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Published May 25th 2016
Award Winning French Patisserie
Aux Fines Bouches is an award winning, Traditional French Patisserie on busy Brighton Rd, yet if you didn't know they were there, they would be very easy to miss. Driving up from Glenelg way there is not much signage to alert you to its existence - it has some visibility coming from down south, as you're on the other side of the road and you can see the sign on the verandah, but either way, during the day when the inside curtain is drawn up, the sign writing on the window becomes almost invisible. Despite all this, Aux Fines Bouches is ridiculously busy- and for good reason.
Since hearing about Aux Fines Bouches, I have been in a few times, once with a friend to indulge in lunch & dessert and twice for takeaway.
Every time I've gone in I've been greeted and served by the same lovely lady behind the counter (I'm certain she is co-owner, I now regret not asking her name to give her credit) she is very friendly and really knows her stuff.
From the top, then left to right, we start with Cheesecake- whilst not traditionally French, its still a favourite to many. Aux Fines Bouches serve a Blueberry & Lemon Cheesecake, with a slight twist, as it's topped with a soft cakey crumble.
Honeycombe Sablè - all these delectable dome shaped desserts taste as fancy as they look- the Honeycombe Sablè consists of a honeycombe mousse atop a macaron base coated in a chocolate glaze.
Last but not least is the 'Duo Au Chocolat' a rich two tone chocolate mousse cake atop a [very] thin sponge cake base.
On a separate occasion I couldn't go past the other three dome shaped desserts- which as I mentioned - all taste as good as they look.
From top left to right we start with the Citron Vert Noisette- This is a citrus lime mousse atop a hazelnut macaron base. I wasn't sure how the combination of hazelnut and lime would go but it was actually very good. I love lemon/citrus flavoured desserts and so this was one of my favourites - I highly recommend it.
The pink dome is 'the bleeding heart' also delicious; it was a white chocolate mousse with a raspberry center, atop a hazelnut macaron base, I would recommend this for anyone who likes sweet desserts.
Royal- Following in theme, the Royal is a dark chocolate mousse atop a hazelnut macaron base, this is one for the chocoholics out there.
I don't remember the name of the bottom right dessert, it was something hazelnut. This was a soft meringue and hazelnut mousse centre coated in dark chocolate on a hazelnut macaron base. The flavours here were a lot softer, more subtle to the others, I would recommend it if you are looking for a sweet that's not to rich.
Please note, this box of desserts all happened to have a hazelnut macaron base- this is just the way I ordered, they have a large range of different style desserts.
There is small sit down lunch menu, that alters slightly depending on season.
Dining in with a friend we tried the Croque Monsieur- Ham and Cheese toasted sandwich and the Mushroom, Ham & Cheese Omelette (but omitted the ham), the kitchen was quite generous with both the cheese and mushrooms.
Both dishes were accompanied by a simple mixed lettuce salad, dressed with what tasted like a home-made mayonnaise dressing.
After a filling lunch we chose lighter dessert options, the passion fruit [curd] tart and the Quince Au Amandes which was a soft yet dense almond meal cake with large quince pieces. Plus a sneaky citron (lemon curt tart) to take home.
You will know you're in the right place once you walk through the front door, it's apparent that you have entered a french kitchen; the walls are adorned with sketches of famous Parisian monuments like Le Eiffel Tower, Le Arc de Triophe, Notre Dame and more. Along side the Parisian images are the certificates awarded to Aux Fines Bouches. The 2015 Restaurant & Catering Awards saw them the winner of the Best Bakery / Patisserie for South Australia, a National Finalist for the Best Bakery / Patisserie award and a Finalist for the Best Bakery / Patisserie Consumer vote.
Aux Fines Bouches roughly translated means 'for those with good taste' or as Google translate puts it 'for foodies'! After tasting some of the delectable items in their cabinet you will truly understand the name.
Aux Fines Bouches is on the Corner of Brighton Rd & Gregory St (the first side st south of Sturt Rd). There is a small car park behind- if that's full I turn left down Gregory Lane and there is some parking down there.