We've visited French Lettuce once before, and that time we had their baguettes, which we liked. Firm crusts, chewy insides. Light, fresh fillings. We went for a baguette again - one with chicken, avocado, salad leaves and tomato, splashed with just the right amount of honey mustard dressing.
|fresh and delicious chicken baguette.|
We also tried one of their sandwiches with frittata, pesto, semi-dried tomato and salad. I would probably have preferred a denser bread here, but the fillings were, again, well-executed.
|a soft sandwich with a very nice filling combo of frittata, pesto and semi-dried tomato.|
And of course, there are desserts. Oh, the desserts! We briefly admired the macarons, but decided to give them a miss...
|an assortment of macarons.|
And I very, very nearly went for these sticky date and pear puddings - they looked so deliciously moist. I'll have to come back to try them.
|sticky date and pear pudding.|
But then the sour cherry and pistachio tart caught my eye - it just looked stunning. What can I say? I'm superficial like that. Upon digging in, I found that while the crumbled pistachios were pleasant enough, they didn't do much for me in this context; however, the sour cherries were a winner - they provided such a lovely contrast to the vanilla cream hidden underneath.
|pistachio and sour cherry tart.|
French Lettuce is famous for their vanilla slices, with great reviews from Herald Sun and The Age. I'm not a vanilla slice connoisseur, but I can say that I enjoyed this, and so did Simon: the gentle crunch of the flaky pastry together with that fluffy and not-too-sweet custard made it quite the refined experience.
|French Lettuce's famous vanilla slice.|
Oh, and the rest of that Sunday was good, too. I met up with friends, had fun in the sun, and ate ice cream. Lovely!