While browsing in Portland’s Moonstruck Chocolate Cafe I met a woman who suggested I visit her favorite dessert place, Pix Patisserie, while in town. This local dessert fan loved Pix Patisserie so much she carried their business card in her purse, and was willing to give it to me just to make sure I had no trouble finding the place. With such a strong recommendation I could not pass it up, and convinced a few fellow travelers to come along with me.
We reached Pix Patisserie after walking down a long, dark residential street and passing an adult movie theater and old house with a hand written sign saying “Appliances for Sale” on the front gate. Luckily, the Patisserie is very different from its neighbors and looks much more inviting with its bright red exterior, white lights and cafe tables out front. The inside of the Patisserie feels like a European cottage, with low, wood beam ceilings and French paintings on the walls and doors.
Chocolate bars and truffles are available in the back of the Patisserie, and colorful gourmet desserts are displayed at the front counter. There is also an old-fashioned display case full of Tootsie Rolls in the middle of the store in case you’re in the mood for something simple.
The staff at Pix Patisserie wasn’t particularly helpful when ordering, and we were left to decipher the large dessert and wine menu on our own. We ultimately decided on a range of desserts including The Concord (chocolate meringue, chocolate mousse and chocolate ganache surrounded by sticks of meringue), Pixie (pistachio and raspberry bar), Almond Macaroon, Apple Almond Nougatine (puff pastry filled with baked apples and topped with sliced almonds), and classic Creme Brulee. I ordered the Beaujolais red wine along with The Concord, and the others ordered the Gewurztraminer Ice Wine with their desserts. The Gewurztraminer was much more intriguing than my standard red wine, and has inspired me to investigate dessert wines further in the future. Wine aside, I was impressed with my selection. The Concord was a perfect mix of creamy mousse and rich ganache, and the meringue sticks were a novel touch on the outside.
Pix Patisserie was a nice end to a long trip, and provided a comfortable place to sit with friends and enjoy good wine and dessert while in Portland.
3402 Se Division Street
Portland, Oregon 97202
Monday – Thursday, Sunday: 10am – midnight
Friday – Saturday: 10am – 2am