I met up with a group of girls in the town the other week, for a long overdue chat over coffee. Collectively, I will refer to this group of ladies as The Mysterious Girls – which was the name they adopted for one of their recent sporting endeavours.
The Mysterious Girls are an amazing group of fit, young, professional women – by day they are accountants and lawyers, but by night they ride around the bay, they run half marathons, train in hardcore men’s boxing gyms and rule out living in certain suburbs because they don’t have decent gyms. Their sporting and fitness prowess is impressive to say the least. I feel like a bit of a sloth in comparison, given that the most heavy lifting I do these days is pouring a glass of wine, or carrying my bags of shopping out of DJs and my cardio consists of dashing for shelter when it starts to rain to avoid getting my beloved suede wedges wet.
Anyway, back to the food story at hand…
I suggested meeting up at Le Petit Gateau (“LPG“), so that I could finally try the much raved about Brownie and Passionfruit Chocolate Gateau. Here it is in all of its layered glory –
The gateau is a delicate chocolate mousse style cake. It consists of a rich brownie base, layer of crispy praline and a layer of smooth passionfruit custard. The gateau is then covered in a layer of smooth chocolate ganache and topped with a sliver of tangy passionfruit jelly. I know it sounds disgustingly rich, but trust me, it somehow all works.
Amazingly, I could not lead any of The Mysterious Girls astray and convince them to order a slice of the gateau – which made me feel incredibly greedy as I wolfed down my gateau, as they all sat elegantly sipping their skinny lattes and cappuccinos. Unfortunately, will power is one thing which I am sadly lacking. I have to say though, even without a piece of cake – the coffees are very good on their own – particularly when measured by the Law Firm End of the City standards (AKA the non-Paris end of Collins Street) which tend to be pretty poor. This is the flat white I ordered (on full fat milk). Strong, creamy and delicious.
Fortunately, The Brooding Archiect has just started a new job in town. With his sweet tooth I am sure I will be able to convince him to share a piece of cake (or two) next time I head to LPG.