Humble Patisserie in Hawthorn for upcoming Epicure piece  by Leanne Clancey. Image supplied by Leanne.
Humble Patisserie in Hawthorn for upcoming Epicure piece by Leanne Clancey. Image supplied by Leanne. Photo: Supplied

David Ballinger, former chef and co-owner of the Pour Kids in Malvern, has decamped to Hawthorn, emerging with a cheery, pint-sized patisserie worthy of any Parisian arrondissement. Humble is an unrestrained outlet for Ballinger's not-so-secret baking obsession.

The timber counter offers plenty to tempt: flaky croissants, savoury tarts, chewy canele and Ballinger's exceptional jam-filled lamingtons. There's excellent Axil coffee too, and if the caffeine and sugar don't get you, the cute, colourful interior will .

140 Auburn Road, Hawthorn, no phone.

LEANNE CLANCEY