Being in Laduree, gave me a sense of bitter sweet nostalgia of my recent trip to Paris where I stumbled upon Laduree on Champ Elysees . I was more than delighted to have been invited to this Zomato tasting meetup organized by Pallavi. This hidden gem pops up unexpectedly at the end of the concrete jungle of the Walk JBR.
Ladurees has a long rich history and known for ganache filled macarons. Laduree has now expanded as an international sensation and has stores all over the world. Being owned by the Holder Family who I believe also owns the restaurant chains of Paul Bakery, youre sure to have consistency in brand reputation.
The interiors are adorned with chandeliers, gold plated finishing’s and wall pieces that are enough to recreate an intimate antique Parisian tea room.
The restaurant is quite spacious and offers both down and upstairs sitting. The stairs leading upstairs are covered by a beautiful woven carpets that accentuate the Parisian atmosphere.
The Laduree team laid out a huge table for us with Chef Toques on the table, foodies wasted no time in wearing these and snapping selfies.
Welcome drinks were offered. Raspberry and Apple mock tails. The presentation was gorgeous. The apple was my favorite, had a tangy refreshing taste which I liked. The raspberry was a tad too sweet and syrupy for my liking. I think it should be toned down a little.
We were also offered warm freshly baked complimentary bread with a delicious creamy butter.
For starters the options were onion soup served with croutons with French emmental cheese or beetroot variation served with burrata cheese and pistachio cream. We all know how the French love their onion soup. The onion soup lacked a bit of meaty broth and salt, but overall tasty.
I rather enjoyed the sensation of yellow crunchy beetroot in my mouth, coupled with that milky, rich and buttery burrata melting in my mouth. I loved this starter.
For mains we had the option of Poultry vol au vent with wild mushrooms & cream sauce or Pan Fried Salmon with sorrel butter and lavender potatoes. Yes lavender! Having highly inquisitive taste buds, no guesses what I choose.
I had a taste of the Vol au Vent, which I found rather balanced and not overbearingly rich as they tend to be. The wild mushrooms gave it such a distinct chewy and woody flavour, the chicken was cooked to tender perfection and the sauce could have been thicker. The pastry was a little dry but coupled with the sauce, a delicious combination that worked.
I am very happy that I chose the Salmon with the purple potatoes though lol. For me, Lavendar conjures up images of soaps, air fresheners, body lotions etc. So I was a bit apprehensive about venturing into the unknown with this flavor. I was informed though by Paulo one of our hosts that it is edible Lavender used for culinary purposes. Sigh of relief.
When the plate came I thought to myself wow how pretty as I forked a piece of the lavender slightly mashed potatoes. I was pleasantly surprised. The flavor was perfect and subtle. I actually liked the pairing, there were lavender thin chips on the mash which added an interesting crunch. I loved this dish and think it will do great only because of its unusual pairing with Salmon. The dish balances out nicely but I think some lemon would add a little pizazz to the dish because the lavender offers such low sweet notes.
We swarmed like bees to a hive when the pastry dessert selection was served. Beautifully crafted desserts were showcased to us on a silver platter. From custard and praline millefeuille, to berry centered Isfahan which is the rose flavored macaroon to pistashio puff pastry, dark chocolate and raspberry cake, chocolate and vanilla éclairs and the apple Tarte tartin.
The variety was wide and the confusion set in on where to start. The Arabica won my heart. It’s made of Walnut soft biscuit, smooth coffee cream, coffee mousseline cream and coffee nougat. I also loved the Praline Millefeuille, these were not too sweet but decadent enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. I loved the pastry offerings and will sure be back to sample more.
Thank goodness for the delicious cappuccino to wash down all the heavenly sugar high.
We received a lovely goodie bag with a box of three delicious macaroons as a take home surprise. These were scrumptious, especially the coconut macaroon.
Lovely evening. The service was excellent and professional with the staff having an excellent knowledge of the ingredients and preparation of food they were serving. The extra special touch was the chef who came to us for live feedback. Lovely evening meeting wonderful foodies in Dubai.