As I've been exploring New Farm lately, and with my love of French Pastries, a friend suggested that I ought to give Chouquette a try. It was situated on Barker Street, just off Brunswick Street.
Upon entering, we were greeted by the delicious sight of pastries and buns. W I note that the pastries had a much more basic looking colour compared to the vibrant colours that I am usually used to in le bon choix, which looks far more natural.
We ordered a Frasier and a Dulcey Tart to share.
It consisted of a genoise base, with vanilla mousse mixed with strawberries. A genoise cake can be contrasted to a regular cake due to the fact that the egg whites and egg yolks are beaten together (as opposed to separated). Air is then suspended in the batter to result in a rather elastic but dry texture. Although this may have been the case, the fact that it had copious amounts of vanilla mousse, which was delightfully light. The added strawberries added to the freshness of the cake.
Compared to the Frasier, the Dulcey Tart had a much more richer taste to it. As a reference point, Valrhona Dulcey Chocolate refers to a famous brand of French Blond Chocolate which was made by caramelised white chocolate when heated and left. It has a biscuity and caramel flavour which definitely sets it apart from regular white chocolate. In our Dulcey tart, this was definitely accentuated by the actual caramel filling to which you can see at the bottom of the tart. It also had a type of hazelnut dacquouise, which was complemented the tart very well.
Price Range: $10 - $20 per person (Cakes were $7.50 per slice)