Let’s be frank, the French do bread best. So its always a good thing when one moves into town. Admittedly, I had never heard of Gontran Cherrier until I walked into his stylish 3 month old space here in Collingwood. It’s not your usual bakery though, this place is in a league of its own. Bread here is made with ingredients such as squid ink, red miso, molasses, and the usual flour and seeds of course.
Cherrier is growing his empire globally, and his move to Melbourne earlier this year is his first venture in Australia. The large open space features pale timber furnishings, potted plants, and a large neon light that instructs “Let them eat croissants”.
The glass cabinets houses freshly made croissants, tarts, cheesecake, Cannelé, Millefeuille, and more. Breakfast is served from 7am, and includes the School prawn omelette; Smoked beef & marrow croquettes; and Bruleed French toast with créme anglaise. After 11:30am the Lunch menu kicks in, and choices range from the House made terrine; Biodynamic falafel salad; through to Cape grim steak bavette with pomme frites.
Of course theres a selection of hot sanwiches available all day, such as the Croque Monsieur, Croque Madame, and Croissants with gruyère cheese and ham.
Gontran Cherrier boulangeries Collingwood has its own unique take on baked goods, using native Australian ingredients. Thankfully for me, its also a café, serving St Ali coffee via the La Marzocco Linea PB. Their Orthodox blend, which is made up of 40% Colombian Valle de Laboyos and 60% Brazilian Fazenda Sertaozinho, delivered a smooth long black, with deep caramel tones.
Gontran Cherrier Boulanger
Shop 4, 140–144 Smith St
Collingwood VIC 3066