These days, you’ll find pastry chef Mathieu Hilde (ex-Kaïku) having fun in the heart of Petit Bayonne, putting the letter K everywhere. In his boutique that sparkles with light (big bay windows, Nordic-style furniture), amongst all the “eklats” of chocolate, the savory dishes fight hard to not be overlooked at lunch: vegetable tarts (€5.20 a slice), excellent sandwiches made on flaky homemade buns (cucumber and avocado, €5.50) and gourmet salads with mixed greens, cabbage, sun-dried tomatoes, feta and peanuts – included with the sandwich or the tart if you get a set menu option for €9-12. Although, what truly shines here are the cakes (never too sweet, with no artificial food coloring)! Take the excellent chocolate financiers (€3.80) or the Petit Bayonnais (a new take on the Petit Écolier cookie, €4.30), and the ever so dreamy Nuage Russe – a light little flourless wonder made only with egg whites, powdered sugar and ground hazelnuts (€5.50). Don’t forget about Mathieu’s latest discovery, the Eklat hot chocolate: hot plant-based milk poured over a 72% dark chocolate sphere, which melts away to reveal tangy marshmallows (passion fruit and lemon) and a praline mousse. Incredible! To drink, there are black and green teas (€2.80), coffee drinks (€1.30 to €3), Belharra beer (€4 for 330 ml) or wine served by the glass (€4). Set lunch menu options €9-12, snack set menu €7. Pastries and ice creams from €2 to €5.50. // P.L.