PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 August, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 25 August, 2000, 12:00am

There was a sneaking sense of deja vu when we walked into Dailybread, a cafe that occupies the space that was formerly the Source of Health on D'Aguilar Street. It looks very similar to its predecessor. However, it was only when we saw the big signature 'D' on the wall that we were reminded of another well-known chain whose name begins with the same initial and which purports to be French in style.

Dailybread offers more in the way of pastries than snacks or meals. We chose the dish of the day which was the lasagne beef set ($70) which included a tuna salad and a coffee. Although the lasagne was lukewarm, it was adequate, comprising multiple layers of pasta with a rich beef sauce and tangy cheese topping. We were less certain of the tuna salad - one of a choice that was available - because it was cloyingly sweet. We also ordered the ham and cheese foccacia ($30) and quickly regretted it. The bread was too dense, while the cheese and ham were processed and unpalatable. The cheese croissant ($11) was enjoyable for being light and containing freshly grated, mature Cheddar. The rich brownie ($18) had a layer of cream cheese that counterbalanced the sweetness of the chocolate, but a chocolate chip muffin ($10) was less successful - it was stodgy, lacked flavour and was skimpy on the chips. Our afternoon snack came to $198, which also included a fresh orange juice, two coffees and a Diet Coke. The cafe's location with a bird's eye view overlooking D'Aguilar Street compensated for the mediocre fare.

G/F 14-18 D'Aguilar Street, Central. Tel: 2868 6013. Open: Monday-Thursday 7.30am-10pm, Friday-Saturday 7.30am-midnight, Sunday 7.30am-8pm. $