When you first open a bakery, there’s a certain amount of guesswork that takes place. How many breads and pastries are you going to need? Obviously, you aim to make it to the end of the day with as little left over as possible.

But sometimes, you can’t predict just how busy you’re going to be. That’s what happened to Fabrice and Meggy Delaunay when they opened Chouquette in Graceville last month.

“When we opened we were selling out by 10 o’clock in the morning,” Fabrice says. “I didn’t expect it at all, we were selling twice what I forecasted.”

He credits their popularity to the area’s need for an artisan bakery. Before Chouquette opened, Honour Avenue – which also recently gained a new wine bar and bottle shop – only had a Bakers Delight.

“You have a variety of restaurants in Honour Avenue, but [there was] no good-quality bakery,” Fabrice says. “It was good timing for us, and for the suburb as well.”

In order to keep up with demand, the Delaunays have invested in two more ovens and two more bread provers. Everything is baked at their original New Farm shop before being sent to their second outlet in the CBD (which opened late last year) and Graceville.

For their new site, formerly home to salad shop Greens and Grains, the Delaunays knocked down a wall to extend the marble benchtop and make room for a bigger cabinet and coffee machine. The space is decorated with Chouquette-engraved wooden boxes and framed pictures, but the focus is squarely on the traditional French baked goods.

The selection includes croissants, danishes, tarts and eclairs, as well as specialty items such as brioche loaves, canelés, and of course, chouquettes (choux pastry puffs sprinkled with pearl sugar). There are also baguettes and sourdough loaves (including a pumpkin one), and caramels imported from Normandy (where the Delaunays are from).

Pair your pastry with a coffee made with Industry Beans’ Newstead Blend (a mix of Ethiopian and Brazilian beans).

The shop is centred around takeaway, but there are a handful of seats inside for those who want to linger.

Chouquette Graceville
5/327 Honour Avenue, Graceville
0422 447 876
Hours:
Daily 6.30am–2.30pm

chouquette.com.au