I popped into the beautiful French café By Josephine this week and was transported to France during my visit. French owner Josephine arrived in Melbourne in 2009 with the intention of travelling around Australia. But after falling in love with our beautiful city, she decided to stay put and create her delicious range of macarons instead.
After making her macarons for wholesale, Josephine opened her elegant French café in 2012 to offer Melbournians her selection of macarons, patisseries, meringues, biscuits, caramel sauces, chutneys and let's not forget her sablés and cannelés!
Josephine and her team make all macarons by hand and on some days make anything from 1,500 to 1,800 macarons to supply cafés around Melbourne and her own. On other days, she is busy making pâtisseries as well as food for the café and high teas. Josephine also hosts a macaron making class to small groups of macaron lovers every month.
Being a Croque Monsieur lover, I had to try Josephine's. The Croque Monsieur had a crispy crust, soft centre, creamy braised leek béchamel with free range ham topped with more leek béchamel and gruyère. There was no mustard in the béchamel which was a nice change that let the braised leek shine. The grain mustard vinaigrette through the salad went very well with the Croque. I will be back for more for sure, just delicious!
Josephine has a full sweet & savoury menu which has Croque Monsieur/Madame and Mademoiselle as a well as a specials board which on the day sported free range ham or chicken baguettes as well as an asparagus goats cheese with toast soup (yum!). I was very tempted by the ice cream macaron with salted butter caramel and the beautiful meringues but opted to take some macarons and sablés home instead.
I bought a packet of 12 sablés and as I am writing this just two days after visiting By Josephine, they are all gone! Very addictive with so much buttery goodness!
Now for the pièce de résistance: Josephine's macarons! I now know why she is busy making her macarons around the clock - they are delicious! Josephine's beautifully handmade macarons have great texture and flavour. It's hard work when you have to test a dozen macarons when each one is so delicious but someone has to do it ha!
If I could only choose one macaron from Josephine's range, it would have to be Rosewater - unbelievably good! The texture of the shell is very smooth but the best part of it is the Turkish delight buttercream!
Tip: For the best experience, eat your macarons straight up otherwise you can refrigerative them up to 3 days (if they last that long in your house) and leave them out for 20-30 mins before you eat them.
I also tried the gingerbread and cherry chocolate macarons (part of the Christmas range) which were also very nice. I am seriously considering ordering one of Josephine's bûches de Noël (Yule logs) soon, I hear she makes a salted butter caramel bûche de Noël with macaron shells - yum!
I really enjoyed chatting with Josephine, she has such a warming and kind personality. I will definitely be back to try one of her lemon meringue tarts, meringues and grab some cannelés, sablés and macarons for home.
By Josephine is located at 365 Sydney Road in Brunswick. There is free or paying parking available on Sydney road or in Wilkinson street off Albert street.
For more info about By Josephine, checkout her website.