La belle macaron…

Posted by on Apr 18, 2011 in Dining | 4 comments

La belle macaron…

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Wandering down Hardware Lane you may be lucky enough to stumble upon La Belle Miette (the beautiful crumb) a Parisian feeling little macaron shop. This place simply does macarons. Beautiful, French style macarons. Nothing else. Well almost nothing else – they also serve French soda and French tea. That’s it. Simple Chic.

Today this charming little gem was being presided over by the equally charming mother of the owner. She happily chatted and assisted the steady stream of customers and walked me through the variety. We spent several minutes debating if macaron preferences tied to our star signs (earth signs Salted Caramel, fire signs Cherry Blossom & Sake etc even to a preference by individual sign). Am not sure how far we got but it was a delightful interlude.

I then spent a few moments debating my preferences from a wide selection and settled upon Violet & Blueberry(because I love violet flavor) and a Pink Grapefruit (because it was such a pretty pink).

The flavors on offer were -

72% Cocoa Single Origin Chocolate (Venezuela)

Caramel a la Fleur de Sel

Cherry Blossom & Sake

Ginger & Macadamia

Lemon

Olive Oil & Vanilla

Pink Grapefruit

Pistachio

Raspberry Ganache

Rose

Strawberry & Vanilla

Violet & Blueberry

Wasabi

What would you choose?

Now recently there has been a huge influx of places serving and specialising in macarons. I have tried a few and am sure I will be able to justify further visits naturally on behalf of this blog. I first fell in love with these after reading an article in a British Vogue that said the editor every time in Paris always purchased a box to keep in her bag for the weekend. The very next time I was there determined to feel like a local I splurged on a box and have never looked back.

So how do these compare? The ingredients according to their web page are premium and I can believe that. They are the right level of air and crunch and just a little on the sweet side. They are also the perfect size – just a morsel.

So my verdict?

The Violet & Blueberry – heaven, a stunning flavor combination with the lightness of the violet measured with a blueberry jam dot. I believe I will be returning for this.

The Pink Grapefruit – this was sweet with a very subtle flavour that left me a little disappointed, until about a minute after I finished it when there was a delicious pink grapefruitey after taste.

Overall these are great and far far superior to those of nearby Laurent and a different category to those from Lindt that are a lovely biscuit but not really a macaron. Ganache and Cacao nearby are little more authentic. I have heard rumor of THE best macarons ever by a fellow called Duncan but have yet to manage to obtain one and as he has announced a cease bake for a few months so am happy to continue with La Belle Miette.

Hopefully next time I will be able to match my macaron to a French tea in a pretty little olive colored china cup – and in the meantime if you are hunting down a sweet treat this is the perfect place to go!

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How pretty are their display boxes? Each of the little charms hanging from the garland represent a little something to do with the macarons themselves.  20110418-082323.jpg

This tiny space has this bright, fresh and yet intimate feeling. 20110418-082316.jpg

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So many to flavours to try…

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Ready to be eaten nestled in my pretty Tea2 cup.

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La Belle Mitte

30 Hardware Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9024 4528
La Belle Miette on Urbanspoon

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4 Comments

  1. What a find! Obsessed with violet flavour to the extent of crunching whole candied violets down last time i was in London. So is my mum so I might have to take some to Easter. Score!

    • lol – Sam i couldnt feel more the same – If you are looking for pure violet macarons try the tea shop unpsairs at the NGV on StKilda rd – they have crushed candided violets sprinkled on them (see my obsessions)

  2. This recommendation is dangerous :) Very dangerous!

  3. Macarons in Japan are a popular confection known as “makaron”.There is also a version of the same name which substitutes peanut flour for almond and is flavored in wagashi style, widely available in Japan.^`,-

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    <http://www.caramoan.co/

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