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Mon Petit Choux Café/Bakery

December 4th, 2007 · 1 Comment

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T: Suddenly seized by a burst of early-morning energy (or perhaps just jet lag), I decided to head into town and pick us up some freshly-baked goods at this (relatively) newly-opened bakery.

Greeted with a smile and the smell of freshly-baked bread (definitely a winning combo), I found a clean, well-lit place where any morning bird would be happy to sit, read the paper, and drink one of their delicious cappuccinos. Extremely friendly service welcomed me to the store and helped me choose from their fairly wide selection of freshly-baked pastries. We chose the rum-soaked raisin, blueberry, apple, croissant, pain au chocolat, and almond croissant, and a warm baguette for good measure.

The verdict? The pastries are beautiful in appearance, with lots of flavour. These aren’t the delicate, buttery, perfect pastries of Fauchon or Thomas Haas, and they tend to be more in the chewy-doughy end of the spectrum, but they are all very tasty. The chocolate filling in the pain au chocolat is especially rich – not sugary, but instead full of dark chocolate flavours that will make any chocophile happy. The fruit fillings are good, don’t have any artificial flavours to them, and overall the pastries are small, tasty, and perfect for sharing with anyone you love.

The baguette was warm, beautiful in appearance, and very nice and soft. It isn’t like an Ace Bakery baguette – which is to say like ripping through kevlar on the outside, and it isn’t like an IGA croissant – i.e. like biting into a loaf of wonder bread. Instead, the crust has a nice crispness to it but isn’t tough; the filling is neither too dense nor too light, and the taste, while somewhat on the saltier (rather than sweeter) end of the spectrum, is perfect to be accompanied by butter.

As for the cappuccino – two thumbs up. Any place that has a grinder and a semiautomatic espresso machine is taking a risk – they have the equipment to either soar to the great heights that coffee can take you, or they can make dark brown dishwater that makes you yearn for a dirty old double-double and a pack of Player’s. But the gentleman running the show knew his way around a tamper and he threw together the tastiest cappuccino that I’ve had in BC outside of Thomas Haas and Artigiano’s. Perfect microfoam, a heart on top, and overall a great coffee.

Nanaimo is a lucky town to have Mon Petit Choux – a nice quiet place with good food, friendly service, and great coffee. Recommended without reservations – a place when on the island not to be missed.

Mon Petit Choux
101-120 Commercial Street
Nanaimo, BC, Canada V9R 5J6
Phone: (250) 753-6002


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Tags: Baked Goods · Cafe · Nanaimo

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  • 1 Jesse Woodward // Apr 14, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    As someone who is at this café virtually every day for a cup of coffee and sometimes more, I have to agree. Nanaimo is extremely lucky. Great pastries, great bread, great food.

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