How would one define the word "Chouquette"? a) A bakery that serves some gorgeous french pastry and desserts in New Farm or b) A gorgeous hollow cream puff topped with pearl sugar that teases your palate and calls out for some cream or custard.
I have slowly realised my increase in sugar intake, blaming the desserts that i so crave ever so often and it doesn't help that my dear friend W, (who i have known since Primary 2 is also in Brisbane) has a sweeter tooth. After our ritual Saturday breakfast session where we catch up on things, to chit chat and have a good laugh over a meal, his second nature is to go to a good dessert place.
One of the places he has taken us to and we have fallen in love almost immediately is Chouquette. A small bakery run by French, note the "bonjour" greeting and the lovely French servers who speak English with a very french accent.
The almost intoxicating smell of pastry, pies and desserts all on display can make any knee weak in no time. Apart from the choquettes that were sold at AUD 2.50 for 10, we took away an almond croissant and an Éclair and we were blown away, figuratively.
The chocolate coated Éclair was stuffed to the brim with thick chocolate cream and when the Wife does not share and am unwilling to share, you know its top notch.
The to die for almost croissant. Unlike how normal croissants should be, this was dense and just so satisfying although it would be quite a challenge to eat it all by yourself. Share with someone else and this is plain awesome.
The pastries are around AUD 4-6 and this was a gem. However, that being said, i am quite concerned about hygiene as some pastries are displayed on top of the counter with no cover and lid and needless to say the flies had a field day. Luckily all that we bought were covered up.
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Rating: 4 stars out of 5 stars. I understand for those who stay around the area can't live on the fact that they open from Wednesday to Sunday, it is really only Saturday that we would come and that still, with a sugar allowance. Can't wait to come again and try some of their bread!