Bakemono is a new Japanese inspired bakery just across their sister venue of Little Rogue on Drewery Lane. The bakery was revamped from a garage designed with wooden panelling at the shopfront to mock the feel of Japan. It sure reminds me of Kyoto.
When I read about Bakemono, I was first attracted to their Yuzu Almond Croissant. For those who know me well, I love everything with Yuzu! But i was quite disappointed when I first visited that it was sold out by 1.30PM on a Sunday afternoon! I then resorted to the shokupan which is japanese milk bread, $10. Whilst it was way passed my breakfast time, I bought it for my supper. Dipping it with honey or melted dark chocolate. For those who have never tried shokupan before, it tends towards a sweet bread than savoury. So I took it as a chance to make it a dessert at home.
The bread was very fresh. Super soft after heating it up. We pretty much finished the whole bread between J and I.
On my second visit, I was stoked that the Yuzu Almond Croissant, $7 was available! The Croissant was sliced in half with the almond and yuzu paste. I couldn’t taste a lot of the yuzu in the pastry, wouldn’t mind the zing to be a bit more prominent. But you can tell there’s something else beyond almond at every bite. The pastry was very flaky, I made a mess of eating it – classic.
Because of my first visit that everything was sold out, I got carried away… I purchased a danish just because of FOMO. The sound of the Mixed berries with nutella custard and raspberry jam, $6 was quite sweet, so I asked the staff what they thought of it. The staff told me it’s not too sweet as she’s not much of a sweet tooth and enjoys it. So it reassured me. When i got home to try it, the staff was right. The nutella custard was right in the centre of the danish, tasted like the Yogo chocolate yoghurts that I had when I was young. The raspberry jam was a dollop amount underneath the berries and that gave the pastry some acidity. Again the pastry itself was flaky, even more of a mess than the croissant 🙂
J and I both agreed that the Mixed berries with nutella custard and raspberry jam was our favourite. I like their pricing on in too. I’d order this one again and try their Korean garlic bread next time – it seems to be sold out every time!
J also tried their Soy Houjicha latte, approx $6.50. It was nice but just over towards the sweet side. If there is an option to have less sugar/sweetness, we’d probably try it again. Otherwise, we found it a little overpriced compared to other cafes.
Location: 273 Little Lonsdale st, Melbourne VIC 3000
Opposite Little Rogue: 12 Drewery Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
Entree: 4/5 (Shokupan)
Dessert: 4/5 (Two croissants)
Beverage: 3/5 (Houjicha Latte)