Hidden out in the quiet suburb of Pascoe Vale, lies a genuine taste of French hospitality in what could be ultimately be named “the perfect local”. Think cheesy croque monsieur, decadent truffle scrambled eggs, and genuinely flavourful shakshuka (a secret recipe from part owner and chef, Guy Trinquet) mixed amongst locals within its cosy decor.
These local visitors are also the same people who are lucky enough to test out the variable flavour wheel of Le Jolie’s freshly produced waffles and quite possibly, Melbourne’s best rice pudding. On this specific occasion, Nutella Ferrero Rocher waffles were on offer, along with the usual Belgium chocolate, and salted caramel combinations; but the real prize was the rice pudding, a flavourful vanilla with orange and lemon zest. The taste was wonderfully fragrant, and is a must try.
The cafe also boasts a wide array of croissants and pastries that are also sold via wholesale, including madeleines, danishes, and an amazing almond croissant that also delivers a jammy surprise.
Suburban cafes often create an interesting tension of being strongly favoured by locals, but often underwhelming to those who live outside of its local confines. Travel plays a huge part in determining whether a particular spot is is worthy of its praise, and Le Jolie Cafe, thankfully, delivers a great experience regardless of which part of Melbourne you might be visiting from. There’s a real “classic” vibe here, without any of the pretension; you can genuinely see owners Kathleen and Guy’s love for their customers.
In a Sentence: Don’t let this pass you by, it’s a must visit when you’re in the area.
Verdict: Would Go Back
Melbourne Food Blogger dined as a guest at Le Jolie Cafe