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Treat time at Ladurée, Covent Garden

August 18, 2011

I have never been a big fan of macarons (GASP! SHOCK! HORROR!). That’s macarons, not macaroons. Yes, there is a difference between the two which I only found out after reading this article in The Guardian. Strange that I love most desserts from cakes to cookies to tarts but for some reason, macarons have just never rocked my world. I suppose it’s mainly because not many places do them well and the most famous specialists in London – Paul’s (£8 for a box of 12), Pierre Hermé (£14 for a box of 7) and Ladurée (£1.90 each), are to be treated strictly under my ‘treat only’ category of things to eat.

Well, one sunny Sunday a couple of weeks back was time for some ‘treat only’ macarons, when I met up with one of my girlfriends for a chat at Ladurée tea salon in Covent Garden. This branch of the famous French patisserie has been opened about a year. Located in Covent Garden Market and facing King Street, this venue used to house a pub for many years. Lunch is served in a seating area just outside the shop next to the cobbled piazza and afternoon tea upstairs on the first floor, indoors and out on a balcony.

The decor is very French chic, modelled on a bijou Parisian residence and even includes seating that resembles a romantic-looking French swing. The walls were painted in pretty pastel shades. It really is a perfect place for the ladies to have their tête-à-tête. We spent about 2 hours chatting away without anyone trying to shove us down the stairs and out the front doors. Service was courteous and attentive – our wine glasses were topped up at right intervals. I was asked twice in 15 minutes if I wanted a drink whilst waiting for my friend to arrive.

When she did, we chose a bottle of rosé wine to go with my order of Les mini macarons glacés (my choice of pistachio ice-cream and chef’s choice of three macarons – I had chocolate, raspberry and coconut) and my friend’s choice of a beautiful coupe ispahan with raspberry sorbet, rose petal ice cream, fresh raspberry, lychees, raspberry coulis and Chantilly cream. Both treats were absolutely delicious, light and perfect for a hot summer’s day, together with the chilled wine of course. I won’t say I’m a macaron convert (yet!) but I’d definitely enjoy some again the next time I’m at Ladurée – they had a firm texture, yet the cold cream and meringue just melted in my mouth. Impressive.

Plates and wine as above with a bottle of water and 12.5% service charge came to £48.88

Ladurée is located at 1, The Market Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8RA

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 20, 2011 10:24 PM

    Eh? You don’t like macarons? Sacré Bleu!I really enjoy Ladurée. When we were in Paris we went to the tea room on the Left Bank. The decor was delightful and I had hazelnut flavoured macarons with a caramel vanilla tea. Super yummy.
    Your photographs set the scene beautifully 😉

    • August 20, 2011 10:37 PM

      Well… lets just say macarons don’t make my heart skip a beat 😛 But I can be converted! The Laduree ones are good though.. yum!

  2. August 21, 2011 10:19 PM

    What a wonderful afternoon! I love macarons, but have yet to make them. One day I would like to at least try to make, but I do prefer like you to have them as a special treat, like when in Paris, have been wanting to go back again, and they are on my list to do again! Love this blog made me feel like I was there with you…. RaeDi

  3. August 24, 2012 7:12 PM

    looks so good !

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