This originally appeared on my old blog from 2015, sadly that website is long gone and so are most of the images.
I’ve walked past Moi by Fabrice Patisserie Fine many times, and it’s always very busy. It seems to be very popular with women with dogs (it has a dog-friendly outdoor seating area out the front) but people without dogs also go there.
French bakeries/patisseries are not really my thing. My female friend had recently recommended this place to me. She goes there with her grandmother a lot. I forgot to bring lunch today, so myself and a colleague went down the street to find somewhere new to try. For the first time ever, this place wasn’t completely packed, so we thought we’d better try it out whilst it was quiet.
We had a lot of trouble trying to figure out what we wanted. I had my eyes on a panini with salami in it, and they also had a really good looking lasagna- but both looked a bit small, so I went with the Croque Monsieur – a toasted ham and cheese sandwich with béchamel sauce and pan de Mi bread.
The Croque Monsieur was $8 and I ordered a side salad which was $3.50 extra. The salad was nice but was kind of a tiny portion. I probably should have ordered something bigger. The Croque Monsieur was pretty good. I’ve probably never had béchamel sauce outside of lasagna before, and feel like it’s an under-utilised ingredient. I noticed they had a huge amount of these out the back ready to go; I think it must be one of their top products. I’m not sure that I’d get it again though. Next time I’ll try something else.
After we went back to our office we were still quite hungry. We regretted not getting a dessert whilst we were there. I’ve heard their desserts are really good.
Moi by Fabrice seems like a popular French Patisserie for a good reason. The service is friendly and the staff are good at understanding my reluctance to attempt to pronounce what I ordered (I did a lot of pointing).
Address: Shop 1, 259-279 Bay Street, Brighton Victoria 3186, Australia