Choukette is a French cafe in Brunswick well known for their pastries and croissants since 2008. I was a regular customer before making the switch to vegan town. I love French food and French desserts and have often lamented the lack of a French place with vegan options near me in Melbourne.
So when I read a comment in a Facebook group that Choukette sometimes have vegan cake I planned a trip that very week. I do my shopping along there and always sadly bypassed Choukette, assuming there was no longer anything there for me. I actually walked past Choukette the day I read that Facebook comment and kicked myself (I read the comment when I was back home!).
My first veganny visit to Choukette resulted in trying these vanilla macarons with chocolate cream filling. I’ve never made the aquafaba version of these myself, instead being supremely lazy and preferring to try some one day that someone else has made. These were very good, exactly like the not-vegan versions I ate in the past. Gluten free too:
On my second visit, I scored the last fruit tart. Writing on the display cabinet said ‘vegan fruit cake with banana berry mousse and almond walnut date base’. I think it was also gluten free. There was a fresh berry taste in the mousse and overall this was a lovely little dessert:
Vegan creme brulee time! Another (unless I’m remembering incorrectly) gluten free option. I think it’s made with coconut in the custard as it tasted coconutty to me (which is fine, I love coconut):
There’s also a rich chocolate cake with a chia seed gel layer and although the sign didn’t say gluten free, the ingredients appeared so. I’ve never had a chia layer like this in a cake and although I’m not the biggest chia fan, this was quite nice:
Choukette also have a vegan soup (not daily) and the baguettes are vegan. There are also vegan gluten free salad options:
Choukette are open to feedback and in my correspondence with them, they encouraged me to suggest a flavour or ingredient they can make a cake with . I think I’ll take them up on that. Croquembouche for everyone!
The cakes are about $6.20 take away/$6.50 eat in. Staff have always been friendly and helpful. There’s also a weekly French conversation class.
I’m really happy to have a nice French cafe to spend some time in and I appreciate how proactive Choukette are with providing options for people with food intolerances and different dietary requirements. I looked forward to trying pretty much everything they make that is plant based 😀
318 Sydney Road, Brunswick