Ladurée, Osaka

Ladurée was established in 1862 in Paris by Pierre Desfontanies. It is famed for being the inventor of the double-decker macaron and one of the kings of macarons. Pierre Herme had also worked for Ladurée, where he invented the Ispahan during his time there.

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The atmosphere was so refined with housewives chatting along, fashionable young girls having high tea and a women in a kimono. The place was gorgeous with macaron towers decorating the shelves, chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and beautiful paintings adoring the walls.

Laduree Osaka Store

Be warned that the menu is in French and Japanese – no English so I struggled a bit a lot.

Laduree Menu

The Ispahan was perfection, I didn’t want to break this and I just ended up staring at it for a very long time. The Ispahan consisted of 2 large macarons, filled with delicate rose flavoured cream, surrounded by fresh tangy raspberries and sweet lychee. The flavours were perfectly balanced and worked so well together that a piece of me died and went to heaven eating it.

Laduree Ispahan

Ispahan (933 Yen ~ $12 AUD)

Laduree Ispahan

Water droplet on the petal 

Laduree Ispahan

Religieuse rose consisted of two choux pastry cases filled with flavoured cream, held together with buttercream icing. It was such a delicate combination of rose and raspberry – who knew this would taste so amazing D: The little choux at the top had a subtle hint of rose flavour in a sweet creamy center, glazed with rose flavoured fondant. The bottom choux was similar but also contained raspberries – a fruity acidic welcome to the sweetness.

Laduree Religieuse Rose

Religieuse Rose – pate a choux, patisserie a la rose, fondant rose and framboises fraiches (800 Yen ~ $10 AUD)

Laduree Religieuse Rose

I ate 2 macarons instore –  the chocolate pure origin from Santo-Domingo and hazelnut. Chocolate tasted like chocolate, hazelnut tasted like hazelnut.

Laduree Chocolate Pure Origin from Santo-Domingo and Hazelnut Macaron

Chocolate Pure Origin from Santo-Domingo and Hazelnut Macaron (300 Yen each ~ $3.75 AUD)

I brought a box to take home where the macarons were a bit more expensive than eating instore. It came to about $4.10 AUD per macaron.

Laduree Macaron Packaging

Beautiful Packaging 

Laduree Macarons

Raspberry, Vanilla, Violet Bubblegum, Rose, Salted Caramel, Orange Blossom (2104 Yen ~ $26.30 AUD)

I love vanilla flavoured things – some people find it too plain but it is one of my favourite flavours. The vanilla macaron was very creamy and smooth, you can even see the vanilla seeds in the macaron and filling.

Vanilla macaron

Vanilla

Now this is what a macaron should look like – not hollow shells which Adelaide stores keeps producing time and time again. The inside is soft and chewy, followed by a delicate egg-shell crust. If you don’t see feet on your macarons, there is something wrong with it.

Laduree Vanilla Macaron

The salted caramel macaron had such a good balance between the salt and sweetness, so delicious :)

Laduree Caramel with Salted Butter Macaron

Caramel with Salted Butter

I cannot rave enough about the rose macaron, the thick creamy ganache with a light rose flavour was perfect. I absolutely loved it.

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Rose

Violet marshmallow – yes you heard right! This was so interesting, the filling was chewy with a delicate bubblegum flavour. It really did remind me of eating bubblegum, I really enjoyed this.

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Violet “Guimauve” (Violet Marshmallow)

The orange blossom macaron tasted like soap to me. The soft, smooth texture of the filling was perfect though, such a shame.

orange blossom laduree macaron

Orange Blossom

The raspberry jam was my least favourite macaron, the filling felt like very very dull jam.

laduree raspberry macaron

Raspberry

The cakes from Ladurée were amazing and I would not hesitate to recommend them but I was disappointed in the macarons. The macarons were made perfectly but the flavours were too simple and plain. There was no boom or flare that I expected from a world renowned store. For all those wanting to try Ladurée, a store has recently opened up in Sydney – a slice of France in Australia.

 

Address

Ladurée Osaka
JR Osaka Mitsukoshi Isetan 2F
3-1-3 Umeda Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 530-8558, Japan

Ladurée Shinsaibashi
Daimaru Shinsaibashi North Bld 1F
1-7-1 Shinsaibashisuji Chuo-Ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 542-8501, Japan

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