I happened to drive by this new little corner shop near the Missouri Botanical Garden recently, and I saw the word “patisserie.” I had to turn my car around and go see if we finally got a French pastry shop in town. La Patisserie Chouquette is what I was hoping! Inside, there are two large cases filled with stunningly gorgeous pieces of food art. How to choose? Oh, and there’s also a small case in the middle of the room that displays colorful rows of french macarons. Be prepared to feel special when you order these. The server opens the case, pulls out a long black glove, and only handles your macarons with this gloved hand. Into a pretty package they go. Small tables around the perimeter were filled with others who were obviously enjoying the addition of this place to St. Louis. They all looked happy, and I was happy just standing in this spacious boutique, looking into the cases. As you may find yourself doing when you visit, I chose to try a few things instead of just one. So they packaged up a little of this and a little of that.
They’re all so pretty, I just had to photograph them before sinking my teeth into the layers of flaky pate choux and decadence. Finally I couldn’t resist anymore. The beautifully crispy croissant was so amazingly tender on the inside; I’ve really never had a croissant made this perfect in St. Louis before. This is how I love them! I also had a bite of The Bonaparte, which I was sold on because it’s not just filled with chocolate cream…the chocolate is married with orange. These pastries are certainly not on my diet or yours, but we all need to indulge on occasion. They do have gluten free macarons if that helps!
So next time you’re visiting The Garden, go north a couple blocks on Tower Grove Avenue and treat yourself. Chef Simone will have something fabulous for you. I noticed they also do high tea…could be fun!
The Bananas Foster Bombe.
Croissant, Cannele, and Le Barre Marseille
The Lemon Meringue Pate Brisse,