Edmonton has been experiencing a bakery boom like never before. For the longest time, Duchess Bake Shop was the bakery to try, and one that brought a lot of great attention to our city. It’s still a ridiculously great bakery and a must-visit, but in the last year (2017) there have also been a bunch of new, quality bakeries opening up!
The Edmonton Journal’s food writer Liane Faulder has written about it a few times over the past year:
- New bakeries bringing fresh flavour into 2017
- Long-held dreams culminate into two new bakeries and cafes in Edmonton
- Sugared & Spiced turn back-alley bakery into hot destination
The list goes on and on!
My favourite bakeries are more cafe-style; ones that also have quality savoury dishes—so you can have a little lunch before indulging in their treats.
That’s the type of place I’m writing about today: Chocorrant Patisserie & Cafe on 124 Street!
Chocorrant is a wonderful little bakery and cafe serving up the absolute best and most varied croissants I’ve ever had. They also offer other sweet treats, and a lovely light lunch menu!
Chocorrant opened at 10328 124 Street in mid 2017 and is owned by siblings Kai and David Wong. Kai is the super talented pastry chef, who leads Chocorrant’s hand rolled and freshly baked croissants operation.
Before Chocorrant, my croissant palette had been limited to plain, cheese, and chocolate (all fine flavours, don’t get me wrong!) It hadn’t even occurred to me that you could have different flavoured croissants beyond those staples—but you certainly can, at least at Chocorrant!
Their artisan croissant line-up includes sweet ones like strawberry milk croissants, matcha green tea croissants, cookies and cream, almond, and lemon meringue croissant, as well as savoury ones like bacon jam & cheddar or apple brie! I love the different flavours, and the buttery/flakiness of the croissants. The exterior has a nice crunch to it as well (it’s soft on the inside but harder on the outside). I just LOVE it.
Their lunch menu features a bunch of savoury croissant sandwiches too (what! Amazing) including my favourite— a Peking chicken style croissantwich (I just made that term up but am totally going to use it henceforth lol) that has cucumber, green onions, sesame oil vinaigrette and house-made hoisin sauce.
It’s real good.
I’ve also tried their BLTT croissantwich (featuring turkey, bacon, roasted tomato, avocado, lettuce and sriracha aioli) which was also excellent, as well as their Eggs Benedict croissantwich, which is what you think it is: a croissant with poached eggs and your choice of bacon, smoked salmon or turkey.
I love the idea and the taste of the Eggs Benedict croissantwich but structurally it didn’t hold up too well given the runny yolk oozing over the delicate, flakey croissant. Literally, my only complaint.
Best part (well, after the flavours) of Choccorant’s croissantwich line-up? They’re only $8 each.
You can also make it a combo by getting a soup with your sandwich for just $11.25.
And instead of the croissant you could get it with focaccia bread, or get a vegetable or turkey quiche! Noms.
My go-to at Chocorrant is the soup and croissantwich, plus a pack of 3 artisan dessert croissants (typically matcha, strawberry and chocolate). You can get 3 dessert croissants for $9!
Other things to note about Chocorrant: the food comes up quick here, it’s a super cute, small spot with maybe less than 20 seats, and there isn’t a whole lot of options beyond croissants so you’ve got to come in being pretty set on having croissants.
I would say that unfortunately the lunch size doesn’t fill me up 100%. It’s definitely a lighter fare offering, but still such good quality (and then you round out the fullness with the desert croissants!)
Chocorrant is really one of my favourite places on 124 Street. I’d been meaning to write about it for some time (as I have been meaning to write about a lot of awesome new restaurants in Edmonton, but haven’t gotten around to… follow me on Instagram for more up-to-date mini/quick reviews!)
If you haven’t yet been to Chocorrant yet, please go try it!!
If you have, tell me what you think!!