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L’apres Midi

Say bonjour to a spell-binding gateaux range guaranteed to stretch the dessert-loving du jour à la nuit.

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Our experience

Popping up most unexpectedly on a CBD street more commonly frequented by raucous theatre-goers or local Chinese citizens popping out of a myriad of cheap and cheerful eateries, L’apres Midi is a new French-style patisserie. Peeking through a glass windowed frontage, one doesn’t see much — a bright white neon sign spelling out the shop’s name and a black black black wall. Stroll inside, and behold, a glaringly colourful, meticulous cake display guaranteed to make your eyes boggle and your blood scream for sugar. L’apres Midi caters equally for sweet fiends eager for a take-away option, as well as for a sit-down rendezvous in an adjacent red retro lounge area.

L'apres Midi - the frontage

L’apres Midi – the frontage

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The beautiful things from L’apres Midi are packaged in some of the most fabulous parcels of any patisserie in Melbourne — sturdy black boxes are embossed with a silver foil cameo and open like mini treasure chests. Cakes are reasonably priced, at the mid-range of around $7-$8.50 a piece. Having visited a number of times to sample most of the cakes on offer, we feature our top picks below.

L'apres Midi - the shop

L’apres Midi – the shop

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L'apres Midi - the shop

L’apres Midi – the shop

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L'apres Midi - the shop

L’apres Midi – the shop

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L'apres Midi - the shop

L’apres Midi – the shop

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The columnal cakes are L’apres Midi’s forte. The signature cake is known as the “L’apres Midi” ($9.00), an indulgent chocolate log with chocolate ganache alternately layered with a creamy chocolate mousse before ending in a feuilletine base.

L'apres Midi - the "L'apres Midi"

L’apres Midi – the “L’apres Midi”

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L'apres Midi - the "L'apres Midi"

L’apres Midi – the “L’apres Midi”

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Don’t however miss the “Praline Passion” ($8.50), a creation layered with milk chocolate, passionfruit, coconut and hazelnut. The cake base is a touch wet, arguably under-cooked, though.

L'apres Midi - the "Praline"

L’apres Midi – the “Praline Passion”

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L'apres Midi - the "Praline"

L’apres Midi – the “Praline Passion”

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The “Vanilla Berry” ($8.50) is a perfect summer treat, and one of MoMo & Coco’s favourite cakes from L’apres Midi. Almond joconde, raspberry gelee, and a gelatin mousse layer studded with a trio of plump berries.

L'apres Midi - the "Raspberry"

L’apres Midi – the “Raspberry Berry”

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L'apres Midi - the "Raspberry"

L’apres Midi – the “Vanilla Berry”

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L'apres Midi - the "Raspberry"

L’apres Midi – the “Vanilla Berry”

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The “Millefeuille” ($7.00) at L’apres Midi is constructed in a contemporary manner — crispy pastry are cut into laser thin slices, layered most carefully in a stack, and sandwiches a pillowy bed of vanilla cream droplets.

L'apres Midi - the "Millefeuile"

L’apres Midi – the “Millefeuile”

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L'apres Midi - the "Millefeuile"

L’apres Midi – the “Millefeuile”

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The “Tiramisu” ($8.50) is a little duller in comparison. The coffee-flavoured component ought to be more pronounced.

L'apres Midi - the "Tiramisu"

L’apres Midi – the “Tiramisu”

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L'apres Midi - the "Tiramisu"

L’apres Midi – the “Tiramisu”

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Special mention to the Eclairs ($7.00). They replaced the typical vanilla custard cream centers for chocolate ganache or other flavoured cream to correspond with the eclair flavour chosen. It makes for a more powerful flavour experience, certainly. Pictured below are the “Pistachio Eclair” and the “Chocolate Eclair.”

L'apres Midi - the "Eclairs"

L’apres Midi – the “Eclairs”

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L'apres Midi - the "Eclair"

L’apres Midi – the “Eclair”

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L'apres Midi - the "Eclair"

L’apres Midi – the “Eclair”

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Special mention also to the Strawberry Cheesecake ($8.50), which was a recommendation by one of L’apres Midi’s staff members. Far from the sometimes heavy New York or Continental cheesecake style, it reminded us of the Chinoiserie version of cheesecakes found in East Asia. This one was a particular delight. An exceedingly light but still creamy texture imparting subtle but true tones of strawberry. The cheesecake is layered on a cake base, and also comes accompanied with a pipette squirter of strawberry puree. A must-eat.

L'apres Midi - the "Strawberry Cheesecake"

L’apres Midi – the “Strawberry Cheesecake”

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L'apres Midi - the "Strawberry Cheesecake"

L’apres Midi – the “Strawberry Cheesecake”

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We will quickly mention that L’apres Midi does offer macarons ($3 each), but they did not find favour with us. In fact, they didn’t last half a day from the time of purchase, disintegrating into a sticky, lurid mess. Such a pity. It might have just been that batch that we bought, but we would recommend skipping the macarons and focusing your attention on the cakes.

L'apres Midi - the macarons

L’apres Midi – the macarons

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L’apres Midi also offers little savoury bites for $4-$6 a piece, thus an ideal way to start or round-off a decadent afternoon tea. As a patisserie first and foremost though, be forewarned that the savoury bites are by comparison, underwhelming.

L'apres Midi - savoury mini burgers

L’apres Midi – savoury mini burgers

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L'apres Midi - an afternoon tea with L'apres Midi

L’apres Midi – an afternoon tea with L’apres Midi

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Our verdict

Notwithstanding that it is a relative newcomer, L’apres Midi clearly has a working patisserie repertoire. We love it especially because its sweet things suits all different tastes, rather than merely and only focusing on the mousse cakes that are all the rage at new patisseries such as Chez Dre and Burch & Purchese.  Sugar we love, but gelatin just leaves a bad taste in our mouths. The western end of the CBD has long satisfied itself with the likes of Le Petit Gateau, and the central end with the more tourist-focused Laurent and Brunetti. For the eastern end of Melbourne’s CBD, say bonjour to L’apres Midi, a little wonderland of delightful cakes.

  • Dessert adventure checklist
  1. Dessert destination: L’apres Midi Patisserie, 169 Russell Street, Melbourne CBD, Vic 3000.
  2. Budget: $
  3. Sweet irresistibles: Cake.
  4. Must-eat: Vanilla Berry and Strawberry Cheesecake cake log.
  5. The short and sweet story: Say bonjour to a little wonderland with a spell-binding gateaux range guaranteed to stretch the dessert-loving from jour à la nuit.
L'apres Midi - for exquisite French-style cakes

L’apres Midi – for exquisite French-style cakes

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11 comments on “L’apres Midi

  1. BakingTray
    March 18, 2013

    A friend and I just went here last month! We were spoilt for choice because there were just so many cakes!!! I didn’t actually get to taste any that were featured in this blog :( But we did try the mango cheesecake which I really liked. I loved the little pipette that you use to squirt mango sauce over :)
    I think i shall go for another visit sometime ^^

    • MoMo & Coco
      March 19, 2013

      Hi again Baking Tray! Yes, the range of cakes at L’apres Midi is quite mind-boggling. The log-shaped ones were better than the others though, perhaps it is because we preferred “cakes” rather than “mousse” gateaux. Let us know how your next visit goes! Thanks for your continued readership ~ MoMo & Coco.

  2. Bombay Chowparty
    March 18, 2013

    Lovely pictures and some inspiring ideas for assembly and presentation of cakes. I especially like the construction of the vanilla berry, and the cheesecake. And so agree with you on the lacklustre gelatinous texture and consistency of moussecakes. So glad someone’s voiced that.

    • MoMo & Coco
      March 19, 2013

      Hi BC – thanks for your lovely comments. Be sure to check out our other cake shop/high tea reviews if you are after ideas for cake presentations. Thank you for dropping by! MoMo & Coco.

  3. Ashley
    March 19, 2013

    Oh what a wonderful little spot this looks like! I’m normally on the east side of town, so so nice to have a sweet option without having to trek over to Le Petit gateau now! Hope to pop by soon!

    • MoMo & Coco
      March 19, 2013

      Hi Ashley – yes, it is a somewhat strange spot. We only bumped into it earlier this year when we were taking a walk at this north-east end of town. It seems to be flying under the radar quite a bit. Let us know if you visit, and what you think. Cheers, MoMo & Coco.

  4. cc11
    March 19, 2013

    The L’apres Midi has my name written all over it :)

    • MoMo & Coco
      March 19, 2013

      Hi cc11 – haha, yes take your next afternoon tea (l’apres midi) there, and let us know how you go. Be warned that not all the cakes are great though (or maybe, not to our preference), hence why our above review selects the one that we loved more. Thanks for your readership ~ MoMo & Coco.

  5. Yii-Huei
    May 12, 2013

    All the desserts look so delicious, but the strawberry cheesecake looks absolutely to die for! The cakes reminds me of Le petit gateau, which I’m a huge fan of!

  6. Cindy
    September 5, 2013

    Hi, I’m thinking of going to your store for high tea in a few weeks because you cakes just look so good! Just wondering what’s the price of your high tea package? Do you get to choose items from the menu or it comes with a set?
    Cheers

    • MoMo & Coco
      September 9, 2013

      Hi Cindy – Thanks for your comment. We are independent dessert/restaurant reviewers, and therefore are no way affiliated with the venues that we review. If you wish to make a reservation, please contact the venue directly. Thank you for your readership ~ MoMo & Coco.

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