Friday, April 24, 2009


We had a brilliant picnic lunch today - thanks to a Perth institution that requires no introduction - Chez Jean Claude Patisserie. This tiny Swiss style bakery in the leafy suburb of Subiaco produces the most phenomenal pastries, bread and sweets and still draws a hungry line that snakes out onto the sidewalk every lunchtime.

Everything (really) is great here but one of my favourites is the very crusty sesame baguette with cream cheese, smoked salmon and capers. The whole wheat baguette with coppa, pear and artichoke is also a delicious combination... fresh, simple fillings in awesome bread... it doesn't get much better than that. The German Sausage roll is also sinfully good - juicy Bratwurst wrapped up in brilliant pastry... so tasty.

The sweets here are legendary - I'm partial to the strawberry tart which sees the luscious fruit topped on wobbly custard and a just right cookie base with chocolate. The chocolate croissants and eclairs here are just as delightful.

This patisserie has been around forever, and Jean Claude himself still bakes on the premises. The man is a genius - churning out the tastiest baked goods to feed the many that make the pilgrimage to line up on the sidewalk. So if you're ever in the area, pop in for some pastry goodness - it'll be well worth the visit.

Chez Jean Clude Patisserie
333 Rokeby Road, Subiaco, WA
(Sadly not open on weekends)


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