Having sampled Macaroons from every corner of the earth from Tokyo to Seoul and Paris to Manhattan, I have to come to the conclusion, that despite numerous claims from lots of different sources, Laduree are still the leaders when it comes to making Macaroons. The benchmark for me, is their pistachio Macaroon. Making chocolate ones taste good are a much simpler feat than making a decent pistachio version. Tragically, the temptation to use that dreadful neon-green pistachio flavouring is something that even the most reputable of Laduree's competitors have been unable to resist. What a complete and utter disappointment. The end product is a sickly, mock-pistachio flavoured mouthful that should just be spat out. Offenders include Maison Blanc, Bagatelle, Paul and Pierre Herme. ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTES, Laduree is simply the best and cannot be replicated by the unacceptably acid-coloured reproductions that certain Patisserie houses are trying to hock to us. With, hands-down, the best and most interesting assortment of flavours, both regular and seasonal... just a teeny little box of 8 of these wonderful little treats is enough to send my mood sky-rocketing into the orbit of satisfaction.
Two London locations: 'Harrods' and Burlington Arcade, W1.