Le Miel et La Lune; it’s a name/phrase/bundle of words that the mouth struggles to get around. Is it just us? Is it our terrible French accents? Or is it merely a slightly clumsy mouthful of a name? Whether it’s the former or latter is of little consequence; whatever brief sojourns our mouths might spend in Struggletown are quickly forgotten. Because they’re in Delicioustown. Yes, that’s a place. The breakfast, lunch, and caffeine-related offerings coming from the Carlton North cafe that bears the name Le Miel et La Lune are well worth a trip away from the main Lygon Street drag, and the at times mediocre lunch options on campus at Melbourne Uni.
The Cardigan Street corner cafe is best categorised as French-inspired-with-an-Asian-streak-on-the-menu. Aesthetically, Le Miel is a lovely, good-looking exercise in the reliable “big windows that open up in summer”, “benches for perching and tables for sitting and chatting” exposed brick sort of space. Reflective, honey-coloured, honey comb-shaped, glass adorns one wall, leading from the bright front section to tables out the back. It’s the kind of place where you could meet a bunch of friends for an epic brunch and meandering hours of conversation, or head in with your laptop for company, hunched over with endless cups of (Proud Mary) coffee and the occasional muffin.
The usual breakfast and lunch suspects are on the menu, for those who require something familiar with which to wake up and meet the day with (the muesli is particularly good). What we’re most excited about however, are the delightfully slightly left-of-field offerings; squid sausage, some kick ass Asian salads, and the pork belly potato hash are all worth writing home about.
Full disclosure: Le Miel et La Lune (“the honey and the moon”, FYI) is located within walking distance of our office — which means we’ve breakfasted and lunched there countless times. Once, the pork belly potato hash was met with such rapturous cries of “THIS IS DELICIOUS” that another round of it was ordered after the guy in question had polished his plate off. So yeah, we like the pork belly potato hash. The corn fritters too, are tasty, departing from Asian flavours for something a little more Mexican. For those just in for a snack/study-break/procrastination excursion, Le Miel possesses a daily selection of cakes and sweets and other tasty things, all prepared in-house.
Le Miel et La Lune is a warm, inviting sort of place — where one can while away an afternoon with friends, drop in for takeaway, bust out an essay, or take your mum for lunch. We’ve started referring to it in the office as “that awesome place” — so even if we stumble over the actual name, at least you know it gets the seal of approval.Le Miel et La Lune 330 Cardigan Street Carlton North