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by Shannon Meyerkort (subscribe)
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Published July 12th 2014
Leave your calorie counters at home

"Let's take the kids for morning tea," my mum said optimistically. "We'll take the train."

That was probably our first mistake, and the second was probably choosing Choux Patisserie as our destination when I am attempting (loosely) a new healthy eating approach. As you would expect from a place which is named after a pastry, Choux has an eye-popping spread of delicious cakes, eclairs, pastries and macarons – but not a whole lot of 'healthy options'. So if you're really determined to avoid fats and sugars, perhaps stay away, otherwise, welcome to the wonderful world that is Choux.

Choux Patisserie
Full of decadent goodness


A tiny little shop in the middle of Swanbourne, you can easily reach Choux by train (and the short but uphill walk helps justify what will happen next). There is also plenty of street parking around, but not a lot of seating, so it's just as good as a place to pop into and buy something that you can later claim to have made yourself. If you think you'd get away with it. Which you won't.

With half a dozen wooden tables and chairs in the front and another four squeezed into the garden, it's not the type of place you can be guaranteed a spot. And it's popular, so be prepared to wait and be prepared to be patient to get a glance into the cake cabinet to make your choice.

Choux Patisserie
What it normally looks like...


There is what could possibly be the biggest range of macarons in Perth, in a rainbow of colours with a surprising range of flavours such as salted butterscotch and Earl Grey. If you can't make a choice, they do offer a gift pack. But it is the cakes, all made on site with fresh, natural ingredients that make you want to cry. They are simply exquisite, and come adorned with a chocolate 'Choux' disk, that you might want to eat before trying to pass off as one of your own.

Prices start at $6.50 and keep going up, but these are no ordinary little cupcakes, but top quality, highly complex creations that are worthy of their price tag. One of the astonishing cakes, the 'Jools' looked like a big, perfectly formed mound, sitting atop of a golden macaron, with a gold-leaf topped raspberry macaron neatly balanced on top. The ingredient list includes (in a single dessert) raspberry mouse, raspberry jelly, raspberry crème brulee, almond biscuit jacande and galette brittany.

(Half) of the strawberry tart


If you are bringing small children you should be prepared for the fact that there is nothing that is 'simple' or plain for a fussy eater. And nothing that looks like actual cake, for that matter, as they are all covered in ganache or cream or glazed fruit.

My daughters chose a strawberry tart, a firm pastry case, filled with cream pat, and piled high with glazed strawberries. They did what kids always seem to do and ate it in sequence, first the strawberries, then they scooped out the cream, then they ate the pastry.

The citron tart


While I desperately wanted to try one of the regal creations where the decoration itself is a whole macaron, Mum and I were very restrained and shared a lemon citron tart. The staff even cut it in half for us (and must have been rolling their eyes as they did), but it was tart and sweet and gooey, although I found the pastry case a little hard and needed to break it up with a fork.

The babychinos went down a treat


It wasn't until we were escaping with our noisy brood out the back into the tiny courtyard, that I noticed there was a whole selection of pastries behind the cake cabinet – croissants, escargot and muffins that I hadn't realised were available. They also do a savoury range of baguettes and tarts, so if you don't see something you want, be sure to ask.

Of course, if you come in the afternoon they might just have run out, so be warned. Prices are slightly cheaper for takeaway, and as well as individual sized savouries, you can also buy meal-sized options such as the large $37 Quiche Lorraine, or medium salmon quiche for $32, as well as large fruit and lemon tarts ($22 small and $35 large).

Interesting old machinery decorate the courtyard


The little courtyard features a (retired) giant dough mixer, think KitchenAid meets the Incredible Hulk, with the whisk attachment sticking out of a nearby potplant. It makes your eyes pop when you think about the amount of pastry that must be made (and consumed) here.

Choux is open from 7am until 5pm on weekdays, so there is plenty of opportunity to stop by for a coffee and cake, they are also open for shorter hours on the weekend, but not late enough for a lazy afternoon tea. Be sure to pop in early and buy something delicious.

Choux Patisserie
The neighbours must be counting their blessings

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Why? an amazing range of cakes, pastries and macarons
When: Open weekdays from 7am to 5pm, Saturday 7am-2.30pm, Sunday 7am-12.30pm
Phone: (08) 9385 4227
Where: 93 Shenton Road, Swanbourne
Cost: great valueI
Your Comment
Choux is my local patisserie, so yes, I'm counting my blessings having delicious croissants, coffee and baguettes in walking distance
by Anna2 (score: 0|9) 1952 days ago
Wow, that looks so delicious!!
by Helenonthesofa (score: 2|661) 1954 days ago
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