Remy & Violette
In 2013, Aurélie Maldague and Nick Matthews said goodbye to food trucks (Burger Theory) and burger bars (Pearl’s Diner) and bonjour to Remy & Violette. The cafe is named after Maldague’s great aunt Violette, a baker who was always trying new recipes and creating delicious cakes.
Maldague seems to have inherited her great aunt’s sweet tooth, and is well known for her handmade Belgian waffles. Turns out she’s also got a knack for pastry, with her flaky, chewy almond croissants selling out almost daily. And like any good French patisserie, the front cabinet is lined with impossibly perfect gateaux for you to gawk at.
Alongside sweet and savoury waffles, you’ll find baguettes, soups and homemade pies with fillings of slow-cooked beef, and creamy chicken and white wine. Maldague likes to surprise and delight her customers with new sandwich creations, such as retro prawn cocktail, among the set list of favourites.
A sizeable collection of old family photographs hangs on the pastel green walls, and the small space is scattered with shabby-chic items, including a solid wooden trunk filled with vintage books. Maldague is keen for her customers to do things the real French way, too: grab coffee and pastry on the way to work, then return for a baguette at lunch.