It’s not every day that I muster up the energy to queue up for something. The typical non-verbal response I instinctively express when someone mentions the word “queue” involves my pair of eyes rolling clockwise (conditioned response, I can’t help it!). But when Ra asked if I wanted to join her in making a trip down to Lune Croissante and check out their “world famous” croissants, I couldn’t refuse. I mean, if you’re going queue an hour for baked goods in the heart of Melbourne’s hipster north, who better than to do it with than Ra?! She even brought along the pups, not that they would refuse given where their loyalty lies. Whether that constitutes an abuse of authority remains to be debated.
We arrived at 8.30am to find a moderately long queue. Not surprising. Google told us that it was common practice for aficionados of the fine croissants at Lune to begin queueing at 6am for a 7.30am opening. A deeper search into the crevasses of the internet told us that they were also now pumping out more croissants than before so late goers like me would not be disappointed.
The dude ahead of us told us that he was visiting from Sydney and that because it was his last day here in Melbourne, he decided to give the croissants a go and maybe bring a few back up with him on the flight. Fair enough.
When we finally caught sight of the menu, Ra and I couldn’t stop hyping ourselves up for the Ham & Gruyere Cheese Croissant. I mean, like, if you’ve never had one of those, go and get one now. It doesn’t have to be from Lune Croissanterie. It’s literally a gift from the gods who constantly smile upon us and the same gods also frown when people go for Pain au Chocolat instead (based on faith, not scientific truth).
“Can we have like 4 of the Ham and…”
Sold out. What was the popular adage again? You know, from Hunger Games. *May the odds be ever in your favour* (if you don’t want to start queueing at 6am that is). Moving on.
Order, pay stand awkwardly on the side as the friendly salesperson packs up your order in a fancy perforated box as though they were folding up your $500 outfit at the departmental store. Careful, precise, delicate and kinda a teeny weeny bit slow. We had also ordered coffees as I approached Grumpy Level 5 having stood about 45 minutes in line without my caffeine fix.
Long story short, the classic plain butter croissant was really good. Whether it is 1 hour good is highly subjective and dependent on the value you derive out of your own time. The insides were buttery (haaaa!) smooth and soft and while some might think it is poor value to have that much air inside the croissant, it is a testament to the precision that has gone into crafting these artisan croissants (hahaha). Hyperbole aside, Ra and I really did enjoy the croissants though I lamented at how the outside of the croissant wasn’t as crisp or crunchy as I would have liked it to be but that might just be attributed to my personal preferences. Oh, and unless you really have to have coffee with your croissants, give it a miss, nothing to Facebook Message home about (maybe it’s worth a Simpson “D’oh!” gif).
Should you queue for croissants? As I have mentioned before, time and its value is subjective. How much is your hour worth? If you have the time to spare and love your food as much as I love mine, give it a shot. It certainly is an experience especially if you bring fun people along with you and just make it a casual hangout thingy, I know I wouldn’t have done it without Ra. Oh yes, what was I saying about time again? I forgot. Back to binge watching hour long episodes of Game of Thrones now (FOR THE NORTH!).
Lune Croissanterie opens from 7.30am on Thursdays, Fridays and Mondays and 8am on Saturday and Sundays. Whilst stock lasts.
Their exclusive Lune Lab experience offers you a seating spot overlooking “The Cube” (just kitchen really) as they toll away making your fresh croissants. Oh, it also comes with a “flight” of three different croissant flavours. Book in advance on their website: https://www.lunecroissanterie.com
Lune Croissanterie can be found on 119 Rose Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne. If you’re lost, just look for a warehouse with loads of people queuing up outside for fresh croissants.