New to Canberra, I love exploring this city and the secrets that it holds with my family.
Published August 23rd 2015
French fare in the heart of Fyshwick
The Flute Patisserie is located in an unusual location on a busy arterial road in Fyshwick. Despite its industrial location it receives a steady stream of customers at lunchtime who either stop for lunch, or carry away boxes of pies, bread, cakes or deli rolls back to their workplace.
The Flute is a French provincial style patisserie and has an old-school feeling to it, with its tiny mosaic tiles on the floor, wooden dining chairs and quaint displays.
Before you line up, it is important to note that this patisserie only accepts cash, as there are no EFTPOS facilities. This could be a deal breaker for some - with many people leaving again to get cash and who may not return.
There is the comforting smell of bread cooking in the air while making your selection between their popular hot pies from the warmer (which were disappearing fast), beautifully decorated cakes, sweet pastries in fruit shapes, deli rolls and fresh bread. My young daughter and I chose three cute mini flute rolls to share, speared with a kebab stick.
The end roll consisted of chicken with walnut mayonnaise (with a great crunch), cheese, avocado and salad; another roll was sliced ham, cheese, salads and tasty mayonnaise and the third roll in the middle was my favourite - with Rueben filling. When I asked the lady behind the counter about Rueben filling she said traditionally it is corned beef and Swiss cheese with Russian dressing and sauerkraut.
The Flute is renowned for its beautiful looking and tasting cakes, however after such a surprisingly filling lunch we could only fit in the small and colourful macarons. Next time we will have to come back for the cakes, which are a work of art in themselves. They also make full size cakes to buy for birthdays or celebrations. See here for their cake menu.
There is a small and quiet inside seating area, however the best place to sit is outside on their verandah. As they are situated on one of the busiest roads in Fyshwick, it isn't quiet or scenic, however it is a pleasant spot to sit to savour your breakfast, lunch or gateaux.
The Flute Patisserie, looking very French with awnings and cane seating.
This patisserie is quaint and has delicious food on offer, however it has a few things to note before you come - there is no EFTPOS or credit card facilities, it is a busy road to find parking and it is only open during the week 8am - 3pm, so don't pop over for a weekend breakfast after outlet shopping nearby.
To be honest I left with mixed feelings about this patisserie, but with such rave reviews from locals I will try it again. I would definitely return for the savoury flute deli rolls with sauerkraut and come back to taste the artistic cakes or buy a large one as a birthday cake, except next time I will be sure to save some room.