When we were in St. Louis at the beginning of the month my Mom could hardly contain her excitement when she took us to Chouquette. A French patisserie that opened in the Tower Grove neighborhood just a block north of the Botanical Gardens last February. Elegantly designed with sparing sophistication Chouquette is a treat for your eyes and taste buds alike.
I enjoyed a lovely petit déjeuner consisting of 1. caramelized onion, fig and bacon tartlet in puff party, 2. pain au chocolat, 3. lemon bar with salted shortbread and meringue and a latte. Yes, that is three things that I ate for breakfast, it’s fine, it’s for the baby right?
The mixture of old wooden pews, modernist tables and chairs creates a casual seating area. Perfect for an afternoon with your girlfriends, a quick business meeting, or just a nice afternoon alone. Be sure to look up, the ceiling is gorgeous, and in great condition.
I gobbled down my first two courses so quickly I failed to take any photos, there is always next time right! The desserts were so stunning that I made sure to take a moment before diving in to capture the miniature works of art that we were about to enjoy.
I have been craving lemon my whole pregnancy, it is really a bit ridiculous, averaging between one and two lemons a day, I just can’t get enough. So this lemon custard meringue was just what I wanted. Nice and tart, and with tiny sugared lemon pieces atop the meringue.
The husband got the banana bombe. Generally he does not like chocolate and fruit, I know how can you not like chocolate and fruit? Ridiculous. The bombe looked so good to him he decided that he could make and exception and he was glad he did. Very rich and full of flavor it was right up his alley.
On Saturday afternoons Chouquette serves high tea, one of my favorite things in life. When I was little my mom would take me to high tea for special occasions and I loved it. I can’t wait to visit St. Louis again to go with my mom, and add another memory of high tea with her.