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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.

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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:

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Details

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.

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9 Responses to “La Belle Miette – specialty macaron purveyor opens in Hardware Lane”

  1. Wow, yet another macaron shop on the scene! They are really popping up like mushrooms these days. But like a moth drawn to a flame, I will be there without fail during my next trip back to melb. Thanks for the heads up and ginger macadamia sounds right up my alley!

  2. Ashley Ng says:

    Argh! I only just heard about this place the other day, it looks so adorable, can’t wait to give it a try! 🙂

  3. Esz says:

    More evidence of the macaron domination over cupcakes. Yessssss…..As long as quality remains high. I’m keen to check this place out. Might pop down there soon!

  4. Emily says:

    Celeste: Yes definitely worth a visit when you return – the ginger was good, subtle but lovely.

    Ashley: Adorable and all about the macarons – craziness!

    Esz: I was a little sceptical, but they really were delicious – definitely worth a visit!

  5. Thanh says:

    Macarons really are the latest craze here in Melbourne. There’s shops popping up everywhere. I wonder how long this craze will last. What did each macaron cost?

    • Emily says:

      They are $2.50 each… the macaron craze has been going for some time, don’t see it ending any time soon. Except for maybe being overtaken by caneles!

      • Adski says:

        I’d never seen or heard of a canele until I had an apple (and cinammon?) one the other day at Hardware Societe. Damn they were awesome! Love them much more than macarons!

        • Emily says:

          Ha! I’m not much of canele expert at all, since I can’t eat them because they are made from wheat. A colleague of mine is duly canele obsessed and thinks that the ones at Dench are the best she has sampled… I might try to make some wheat-free ones some day, but it does seem like an incredibly involved process. We will see…

  6. […] Fellow food blogger wankster Em who can actually make macarons unlike my sorry self has also visited and reviewed La Belle Miette: I urge you to read her aficionado […]

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