Level 3 Westfield Sydney
Cnr Pitt & Market Streets
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 2 9231 0491
Marty and I spent a solid weekend afternoon at the Westfield shopping centre in the CBD, home to some pretty nice stores and of course, great eateries. When I heard that famous French macaron connoisseur Ladurée were sitting shop in Sydney, I knew I had to go.
Ladurée Sydney itself is a small kiosk in the middle of the third level of the shopping centre. In addition to macarons, they also do teas thus making it an ideal spot to have a breather for half an hour in between bouts of shopping. Unfortunately, there were only a handful of tables – and they were all occupied – so I opted to buy some macarons to take home with me. Just as well for they are $3.20 each if you take away, but $4 each (!!) if you decide to dine in. I guess that’s fair enough though – rent in the CBD is pretty expensive after all.
Nevertheless, $3.20 for one macaron is still pretty dear. Then again, if you’re getting them shipped frozen from Switzerland and having to carefully defrost them before selling them to macaron-loving Australians, I’d imagine there would be some costs involved. But was the price tag worth it?
I bought a box of eight macarons; I can’t remember how much they were – $23? $28? $32? I can’t remember. But they weren’t very cheap. I do remember that when I asked the lady for a box of eight, she suddenly burst out laughing. Perplexed, I asked her if everything was alright and her response was, “Oh no, I wasn’t laughing at you – I was laughing at something my colleague said.” I didn’t see her colleague say anything to her before she had laughed so the whole exchange really was puzzling. Regardless, I shrugged it off, paid for my macarons and walked away.
As you might have noticed above, I did double up on the salted caramel flavour. Not because I ADORE salted caramel anything (although yes, I do) but because there wasn’t an inspiring range of flavours to choose from so I had no choice but to double up.
Overall, the macarons were nice enough. Okay, so I would have liked a bit more ‘crunch’ when biting into the shell but I guess that’s what defrosting does to texture. I also would have liked the liquorice and strawberry marshmallow ones to taste less one-dimensional and while the pistachio one was great, it definitely wasn’t the best I’ve had. My favourite one was the vanilla, which was dotted with lovely black flecks of vanilla bean pods while the raspberry one had a lovely tang to it.
So would I go back again? Probably not as there are better macaron stores (Zumbo, La Belle Miette and Luxbite) that produce better-tasting macarons at more reasonable prices. The only reason I’d go back to Ladurée Sydney is if someone from Melbourne requests a box or if they introduce a new macaron flavour that I can’t resist trying. Having said that, I’d definitely be down to try the Paris store if I ever end up in Europe anytime soon.