The Laurent bakery chain has been around for years. Although they are no Laduree, this was the first place that made me fall in love with macarons before they came into vogue.
Apart from macaron the other items I like are the croissant (plenty of butter - yummm), quiche and various cakes.
Luckily Laurent's menu has not changed much over the years so it is easy to go back and try some favourites as well as for some eye candy.
Plenty of full-sized cakes are always on display ready for the unsuspecting to dive in on impulse.
Fortunately they have plenty of single sized cakes and tarts available allowing me to indulge without the guilt. A few of my favourites are the Trio (second from the left) containg three layers of white, milk and dark chocolate mousse. The lemon tart perfectly sour lemon custard filled patisserie. And finally Charlotte aux Fraises (second from the right) sponge cake with a strawberry mousse that is creamy and yet tastes hauntingly like strawberry jam. LOVE!
Of course the macaron selection. Not as good as the passionfruit macaron from Cafe Vue
but still requires it's tribute.
Food: Bakery and patisserie.
Must try: Trio, Charlotte aux Fraises, Quiche Lorraine.
Service: Order at the counter but they will bring the food to you.
Damage: Pretty average prices for Melbourne patisserie (used to be considered expensive but most of Melbourne's patisseries have caught up on the pricing).
Hot chocolate: Available but pretty standard.
Visit if: catching up from girlfriends over afternoon cakes.
Labels: Australia, Bakery, Boulangerie, Cake, Dessert, Eat, French, Hawthorn, Macaron, Melbourne, Patisserie