I've been wanting to try Chez Dré but had always thought it was just patisserie and breakfast or brunch is usually savoury for me so when I realised there were savoury dishes it quickly became a must do on the list.
We arrived about11:45 am and the friendly lady said it would be a ten minute wait. She took our mobile number and we went for a walk. A very expensive walk as it turned out as browsing the gift shops resulted in various purchases...Breakfast at Chez Dré was expensive and we hadn't even eaten!
The text informing us our table was ready came about 15 - 20 minutes later and we were shown to table 15. The inside of Chez Dré is large and airy. Tables are well spaced apart so it doesn't feel too cramped. The space makes it less frantic than other busy breakfast joints. Our drinks order was taken quickly and the orange juice I ordered arrived in lightning time.
The food order was taken quickly too. Steve went for corn and jalapeno brioche with Mexican style balck eyed beans, tomato salsa, guacamole, oulled pork and a fried egg. I went for the Chez Dré grand petit dejeuner - poached eggs on sourdough, bacon, spicy lamb sausages, potatoes, sauteed mushrooms, smashed avocado with goats cheese and tomato relish.
The food took a while to arrive. The table next to us ordered just a little ahead of us and they got a bit tetchy waiting for their dishes.
When the dishes arrived, were they worth the wait. Steve's pulled pork dish looked colourful and certainly the forkful I had was tasty with some great flavours.
The big breakfast had some great qualities. The sausages were yummy densely meaty with great spicy flavour. The eggs were perfectly poached. The tomato relish went great with the meat aspects of the plate. The not so great parts - the avocado was bland and I couldn't taste the goats cheese and the potatoes were a bit anaemic and soggy.
The patisserie counter looks amazing and it's so tempting to buy takeaway in spite of having full stomachs. We took home a roast chicken baguette and two eclairs!
Chez Dré is a great brunch / breakfast stop. I think next time I'd bring newspapers or something to read and just settle in and let the food come when it's ready!
We chose the salted caramel eclair and a vanilla eclair. They vanille one decided to deconstruct in the box and the vanilla cream came away from the eclair. Not a problem as we pushed it back on!
The eclairs were delicious - light and with different textures. Eclairs are difficult as often they can taste of dry old pastry and bland cream but this was flavoured well and was soft and gooey with some crunchy biscuit like bites.