15 Harrington Road, London
Designer cake boutiques are scattered across the capital like confetti. There’s so many good places to pick up your sweet fix wherever you may find yourself on your visit to London. We headed out to the border of South Kensington and Knightsbridge in search of a posh parlour dedicated to the art of choux pastry. Maître Choux by pastry chef Joakim Prat.
This part of London is quite possibly the most expensive. The sort of streets that you will find Saudi princes cruising in their supercars,hoards of tourists on their way to Harrod’s and well-heeled Londoners blowing wads of notes on their latest shopping binge in the west end. Just off Cromwell Place sits Harrington Road where the shop is located and to be honest you can’t really miss it, large colourful sign outside and polka dot decor kind of gives it away.
The place was empty when we walked in with limited seating for those of you who would like to sit and enjoy a coffee along with your choux pastry of choice. The multi coloured theme didn’t end with the decor, the display of choux eclairs was like a rainbow with so many choices of what to go for. In the end we narrowed it down to a salted caramel eclair at £4.90 ($6.46 US) and a pistachio eclair at £5.20 ($6.85 US). We took both of them to go and the staff kindly wrapped them in a box and gave us one of those posh bag’s with a cord. I say!
We sat down by the Brompton Oratory a few streets away to sample our pastries and watch London life sail by. It’s like unwrapping a Christmas present getting to your eclairs! Tissue paper and box, these are some VIP pastries. The pistachio was beautifully made with little meringues on the top, very intricate work with a sublime pistachio cream inside, very good craftsmanship.
The salted caramel was equally as heavenly with a lightness in the cream but a huge whack of caramel flavour both in the cream and the icing. The cream actually is better known as a ‘cremeux’ but whatever you call it, it’s damn good. To be a cynical food critic about the pastries the only thing that I could point my finger at is the size of the product being a little on the small side.
On the whole we thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Maître Choux although i’m not sure that it’s an experience that we’ll be repeating anytime soon. First sticking point is the price, £10.10 ($13.32) is steep for something the size of your index finger but in a location with such high rental costs for retail units it’s hardly a shock. The major plus is that the products sold at Maître Choux are of exceptional quality and make a great bridge between lunch and dinner.
Opening times: Monday – Friday 0800-2000
Saturday – Sunday 1000-2000
Nearest Tube station: South Kensington