Thursday, March 21, 2013

When the lauded Ladurée arrived in nearby Hong Kong ❤

We were lucky to get the chance to try out Ladurée macarons when we visited Paris last November. This Parisian patisserie is known to be the inventor of the double decker macaron, and is one of the best known macaron makers in the world. Knowing it would take a while for us to have a similar experience, we made sure to savour every bite and every piece of it!

Lo and behold, we stumbled upon Ladurée in Hong Kong a month after, when the outlet was just three weeks young. We were surprised to find that there was a line already, so close to Harbour City Mall's opening hour. Good thing, one of Nikko's brothers was patient enough to wait in line for all of us while the rest shopped in nearby outlets.

Despite the extremely slow movement of the line (we were expecting people to give up!), it didn't let up and even continued to grow with time.

This flyer was distributed to those in line. Everything was available except for Hazelnut Marshmallow, Violet Marshmallow and Santo-Domingo chocolate.

After close to two hours in line, Nandy came up with this bag of goodies:

..with four boxes of random variety for all of us!

Box 1 had a combination of the neutrals: Praline, Caramel, Nata de Coco, Café and a lone Lemon.

Box 2 had the Chocolate, Rose Petal, Raspberry, Pistachio, Almond Marshmallow and Blackcurrant Violet variants. Regardless of the volume, the price remains the same at HKD 23 each, approximately Php 121 per piece. Weirdly enough, buying by bulk will have you paying more, due to the packaging.  The box (just the box) for six was approximately HKD 52 or Php 276! These are just too delicate to be left packed in paper bags, and I highly suggest to pay for the box as an investment. These goodies have a three-day shelf life anyway.

My favourite is the L’ Incroyable Guimauve Amande or Almond Marshmallow. The almond flavour had a great top note and the marshmallow embraced this well. Each bite was a soft, sweet dance in my mouth ❤.

I also loved the Caramel Fleur de Sel or Salted Caramel, with gooey caramel filling complimenting the subtleties of the light macaron sandwich.

Pistachio and Rose Petals are two other favourites of mine.

Ladurée is currently present in 40 branches across the globe, in 26 countries. Hong Kong is the newest Asian country the brand has settled in, other Asian branches being in Japan and Korea.

Ladurée Harbour City
Shop 3224, Level 3
Gateway Arcade
17 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

+852 2175 5028


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