If you hear some French music floating in the air in central Brisbane, and can smell the scent of traditional baguettes, you’ve possibly come across Le Bon Choix Bakery.
Owner Savico Basset-Rouge opened the traditional French Boulangerie and Patisserie six years ago, looking to bring a taste of France to Queensland. His success has led to regular press coverage, a faithful clientele, two locations and a wholesale and catering business.
The flower in the beret of this popular spot is the surprisingly quality coffee the business prides itself upon, to accompany the mouth-watering treats. Vincent Cornette manages the Ascot location and takes care of everything that is coffee. After studying hospitality and coffee training specifically at William Angliss in Melbourne, he worked at some Melbourne cafés before bringing his skills up North.
Vincent completed the training shortly after arriving in Australia six years ago, and has been working as a barista ever since.
“I love the joy of giving someone a good cup of coffee they’re impressed with,” he says. “Those who come in regularly know what to expect, but those who don’t are always pleasantly surprised.”
While Vincent has only been with Le Bon Choix for a year, the chain has been serving Map coffee from its beginning. Vincent has worked with other coffee companies in the past, and notes that his experience with Map coffee has proven to product a reliable, consistent and smooth cup. He says he’s especially impressed with their service.
“Any problems we have, we can call them up and they’re here right away,” he says.
Vincent says the Ascot store attracts a more local clientele, who know they can stop in for a reliably top cup of coffee and a treat. In the city, he notes its more office workers, but even their the location has proven as popular for its coffee as it is for its food.
Coffee aside, the highlight of Le Bon Choix, which translates into ‘The Best Choice’ has to be the amazing baked goods. Traditional baguettes , pastries, mousse cakes and macaroons all combined with great service represent the true passion of Le Bon Choix.