Macarons — just a single bite can ignite such joy. The soft yet crispy shell with a gooey centre that cuts through the sweetness of the pastry is a perfect balance of flavours and texture in every bite. Yet, we’ve always wondered why macarons are made in such small sizes when we’re constantly reaching for more.
When it comes to these delectable treats, there’s no doubt that Ladurée is the pioneering maison. The brand’s 157 years of history is definitely one that is almost impossible to beat, we dare say. Visit Ladurée for the macarons, but we suggest having a sit in their tea salon here at Pavilion KL for a complete meal as they’ve recently expanded their menu.
The new menu features a selection of starters, salads, main courses, and desserts. These new additions are still very much inspired by the origins of Ladurée, but still providing enough variety for the local palate here. What does that mean? You can have your pick at the classic caesar salad or go Asian with the Tokyo Soba Bowl; consisting of red cabbage, edamame, shitake, avocado, broccoli and soba noodles. The dish is then garnished with miso dressing, adding a slight sweetness to this fresh salad.
Another dish worth mentioning and also will look amazing on your Instagram feed is the Pink Avacado Toast. The colour may throw you off a little, but rest assured it’s actually beetroot hummus. The pink puree is perfectly lined with avocado and radish, and served together with its house-made brioche toast. If refreshing salads are not up to your alley, Ladurée classic Vol au Vent will definitely be a fulfilling one.
Think we’re done? Of course, no meal is complete without dessert and it’s one that Ladurée specialises in. The newest additions to their line of French toasts are Ispahan French toast (a rendition of their famous Ispahan macaron) and the Vanilla Cacao French toast. These two desserts were the main highlights of the menu, in our opinion. When one thinks of French toast, it’s usually an overpowering dish — you have the bread, cream, and sauce which seem little but could be slightly overwhelming if not shared. These two French toasts, however, did the exact opposite. One after another, every bite was a delectable one. It was the fastest dish that we cleared up as compared to the rest.
For a tea salon, Ladurée‘s new menu is more diverse if compared to the others. A 3-course meal is possible here. From the list of savouries, we highly recommend the Ladurée classic Vol au Vent. Moist chicken with generous servings of mushrooms but the light and crispy puff pastry that comes with the dish stole the ‘show’. While that will leave you feeling content, the Ispahan French toast and Vanilla Cacao French toast were really the icings on the cake. Soft, buttery toasts with a generous scoop of ice cream screamed decadent all over. It’s nothing too overwhelming nor sweet, and just thinking about it now has gotten us craving for more.