In November we went to Ladurée for the first time. I loved it so much I vowed to go every time we visit London. The raspberry dessert I had is very much in the memory bank as one of my all time favourites. I secretly hoped that they wouldn't have it again so I would be forced to try something new...
It was there... That beautiful raspberry dessert. Perfection. Yet I swerved away from it and forced myself to try something new. It's a tough gig, but someone has to do it. Turns out this dessert was just as good as its predecessor. Wow wee. It was like a smooth meringue box filled with mango and strawberry, topped with a white chocolate disc. Right up my street!
My husband is a chocolate fan, and asked me to pick something for him from the display. I opted for an Élysées; lots of layers of rich chocolate, mousse, ganache and wafer. It was enough to finish off mere mortals, but he ate the lot. Warrior-like behaviour.
The teas are something special at Ladurée. My husband had Thé aux Amandes, which is subtly scented with almonds. I had a tea flavoured with violet leaves, which was pale and delicate.
If you're in London, pop in. It's a little Parisian paradise in the heart of the city, and no need to book.