free options
Prices Moderate (mains $20-$40)
Payments Diner's Club, eftpos, AMEX, Visa, Mastercard
Phone 03 9690 2688

Chez Dre is tres romantic, with its high-backed booth seating, dramatic dining room with ballroom proportions and ornate gated courtyard. But wait until you see the food: sumptuous tarts, pastries, petits gateaux and macarons. But, savouries first … maybe goat’s cheese salad with roasted beetroot, green beans, raisins and walnuts. Brioche French toast is almost more dessert than breakfast (served all day); it comes with caramelised apples, vanilla mascarpone and topped with a beautifully sculpted orange tuile. Chez Dre is packed at peak times but never sways from spot-on.