Penne Cole's thoughts on food, travel and more
I have, quite unabashedly, a decidedly sweet tooth. So, bored with breakfast options at my hotel, I decided to check out Brisbane’s local bakery scene. Le Bon Choix appeared at the top of my Google page, and was right around the corner from my hotel, so it was the good choice (pardon the pun).
I headed to the branch on Edward Street, at the “Parisian” end of town, where all the expensive shops call home. Just like my favourite patisseries in France, Le Bon Choix has a host of mini pastries all neatly laid out in its case. Their bright colours and decadent glistening remind me of expensive jewels in a showcase.
Sweet tooth though I may have, even I can’t manage one of those decadent pastries at 8 in the morning. So instead, I turn to the quintessential French pastry, the croissant. I am anxious to compare it to my croissant-hunting days in Paris, and Le Bon Choix does not disappoint. The pastry is light and fluffy, and while it doesn’t have the almost glass-like crust of the Parisian master, Sebastian Gaudard, it does have a hint of a crust, giving the croissant a very nice texture.
Now if only I could finish work early enough to come back to the cafe for some of those tiny jewels, or even, bien sur, the macarons that every self-respecting French patisserie has to carry.
Le Bon Choix has a number of branches scattered in and around the city.
379 Queen Street, Brisbane
07 3329 9260
Mon – Sun 6.30am – 6pm
104 Edward Street, Brisbane
07 3210 6010
Mon – Sat 6.30am – 6pm; closed Sundays
2/121 Racecourse Rd, Ascot
07 3630 1114
Mon – Sun 7am – 6pm
1/251 Given Terrace, Paddington
07 3367 2776
Mon – Sun 7am – 6pm
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