I was recently invited to the Mallalieu Boutique & Artisan Deli in Hawthorn East. This beautiful French inspired boutique, deli & café is run by mother and daughter Kathy and Hannah. I love the French influence they have carried out throughout the boutique, you can tell it is an extension of their style and their French heritage (hence the name Mallalieu).
Mallalieu opened in December last year and offers a unique selection of French fashion with brands such as Lara Ethnics and Talia Benson as well as locally sourced brands.
Throughout the boutique, you can also find beautiful French or French inspired gifts and homewares such as cookbooks and soaps.
My favourite part of the store is the pantry where you can find French imported cornichons and mustard from Edmond Fallot, Labeyrie Terrine de Canard and my favourite drink Orangina.
You can then walk though to the artisan deli where you can enjoy a coffee or a bite to eat or pick up some more ingredients to make your own cheese platter at home.
The deli counter is filled with cured meats as well as French and Australian butter and cheese from Yarra Valley Dairy, Meredith dairy, Woombye Cheese and The Barossa Valley Cheese Co.
The Spring menu included some French items like a plain or ham & cheese croissant from Rustica Sourdough, a Croque Monsieur / Croque Madame or a Mallalieu board which comprises of cheeses with duck pistachio & green pepper terrine, rolada, cornichons, olives, salad and baguette - sounds delicious!
Off the café, you will find a secluded backyard where you can unwind, enjoy a cup of coffee or if you are not a coffee drinker like me, enjoy an Orangina and some French food.
I've saved the best for last - the food! I chose to try their Croque Monsieur which is made using Rustica Sourdough bread (which has a great crust and soft crumb), local ham, freshly made béchamel, Edmond Fallot Dijon mustard all topped with beautifully melted 18 month old Marcel Petite Comté gruyère! Yep you've probably guessed it by the ingredients - it was amazing!
I was very impressed as it was well made, had great flavours, the béchamel was not too thick, the cheese was just the right amount and well melted. You could tell that only the best ingredients were used to make it. Hannah and her team should be proud as I would happily have their croque monsieur on a weekly basis if only I lived closer!
Mallalieu Boutique & Artisan Deli is a great boutique where fashion and food work well together. You can easily come in for a browse and leave relaxed, well fed and with a bag full of fashion and deli products!
Mallalieu is located in Auburn Village at 113 Auburn Road in Hawthorn East. Check them out on Instagram or Facebook.