Ladurée does not mean anything in French. In 1862, Louis Ernest Ladurée owned a pastry shop in Paris. One fine day, his second cousin, Pierre Desfontaines, initiated what is today, a new beginning of desserts indulgence – a combination of two macaron shells and ganache fillings. Voila, presenting to you, the double-decker macarons, by one of the best known makers of macarons in the world. Having been around for more than a century, Ladurée | Pâtissier, Confiseur, Chocolatier promises to satisfy macarons lovers both visually and taste-wise.
The dessert boutique is one of the first in the region, making the hype here in town sky-high. Takashimaya at Orchard Road wins the race in accommodating them – with an outlet each on ground level and level 2. The latter is a more elaborative physical shop, selling as well, other Ladurée items such as its tea leaves / teabags, recipe book, and soft caramel. Although both do not have seating areas.
As of today, in the knocking-off-work hours, one can be expected to stand in line, behind 15. If you are working around the area and would like to come during lunch, forget it as well, as the queue is much longer, and can expect yourself to stand in line behind 25+. Oh, did I mention, both stores clocked that number.
Save for the Golden Chocolate Macaron that is retailing at SGD$7.80 (basically golden coated Chocolate flavored Macaron), all macarons are sold at a flat price of SGD$3.80, no worries for GST here. Pretty reasonable, comparing it to be about SGD$3.20 in Europe, SGD4.10 in Australia, and SGD3.65 in Hong Kong, we are somewhere in the middle.
Only a purchase of 8 and above earns you a box. Otherwise, a paper bag is what you will get for items less than that.
Macarons are for sweet tooths. That we all know. For me though, I break it down to the macaron shells, the ganache fillings, and the overall taste.
Macaron Shells :: Coming across as one of the softer and more crumbly ones, Ladurée’s macaron shells do not appeal to me the best. Unlike many others who prefer the soft ones, I thought the harder shells are much more satisfying. They tend to last longer in your mouth to complement the ganache fillings, making the entire experience less sweet.
Ganache Fillings :: Right on the other hand, I think they have perfected the taste of the fillings. The flavors were certainly not overpowering, and just adequately sweet. My favorite has to be the Orange Blossom one (much to my surprise), Salted Caramel, and also the Marie Antoinette. My usual favorites, Chocolate, and also the Praline ones fell short this time round. They were short of magical, and a little too ordinary. Other 11 flavors of it are Vanilla, Coffee, Lemon, Pistachio, Rose Petal, Strawberry Candy Marshmallow, Raspberry, Liquorice, Red Fruit, Chocolate Yuzu and Chestnut.
Overall Taste :: You can say Ladurée has half the battle won. Depending on your preference, Ladurée did not quite cut it for me. If Antoinette and Ladurée were located side-by-side, I’d plausibly skew towards Antoinette.
Special gratitude to a friend who made it possible for me to get my hands on the macarons without queuing.
Address: 391 Orchard Road, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City, Level 1 & #02-09
Telephone: 6884 7361
Opening Hours: 10am – 9.30pm