La Belle Miette

January 28, 2012

 30 Hardware Lane, Melbourne

La Belle Miette, “the beautiful small thing” is a gorgeous little macaron shop in Hardware Lane. Decidedly and unabashedly french, they sell macarons, and not much else. Although if you decide to partake of these pastel, sugary beauties on site, you can order coffee that comes from a cafe next door.

I, however, was buying macarons for our Christmas lunch. I bought a box of 18, and they came in the most gorgeous blue box with inlaid designs of charms including cocoa beans, stopwatches and whisks.

I couldn’t quite pick all the flavours, but here are some we (a dedicated expert tasting panel consisting of myself and my parents) managed to identify off their website

  • Salted Caramel – wonderfully rich and chewy, and I loved the salt that buzzed on my tongue
  • Cherry Blossom and Sake
  • Moet & Chandon – champagne macaron? Hell yes!
  • Hazelnut
  • Vanilla
  • Earl Grey – potentially my favourite, it had a lovely aromatic bergamot flavour to it
  • Lemon
  • Pimms & Pomegranate – this one actually did taste like Pimms! Tangy and crisp.
  • Pistachio
  • Raspberry
  • Rose
  • 72% Cocoa Single Origin Venezuelan Chocolate – quite preposterous for a macaron flavour, I think. I mean really, how posh can you get about a sugared meringue?
  • Strawberry and Vanilla
  • Violet and Blueberry

This is my Christmas combination of Raspberry and Pistachio.

Disclaimer: No macarons were harmed in the making of this stack.

Vanilla, Salted Caramel, Hazelnut and swanky-Chocolate. As you can probably tell by now, this post is shaping up much like my La Tropezienne post: very camera happy. What can I say? Multi-coloured stackable rounds really do photograph well!

On a more serious note, while I think the macarons here are a tad pricy ($2.50 each), I do think they’re the best I’ve ever had, and certainly the most inventive flavour combinations. So while I wouldn’t make this a regular, I think it makes a yummy treat for special occasions. Quelles belles miettes!

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Filed under: Dessert, Macarons, Melbourne CBD