Photo by Roberto Rodriguez

La Patisserie Chouquette

On a recent visit to La Patisserie Chouquette, I looked first at the Darkness, Simone Faure’s chocolate croissant because, I mean, just look at it: it’s a chocolate croissant, flaky layer imbued with cacao-rich chocolate after flaky layer imbued with cacao-rich chocolate. Out of the corner of my eye, though, I spotted an array of canalés, a pastry spiritually opposite to the Darkness, a modest fluted thimble that offers a subtle gradation of sweetness between its caramelized crust and soft interior. While it might have been a coincidence that La Patisserie Chouquette displayed these two pastries next to each other, I thought it was a fitting showcase of the range of Faure’s immense talents. Naturally, I bought one of each.

Opened: 2013

Must order: The Darkness ($4)