Fo0die dined as a guest of Le Clec and as such, the rating does not give any consideration to customer service.
Easily accessible via tram with a tram stop (route 16) located just at the front of the cafe and Glenferrie train station nearby, Le Clec is located on a strip filled with restaurants and shops.
1P parking is available on Glenferrie Road with 2P ticket parking also available where Chemist Warehouse is located (first hour is free, $2.80 per hour after that and remember to bring correct change if you choose to park here as the machine does not provide change and the credit card payment was not working when we went).
The outside of the cafe offers a small amount of tables by the street and a small amount of seats at the front of the cafe with the cashier and coffee counter beyond that greeting customers.
The decor of the cafe is a combination of eye pleasing white, teal and timber with lovely white painted brick walls and some lovely wall art painted on the walls.
The cafe itself is not very wide but the cafe makes up for this with the depth. A hall to the side of the coffee/cashier leads guests to a dining room where a beautiful wine rack occupies one of the back walls (yes the cafe is licensed!). Walking further towards the back, leads to a lovely undercover courtyard which the cafe also uses for functions and events. The courtyard is dog friendly with an external gate for furry guests.
We went on a very warm day and noted split systems available in all dining areas (although the front of the cafe did not have the aircon switched on that day; which may have been a little too warm for some, it was for us!) with exception of the courtyard where it was a little humid (think greenhouse temperature).
Le Clec’s one paged Asian influenced (think miso, kimchi, okonomiyaki) A4 sized menu offers three main sections; one for dishes containing eggs, appropriately titled ‘Egg n More’, a main section, titled ‘Main Things’ and sides. And for the little ones, Le Clec also offers a kid section.
Drinks live on a separate menu with the usual coffee, milkshake, tea and juice on offer. Being a licensed venue, sparkling, white, rose, red, beer and also sake (bringing the Asian influence through into the drink section as well).
Le Clec serves complimentary sparkling water (or tap water if you prefer) to all guests. We opted for the tap water and started off our meal with some cold drinks. Iced matcha latte (which was not yet on the menu at the time we dined) for the Mr who enjoyed it thoroughly on such a hot day. Milky with a good matcha flavour that went nicely with the ice cream and most importantly for Mr J, it was not overly sweet. I opted for the popular detox juice which was refreshing and tasted very nice.
From the menu we ordered two main dishes and a side. The okonamiyaki was a delicious fusion of sweetcorn fritters meets Japanese sashimi and nori while the ‘katsu’ side was beautifully and lightly crumbed, giving it the crispiness and went perfectly with our selection of meals.
We are always afraid of ordering duck dishes as they are hard to cook perfectly. But we had nothing to worry about, Le Clec’s duck was beautifully cooked and nicely seasoned. The dish has been well thought out (in my opinion) and with the duck and panna cotta by itself both on the saltier side and the salad on the more vinegary side, we can only assume that the dish is designed to be eaten together (great for me but for someone like Mr J who does not mix salad with meats, he struggled a little).
We finished off with something from Le Clec’s sweets cabinet which contains all the sweets that they make in-house (with the exception of an item or two that they order in). We had the citrus cruller and it was deep fried fluffy goodness!
Loving what this cafe is offering and will be keen to see what they add to the menu (they were in the process of updating the menu when we went).
Dishes that make up this review
- Iced matcha latte with ice cream ($7)
- Detox; beetroot, apple and carrot ($6.50)
- Sweetcorn okonamiyaki; yellowfin tuna sashimi, avocado and sesame whip, poached eggs, toasted nori and puffed quinoa furikake ($19)
- Mac and cheese katsu with kewpie ($6)
- 5 spice dusted duck; pomegranate, shaved fennel, pickled green apple and a beetroot panna cotta ($20)
- Citrus cruller with matcha crumble ($4.50)