Michael and I hit the Taste of Slow Food Festival stalls a little before lunch on Saturday. I'd intentionally eaten a light breakfast, remembering the array of foods we gobbled down at last year's Flour Festival. Unfortunately for us the stalls were looking a lot fewer and a lot meatier this year. Michael bought a coffee and, uninspired, we plotted an alternative city lunch. We batted around a couple of ideas before Michael suggested Aix creperie, and I knew immediately it was just what I wanted.
Aix (how does one pronounce that?) is in glamourously grungy Centre Place, just a few doors down from the Jungle Juice Bar. This alleyway is a place to perch at an outdoor table and people-watch, or stick your nose in a serious book and be watched as you nonchalantly get your caffeine and nicotine fixes. While Michael had his second shot of caffeine, and I contented myself with watching the parade.
Aix already has its share of admirers (Serenity Later, Simon and the Age have all reviewed it) and I can see why. It's charmingly cosy and allows you to pretend you're in Paris for just a few moments. There's a display case bursting with baguettes (most of them meaty) and a range of crepes (more veg-friendly) for less than $10 each. I want-want-wanted a sweet one but it was lunch time, so I ordered a filling of field mushrooms, taleggio cheese and spinach ($7.50). I was very pleased with how dark and flavoursome the mushies were.
Michael went for a filling of goats cheese, red peppers, spinach and thyme (also $7.50). The sweet roasted peppers smelled lovely, but I had no chance of a bite before Michael polished it all off.
Aix well and truly salvaged what would otherwise have been a disappointing outing. I'm keen to return for a sweet crepe or three, but it's a bit out of the way of our usual activities. If nothing else, our irregular patronage will give you a better chance of snagging a vacant seat - there aren't that many to go around!
Address: 24 Centre Place, Melbourne CBD
Ph: 9662 2667
Price: veg crepes $4.50-$7.50