Pike Place Market is slowly returning to its rightful designation as a place for local foodies rather than hungry tourists (though they’re welcome, too). Much like Bryan Jarr of the Spanish tapas watering hole Jarr Bar, Ludovic Guillaume and Elizabeth Bastoni of Choukette are a big part of that trend.
The French couple is behind the new, 400-square-foot eclair shop, which opened in June at 1500 Western Ave., just beneath the Pike Place Market skybridge. Their delicate, pate a choux dough-based eclairs look almost too pretty to eat - they call them eclair art, after all - but when I bit into my first three I knew they wouldn’t last on my bus ride home.
Flavors are seasonal, natch, and there are usually 10 beauties to choose from. On our visit, salted caramel topped with toasted kamut topped our list. But, classic chocolate, huckleberry mascarpone, and strawberry lime fromage blanc were also spectacular. The eclairs are five bucks each and go down beautifully with an Espresso Vivace.
According to Choukette’s Facebook page, the bakery is open 12 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Get there on the early side. They’ve been known to sell out.