Le Jolie Cafe pastries final


We here at Decisive Cravings have been long time lovers and supporters of Waffle Jolie, so you can only imagine our delight when we found out they were opening their own bricks and mortar venture, Le Jolie Cafe. Now we can buy those coveted Sunday market treats nearly every day of the week! Hoorah!


Le Jolie Cafe counter sepia edited

Owners Guy and Kathleen were kind enough to invite us down to their new premises this weekend. Located in a small group of shops near Pascoe Vale Station, the café’s French theme extends far beyond just its name and is evident in every aspect of the establishment – from the simple, French provincial-style interior dotted with fresh spring blooms, to Guy’s mesmerising accent, to the charming sunny courtyard lined with flower planter boxes, a gorgeous goldfish pond and creeping grapevines.


Le Jolie Cafe from a distance
Inside at Le Jolie Cafe’


Le Jolie Cafe Lumberjack  The Lumberjack – scrambled eggs on a Belgian waffle with bacon and maple syrup


Le Jolie Cafe counter with daffodils


The all-day brunch menu consists of simple, French fare, inspired by fresh and seasonal ingredients. Those after something light and easy can choose a Parisian breakfast of brioche and croissant sourced daily from a local French, artisanal baker. Alternatively, the Croque Monsieur is prepared with Guy’s own special recipe with a roasted garlic béchamel ($12.50). Free range eggs come scrambled with thyme butter, mushrooms and ham in a terracotta dish, with smoked salmon on an English muffin or the menu’s newest addition: the Lumberjack – scrambled eggs on a Belgian waffle with bacon and maple syrup ($15.50 pictured).


Le Jolie Cafe paintingsA gorgeous setting with paintings made by Guy


Two types of traditional French tartines or open sandwiches are also available – mushroom, béchamel, truffle oil and parsley ($14.50) or smashed avocado tossed with cherry tomatoes, baby spinach, marinated feta and lemon and finished with crispy shallots and smoked salmon ($17.50).


Le Jolie Cafe savoury tart Le Jolie Cafe’s savoury tart with tomato, basil and parmesan.


Sweet and savoury tarts – not to be confused with quiches, which as Guy pointed out, are entirely different – are baked fresh on-site and change daily depending on what’s in season (that alone is a reason for repeat visits). Our choices were between tomato, basil and parmesan (pictured); chicken, leek and gruyere; or spinach, mushroom and feta, all served with salad ($12.50-$14.50). Served warm and oozing cheese and double cream, the tarts epitomise wholesome and flavoursome French food. Whole tarts (sweet or savoury) are also available for purchase with 48 hours notice.


Le Jolie Cafe famous waffles The Le Jolie Waffle


The dessert menu is equally enticing. Waffles are the main attraction. Originally only on the menu on the weekend, they are now a daily staple, so much so that Guy makes up to 400 of them each week! They are the perfect consistency – just dense, just fluffy and just cakey enough – and the flavour a perfect balance of secret spices. Signature dish “Le Jolie Waffle” is served with bananas, strawberries, mascarpone, walnuts and maple syrup ($14.50 pictured). We died and went to Waffle heaven. Other flavours include salted caramel and chocolate sauce and caramelized apple with vanilla ice cream. Those looking for something slightly less indulgent can choose from a range of mini house-made tarts and sweets on the counter and in the display cabinet.


They also have a godly hot chocolate that is prepared the Parisian way with three types of couverture chocolate, vanilla and cream, and their coffee is the award winning no 6 blend by Melba Coffee and Tea. The café is licensed and a kids menu is also available.


Le Jolie Cafe courtyard detailsCourtyard details


Le Jolie Cafe quiet corner A cosy corner


Guy and Kathleen are charming hosts, at home and comfortable with their customers and enthusiastic about sharing their passion for good food with their patrons. They have unquestionably captured the culinary essence of Guy’s background and created a little piece of France in Pascoe Vale. Those in the area are fortunate to have this gem in their neighbourhood. As for those not nearby, we would definitely recommend a trip there!



Trading hrs: Monday – Friday: 7:00am – 3:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am-3:00pm (closed Wednesdays and Thursdays)

Bookings:  Available

Address: 438 Gaffney Street, Pascoe Vale

Ph: (03) 9379 9886

Website: www.lejoliecafe.com.au / www.wafflejolie.com.au

Twitter: @Waffle_Jolie

Facebook: Le Jolie Cafe’ 

Instagram: @wafflejolie

Pets: Pet friendly at curb-side seating.

Coffee: Award-winning No.6 blend by Melba Coffee (organic, Fair Trade and Rain Forest Alliance certified)

Take away: Available.

Consciousness: Le Jolie Cafe’s coffee by Melba is organic, Fair Trade and Rain Forest Alliance certified. They support local producers where possible including Prana Chai, Kinross Farms free range eggs, gluten free bread by Black Ruby and bread by Empire and Cedar Bakery. Their salted caramel is locally made by Caramelicious and their chorizo is from Casa Iberica. Their granola is by Farmer Jo. They also serve artisan gluten free pasta made by Ardor Food Co.

Must try:  Waffles!!


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Please note that prices, menu items, management or trading hours may have varied since time of review. Our thoughts and opinions are based on our experience only.


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