Bottega LouieThis is my review of Bottega Louie, a French pastry shop and cafe located in downtown L.A. here in Southern California!
Frequently I am let down by the American attempts at French patisserie making. This has led me to try to make my own.
At Bottega Louie, I was not let down!
This is what greets you at the entrance:
|Bottega Louie macarons|
|Bottega Louie macarons|
|bottega louie macarons|
On one side of the wall, they have all of their gifts wrapped up in beautiful packaging.
It's like I stepped into a real French patisserie in Paris!
Who wouldn't love to receive one of these boxes as a gift?!
The architecture is French, naturally. And I love it.
A look inside their pastry case...
|French pastries at Bottega Louie|
Look at all of these mouth-watering pastries! How do you choose one? You can't!
This is what I came home with... a box of macarons...
They wrap it up in pretty packaging which I think is a must for a macaron. They technically aren't cookies, they are little pastries. Little pastries need cute little boxes! One thing I love about the French is how much is put into the presentation of things. Here we just throw things into an ugly plain white bag.
Here are the flavors I tried...
Raspberry macaron - the inside tasted like a raspberry gel. it was quite yummy.
Pistachio macaron - I think mine are better. shhh!
Chocolate orange- good.
Salted caramel - good. But I like my salted caramel ones better.
White chocolate cherry - HEAVENLY. Wow.
I like the Laduree recipe better for macarons as the Laduree recipe has a more almond taste.
Now, I will say I put the leftovers in the refrigerator and I think that Bottega Louie's macarons tasted better the NEXT day. I think they were probably made fresh and macarons shouldn't be eaten for at least 24-48 hours after they were made.
Next up... the raspberry blueberry fruit tart. It was GOOD. How could it not be?
|fruit tart at bottega louie|
Now onto my FAVORITE French dessert OF ALL TIME....
Le Frasier!! If a pastry shop can make an excellent Frasier then they will always win me over. I love Frasier cake so much, it was even my wedding cake (which is pictured on the header of my blog!)
Let's take a look, do you see the little fleck of gold leaf on the top? A little crumble of pistachio, strawberries, chantilly cream, honey, and a soft light cake.
|Le Frasier at Bottega Louie|
A last look in the pastry case...
Now, I did not have the opportunity to eat at the cafe. The line was too long. Instead we got some sandwiches to go. I had the caprese sandwich/baguette. It was really good. Their bread was perfectly done. I did not get to try a croissant. I will need to go back and try one. If they can make a good croissant, then I will be super impressed as I have yet to have one that rivals Paris.
My final review:
Macarons not my favorite but they were pretty good. Their other pastries were really really good. Their sandwiches were really really good. I highly recommend going to Bottega Louie when you are missing Paris.
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