Some like it hard, others like it soft. Some even like it smelly and
mouldy. But regardless of your preference, you’ll find it at The Cheese
Cave. Owners Owen and Sarah Watson have modelled the specialty store,
which opened last Friday, on Parisian fromageries from their travels.
“Cave” is hardly the word to describe this Toorak corner shop. A white
wall with characteristic arches divides the space down the middle. On
one side is the custom-made cheese cabinet, on the other are
ever-so-French circular tables and an espresso machine churning out Di
Bella’s premium blend. The ceilings are high and sunlight drenches the
black marble tiles. It’s an appreciated step away from the
claustrophobic cheese rooms, where you have to close the door behind
you and peg your nose.
Pop your head in the express window and grab a cheese-inspired muffin
(mushroom, pinenut and parmesan today) or a sweet alternative baked
fresh by chef Daniel Olszewski, who trained under Stephanie Alexander.
Breakfast runs all day and includes Bircher muesli, eggs and French
toast with orange, mascarpone and honeycomb. Grab a charcuterie board,
cheese platter or a filled baguette from the display cabinet for lunch.
There are also take-home meals and tiered cakes constructed from rolls
of cheese, made to order.
Although The Cheese Cave is a fromagerie, the idea is that you can get
everything you need for that perfect picnic platter. They stock Dench
baguettes, quince paste, antipasto and oils. The Cheese Cave is the
first fromagerie concept store and the owners hope to expand in the
next couple of years. They’re also pending a liquor license, because
let’s face it, you need a glass of red with that Camembert.
Location: 429-431 Toorak Road, Toorak Open: weekdays 7am-5.30pm |
weekends 7am-4pm (subject to change) Phone: (03) 9826 1105
The Cheese Cave
429-431 Toorak Road
Toorak Vic 3142
(03) 9826 1105