While a gift box of macarons from La Provence Patisserie looks as promising as a box from ‘lette macarons, your mouth will be disappointed. Compared to the refined perfection of ‘lette macarons, these almond cookies zing your mouth with their intense sweetness and artificial flavors. The orange cookie tasted just like Orange Fanta soda, and my friend couldn’t even eat the “Rose” flavor she was so horrified by the fact that it tasted like the way her toy dolls used to smell (you know, like the perfume scent on a Strawberry Shortcake doll). The Hazelnut is one of their most popular flavors and not surprisingly so; It’s one of the most natural in both taste and color. The sea-salt caramel offering was also pretty tasty.
I’ve certainly had worse macarons in my day (eh hem, Little Next Door). These treats do look delightful and have the right consistency. Ultimately, La Provence macarons lurk somewhere between a 2.5-3 Cherry rating. That said, the Cafe in the Brentwood Gardens is a darling and bright shop that serves wine and beer as well as other baked and savory goods. It looks like a darling lunch or date spot.
Photo by Sue Tofu.