Unless you’re on the continent or paying through the nose in super swish restaurants over here, the closest you’re likely to get to top notch, freshly baked choux pastry is the freezer section at Iceland.
And as we haven’t seen an Iceland in the environs of South Kensington, it’s a good job that top pastry chef Joakim Prat (head pastry chef at L’Atelier Joël Robuchon, The Greenhouse) has chosen the location to open up his specialist patisserie Maître Choux.
A staple of every patisserie in France, choux pastry is a light dough that rises in the oven, leaving the inside soft and hollow and the outside golden and crispy and come next month visitors can expect delicious éclairs, choux and chouquettes (empty choux pastry casings that are traditionally eaten in France for breakfast or as a snack, so we’re told) all baked on site.
It’s mainly a shop but there are still a few seats in which to kick back and enjoy a cup of thick hot chocolate made to the Basque recipe of Joakim’s grandmother and if you’re not happy with pret-a-porter pastry you can up the ante and order bespoke created designs.
Maître Choux, opens April. 15 Harrington Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 3ES, www.MaitreChoux.com