Louis Sergeant sweet couture…
UPDATE: Now to be found on Lambton Quay rather than Featherston Street.
Whether you have a sweet or savoury tooth, Louis Sergeant will be sure to satisfy.
Found at 146 Featherston Street (in the old Capri location), Louis Sergeant is effectively a french tea house doing pastries, lunchtime baguettes and salads, georgous sweet things, high teas, cheeseboards with fresh oven-baked bread, and lastly (but not leastly) French bubbles and wines.
Louis Sergeant himself is the former Head Patisserie chef from Hippopotamus at the Museum Hotel, so you will recognise the precision and delicacy of the items here, as well as the quality in the setup (a sleek black and white interior, soothing and slightly sultry french music playing, beautiful cups and teapots, water from large perfume-shaped bottles, an old decorative cash register, a beautiful french portrait above the couches, etc etc).
My first two experiences have been outstanding in food terms, and pleasant in experience and service terms (a little settling in to go). The first was a lunch-time baguette sandwich of haloumi, fig, rocket and lemon infused olive oil (superb balance of textures and flavours), and on a Saturday morning an almond croissant just warm out of the oven (died and heaven sprung to mind).
I am eyeing up the platter of french cheeses with warm bread fresh from the oven and french bubbles one Friday evening soon (very soon!), and can imagine this will become a regular stop when in this part of town.
LS are currently still working out what hours are best so keep an eye on their Facebook page, but generally Tuesday to Thursday 8am to 5.30pm (late Thursdays possibly coming), Friday 8am to 8pm (for that after work wine and cheese), and Saturday 10am to 5pm.