La Belle Mitte is the brand new venture for a pair of self confessed Francophiles. The tiny store on Hardware Lane is a macaron-lovers dream, as it is wholly macaron focussed. Macarons are the only food they sell, and the other items on the limited menu are strictly French – tea from Mariage Frères and artisanal lemonade by Hansi of Alsace (food miles anyone?). La Belle Mitte also has specially designed boxes that ‘tell a little macaron story’ and the symbols on the boxes ‘evoke the Promethean contest between man and egg that is French patisserie’ (yes that’s a direct quote).
I don’t want to be mean but it’s all a little pretentious. Nonetheless, I was interested to see whether the macarons lived up to their self confessed hype
Claire and I recently went on a macaron fact finding mission – the day we arrived they had a good selection of flavours on offer.
In addition to the usual chocolate, raspberry and rose, there were some pretty interesting flavours – olive oil, cherry blossom & sake, pink grapefruit, lychee, ginger macadamia and wasabi to name a few.
We thought it was only right to try a selection of the macarons, and since 6 macarons fit perfectly into their presentation boxes, that was the magic number for us:
From left, lychee, cherry blossom & sake, violet & blueberry, olive oil, pink grapefruit and ginger & macadamia.
So how were the macarons?
Pretty damn good. Actually, really good. There was a little inconsistency between the textures of the different biscuits, some having that perfect balance of crust and softness, others slightly too soft and others a little chewy. But the overall package was impressive and there wasn’t a dud macaron in the batch. I liked the off-beat flavours too – the cherry blossom and sake macaron had the unmistakable malty hit of sake, the olive oil was rich and velvety and managed to strike a nice balance between sweet and savoury. The violet and blueberry was pretty special.
I’ll be back.
La Belle Miette
30 Hardware Lane, Melbourne
Ph: (03) 9024 4528
Open Monday to Friday 10am – 6pm (or until sold out) and Saturday 11am – 3pm.