Cindy and Michael beat me to it again! They published the first review of new Carlton cafe Le Miel a day before I went for lunch. In the space of the former What about food, and with no external signage, Le Miel opened recently and has a small but tempting menu.

I met a friend there for lunch. As a vegetarian, she had only one choice – petite pumpkin tarts with a green salad ($9.50), which were reported to be good. I had more choice, and selected the beef ragu with cannelloni beans, poached egg, feta and toast ($17). This delicious and quite substantial, so I was impressed.

The coffee, however, was average. It may not be as good as at nearby Lua, and both are eclipsed by Campos. Nonetheless, Le Miel has potential. It is a lovely space, and this is partially why it surprised me that its two predecessors failed. It may be difficult being a more pricey face near campus, yet away from the passing trade of Lygon St. I hope they do better, and I’m sure I will be back.

lemiel2 lunch at Le Miel, Elgin St Carlton

lemiel1 lunch at Le Miel, Elgin St Carlton

lemiel3 lunch at Le Miel, Elgin St Carlton

lemiel4 lunch at Le Miel, Elgin St Carlton

lunch at Le Miel, Elgin St Carlton

2 thoughts on “lunch at Le Miel, Elgin St Carlton

  • 21 February 2012 at 10:53 am

    Yes, it really is a lovely space – I hope these guys (or at least someone, anyone!) can find the right formula for it.

    I’ve just polished off one of their muffins as a lazy breakfast, it was tasty and HUGE. The cakes and other treats on display look great too (though it sounds like any accompanying coffees won’t be brilliant).


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