When I was in London with my friends, we were checking out Covent Garden, which is a shopping site/marketplace. I knew there were several locations around London, but I didn’t know there was one at Covent Garden. While we were wandering around, my friend spotted a Ladurée restaurant and my excitement level escalated immediately! Ladurée is known to be the inventors of the French pastry, macaron. They are known to have one of the best selling macarons in the world. Of course, I had to buy them.
Unfortunately, I was not allowed to take photos inside the restaurant, so I could only snap a few outside photos. There was quite a few of macaron flavours to select from and each macaron costed £1.80 (approximately $2.88 CAD.) To get a box of 6, it costed £12.80 – which means that the box costed £2 extra. Since I was eating one of the best macarons in the world, I decided to get the box with Ladurée on it , and kept it as a souvenir.
I had an extremely hard time to decide which flavours I wanted. After a long debate, I settled on:
(From Left to Right): Yuzu Ginger, Rose Petal, Salted Caramel, Coffee, Pistachio, Pure Origine Chocolate from Ghana
When I opened the box, I seriously thought they were the most beautiful, colourful edible things I’ve had in my hands for a while. So, did they live up to the hype?
Yes. The quality and delicateness of the Laduree macaron is indescribable- it’s love at first bite. Virtually no strength is needed to bite the macaron and have it disintegrate it in the taste buds. Once the macaron broke down with pressure from biting down lightly with my upper jaw, the buttercream in the macaron was a burst of authentic flavour. I swear I needed some sort of background music and when I took my first bite. The pistachio macaron was one of the few macarons I tasted that actually tasted pistachio bits, rather than artificial flavouring.
My favourite macarons from Ladurée was the Yuzu Ginger and Rose Petal. I don’t know why, but there is something about floral flavoured desserts that tastes sweet and exotic. For equally delicious macarons in Vancouver, I would recommend Kitchening & Co. and J’Adore Les Macarons.
I will continue my search for macarons not only in Vancouver, but around the world and document it here. One macaron at a time.