Located at the Coventry Street entrance to Chez Dré, Bibelot is an opulent destination for all-things-sweet; an artisanal pâtisserie, gelateria, coffee bar, chocolate shop, high tea salon and a library of coffee table books for any dessert aficionado.
Presented by the creative team behind Chez Dré, Bibelot houses a retail space of beautifully packaged and crafted gourmet gifts; from chocolate bars to enrobed fruit and nuts, decadent biscuits, locally-sourced honey as well as specialty coffee and teas. Alternatively, one may be inclined to browse the Bibelot library, dedicated solely to ‘hard to find’, professional chocolate and patisserie books. The Bibelot High Tea Salon hosts lavish afternoon teas, with gourmet sweet and savory treats as well as tea, coffee and champagne.
Paying homage to classic French pâtisserie – Bibelot focuses on combining high quality ingredients and delicate flavours, with artisanship and attention to detail at the core of every product that makes it’s way into the showcase. With a wide range of petits gâteaux, bonbons, macarons and delicate biscuits – there is sure to be a treat to satisfy each and every sweet tooth.
Staying true to Bibelot’s European roots, the space designed by Melbourne’s Breathe Architecture boasts an elaborate interior of custom mosaics with art deco influences. From the beautifully crafted recycled timber floors, to the large scale custom designed mosaic wall feature by Fabian Scaunich from Mosaic Republic, every detail of the fit out is representative of the brand ethos – intricacy, opulence and carefully handcrafted creations.
Each product display case has been custom designed for the space, and hand crafted in Italy, by Isa. Plush emerald green upholstered banquette seating and armchairs create a decadent High Tea Salon.
Bibelot is the perfect addition to the food scene and boutique streetscape of South Melbourne, providing the taste of classic French pâtisserie, with a quintessentially Melbourne flair.
Chef Pâtissière, Andrea (Dre) Reiss, is well qualified to be serving up some of Melbourne’s best sweet treats.
After a short stint in Melbourne working along side Daniel Wilson (Huxtable and Huxtaburger), in Jacques Reymond’s ‘Arintji’ at Federation Square, Andrea moved to London to pursue the dream of living and working in Europe.
Dre’s first port of call was the Michelin starred ‘Green House’ in Mayfair where, by chance, a spot in pastry under the leadership of Thierry Besselievre and sous-chef, Sarah Bartlett had just become available. Wanting to get straight into the world of Michelin stars, Andrea took the opportunity and flourished. It was here that she found a whole new world of creativity and exploration. Andrea recalls, ‘I was able to start experimenting with training wheels on and amazing support from the other chefs. I would present an idea or a flavour and then we would all work on the execution.’
It was Yauatcha, run by the infamous Alan Yau, where Andrea would take a leap from the kitchen into the world of the pastry shop. Stephane Sucheta, the executive pastry chef and ex-consultant to Pierre Herme, headed the kitchen with his ingenious take on ‘fusion’ desserts; marrying Asian inspired ingredients with classic-French techniques.
Ready for another challenge, Andrea moved on to the prestigious Lanesborough Hotel on Hyde Park Corner, run by the 5 star luxury hotel chain, the Oetker Collection. With the kitchen headed by executive chef Paul Gaylor and pastry chef Graham Hornigold, here Dre was able to explore another side to the hospitality world; banqueting, high tea, room service and room amenities, as well as, breakfast, lunch and dinner service.
Dre returned home to Melbourne after gaining invaluable perspicacity and experience working in some of the most esteemed restaurants in London and Paris, and Chez Dré was born. As Chez Dré flourished, it became apparent that the delicate gâteaux were getting lost amongst the busy cafe atmosphere. Dre decided it was time to give them their own space to shine & the concept for Bibelot began to evolve. After years of planning and hard work, Bibelot opened its doors in May 2015.