La Belle Miette
Despite being relatively “new” to the Melbourne macaron scene, I am still probably the last to visit and blog about this place along Hardware Lane. P.S. I have officially bumped Miss Adriennely off the ranks for now officially being the last person haha! (Correction: this statement no long stands true, now that there a string of posts following mine!)
This tiny shoebox of a store specialises in macarons, and only macarons. Surely they must be good? The place is so tiny that there is only room for 2 puny cast iron tables, which begs one to think where on earth do they make it? Don’t fret! As I learnt on the day, the kitchen is actually located off site! =)
Check out these macaron boxes. At a slight premium one can choose from the Mint green, Pale blue, Dark plum and Candy pink varieties. They sure do look uncannily like the Laduree ones… =)
The look of the macarons here are like chapters from a fairy tale, with soft baby hues, vibrant splashes of fruity colour, and most importantly have perfect meringue feet.
Texturally they have a crisp outer shell, with a moist and chewy bite to them – much chewier than others I have had. To be honest I quite like the extra bite.
Flavour wise they aren’t too sweet nor overpowering, with a soft fragrant and almost perfume like intensity.
Unfortunately I have only tried a small handful of the flavours, so will have to return and make a full assessment next time! *Ahem what an excuse to go on a sugar splurge!
[Correction] on a return visit I indulge myself in a box of 12…
Caramel a la Fleur de Sel
Hazelnut Belle Miette
72% Cocoa Single Origin Chocolate (Venezuela)
Pimm’s & Pomegranate
Strawberry & Vanilla (?cream)
Olive Oil & Vanilla
Violet & Blueberry
Mariage Freres Earl Grey, Chocolate
Rating: Yummy +1.5, of course there are certain flavours which I prefer from other makers, but overall among the best in Melbourne with an envious texture, consistency and delicate perfumery with each macaron.
[La Belle Miette]
30 Hardware Lane
Melbourne CBD, 3000
03 9024 4528
I’d recommend reading: Momo & Coco’s for some more in depth review of La Belle.