Fillo and Co opened it’s doors to Brisbane’s West End about a year ago, joining a host of other cafés in the area. Unlike it’s peers however, Fillo and Co boasts an artisan selection of coffee and baked good, all made from ingredients sourced locally.
The shop front is wooden and looks somewhat like a take away shop or deli. They stock handmade chocolates, gourmet ice cream (including Popsicles, choc tops and ice cream sandwiches), and Mediterranean-based filo pastries featuring a range of fillings; all this on top of their specialty blend coffee.
The verdict? The food looked good, but I’ve only tasted the coffee- a bottled cold brew and a long black. Neither were fantastic. The cold brew in particular was particularly bitter, something that you don’t expect from cold brews. Rated solely on the coffee, I would say it’s that good.
68 Boundary Street, West End
Image courtesy of the thousands
Chouquette is a tribute to the traditional art of baking in France. Each pastry is perfectly buttery and flakey, just as you’d expect to get from a Parisian patisserie. The prices might seem a little expensive given the size of the cakes, but once you’ve tasted them you’ll find that the quality is more than worth it.
Croissants (Chouquette’s speciality) are served with jam, chocolate or caramel and can be plain, chocolate or almond. You’ll also find fruit tarts, Danishes and macarons in the cabinet as well as baguettes and other breads behind the counter that even your French friends will pine over.
I had a peach tart and coffee and, whilst the coffee was unreasonably priced given it’s quality ($4.50 for nothing special), the tart was worth every penny. The flakey pastry paired impeccably with the sweet peach topping. The queues are long and the place gets busy, but you won’t be let down.
19 Baker Street, Newfarm
Images taken from the Chouquette website.