Fo0die dined as a guest of Provence Artisan Bakers Cafe and as such, the rating does not give any consideration to customer service.
We arrived at the venue on a Sunday and found parking easily on Broadway which had all day parking on a Sunday.
The cosy Provence Artisan Bakers Cafe has been opened for 7 years with a sibling store in Hawthorn which opened a year ago. With the aim to be known as an artisan bakery, the venue is named after a small town in France. So what does artisan bakery mean? It refers to bakery goods that are made by hand using the traditional methods. Everything is baked on site fresh daily at this bakery cafe.
We approached the venue which looked like a traditional European bakery from the outside with a few tables out the front.
On entry to the cosy venue, there’s a large display counter of all the freshly baked goods on the right with some round tables on the left and around the back of the counter.
The venue did not have a menu, instead diners shop the glass display cabinet and the specials written out on top of the display cabinet. If you are after a cafe style menu, their Hawthorn location offers that as well as their artisan baked goodies.
One of their specials on the day we dined was the pumpkin soup which was served with a choice of bread roll. The pumpkin soup was everything you would expect from this style of soup; a smooth consistency, well seasoned and not too thick in texture which all paired nicely with the fresh bread roll (who can resist fresh bread?!).
After looking through the venue’s display cabinet of wraps, sandwich, quiches through to muffins, doughnuts and tarts, we settled for their chicken quiche which was served with a side salad and their beef sausage rolls which was available in small pieces as well as the full roll. The quiche had bits of chicken in the eggy filling while the sausage rolls had a juicy beef mince filling.
One of the venue’s most popular item is their Portuguese tart (their other popular item is their sourdough loaf) but we also witnessed the doughnuts going equally as fast (we only managed to just secure the last custard filled doughnut!). The tart was so flakey, filled with a strong and sweet custard filling (no wonder they’re so popular!) while the doughnut was fluffy with a slightly crispy crust on the outside, filled with a generous amount of custard.
Although we honestly arrived at the venue expecting a brunch style menu (bit of mis-communication), we enjoyed the artisan bakery cafe style food which is a nice and welcomed change from the usual cafe visits we normally do.
Dishes that make up this review
- Pumpkin soup served with a bread roll
- Chicken quiche
- Beef sausage rolls
- Portuguese tart
- Custard filled doughnut