Pierrick Boyer, Prahran
Headed up by recent winner of Pastry Chef of the Year, Pierrick Boyer, his newly opened namesake cafe in Prahran is showcasing his signature cakes and pastries alongside some more substantial items on their brunch menu.
Food: Selection of pastries, tarts and cakes, ricotta hotcakes, croque madame, smoked ham croquettes, breakfast burger and wagyu beef burger.
Bright and airy, Pierrick Boyer’s new venture is worlds away from pocket sized Le Petit Gateau, his previous home. With ample seating, offering plenty of large group tables and a huge kitchen, adjoined by a dedicated cooking class area, this Prahran cafe makes an impressive first impression.
We started with a range of the pastries on offer – and there is plenty of choice – from the humble croissant to an indulgent triple chocolate brioche. Made with French butter, the focus here is on authenticity and I can confirm these wouldn’t be out of place in a Parisian bakery! Out highlights were the apple turnover and hazelnut croissant – we loved the moistness of the apple one, and the creativeness of the hazelnut.
We then moved on to sample a range of dishes from the brunch menu. Separated into “naughty” and “nice” there are still options for the health conscious if you aren’t fancying a french pastry inspired blow out! We obviously dodged this section and instead tried the hotcakes, croque madame, smoked ham croquettes, breakfast burger and wagyu beef burger.
We loved the contrast between the two burgers. The wagyu burger is a real hearty, almost pub food style dish and while it’s a simple burger (they’re not a burger joint) the brioche bun and thick meat patty make this a tasty, filling option. The breakfast burger on the other hand is a light, delicate option. Still packing in the flavour with a zingy tomato relish and crispy maple bacon, it also had that airiness you sometimes need for an early morning breakfast dish.
You can taste the french influences in both the Croque Madame and the Ham Hock Croquettes (although I remember my Year 8 French teacher teaching us about Croque Madame and Croque Monsieur so I think even just the name transports me instantly into French mode). Both are quite rich dishes. The croquettes – from the sharing menu – are large with a good serve of ham and a nice crisp, they’d be great to bulk out one of the lighter options or as a savoury snack before trying some of the sweets. The Croque Madame is just such an iconic dish; it looks great, and it never fails to amaze me how filling what is essentially a toasted sandwich can be.
The ricotta hotcakes were our favourite dish. They are so pretty, and while they develop a good sweetness from the syrup, Pierrick admits he doesn’t like overly sweet dishes. The hotcakes themselves are actually quite neutral in flavour – more along the lines of a sweet bread than an obvious dessert, and the fresh fruit, nuts and seeds not only bring texture but give the dish a little healthy kick too.
Finally we squeezed in some of the fabulous cakes including the Charlotte Tiffany and my favourite, the Charlotte Fraise, named after Pierrick’s daughter. Almost all the cakes are dedicated to meeting some sort of dietary requirement so there are nut free, gluten free and vegan options available. We also tried the rich tiramisu tart and the zingy lemon tart. These are a little bigger and heavier than the cakes if you are looking for something a bit more filling, or go with the Charlotte Fraise for a light, strawberry-ice-cream-tasting bite!
Address: 31 Izett Street, Prahran
Mon 7:30am to 4pm
Tue 7:30am to 4pm
Wed 7:30am to 4pm
Thu 7:30am to 4pm
Fri 7:30am to 4pm
Sat 8am to 4pm
Sun 8am to 4pm
Parking: Prahran can be a bit of pain to park, especially with the roadworks of late, but most of the nearby side streets do have short term (1 or 2P) parking. Alternatively try behind Prahran market, where there’s paid parking and streets are a little less hectic right now.
Getting here on PT: I’m pretty sure it’s close enough to Prahran Station (Sandringham Line) to hear the boom gates, it’s also a nice quick walk from either the 78 tram or the 72 tram (even the 6 tram and South Yarra train station are both walkable)
Disclaimer: We dined as guests of Pierrick Boyer. Reviews are honest and based on our own personal experiences. We cannot guarantee things at a cafe won’t change including, but not limited to, menu items and opening hours, so please confirm any details with the venue before visiting.