After baking many a holiday treats including the traditional Bûche de Noël aka Yule Log cake in my home kitchen, I was ready to sit down and enjoy some holiday treats myself. Fortunately for me, I was invited to experience the new holiday menu at Laduree Vancouver. As you know from my latest post on Laduree, they now have a dedicated pastry chef who relocated from France to Vancouver to make desserts exactly the same way they do in the Ladurees in France.
This time we tasted the Winter Holiday brunch and the famous Bûche de Noël that I had been seeing on my Instagram feed from the International Laduree locations. I had no idea that they were now serving these gorgeous cakes in Vancouver too! We had the opportunity to try all three flavours of the Bûche de Noël - milk chocolate, dark chocolate and pistachio. Although I'm usually a HUGE chocolate fan and I loved both the chocolate versions, the pistachio version caught my attention immediately when I tasted it. It is creamy with a bit of crunch from the nut while the warm nutty flavour of the pistachios really came through in the cream. Of course, I was more than happy to have this whole cake to bring home to enjoy with my family in front of my recently set up Christmas tree. Talk about a nice holiday afternoon tea break.
In addition to the previously mentioned, we also sampled an elegant pink Marie Antoinette cake which has the same flavour profile as the iconic Ispahan macaron cake: lychee, raspberry and rose. It's a must-try for the photo-op and more importantly, the delicious flavour pairing.
The large version of these cakes are by order for pick-up on December 19th and beyond but the mini versions are now available in the shop for dine-in or take-away. That's always a good thing about Laduree, you can drop in at anytime for a small treat and a coffee or tea in between your shopping or other events. Coincidentally, my friend, Beth, from BitesofVancouver told me she had always thought she needed to dress up and make reservations for tea time at Laduree. Luckily for all of us who appreciate a nice little treat here and there, you can drop in at anytime! However, you are always welcome to make reservations in advance if you want to ensure that they have a spot for you and your party in the dining room.
Laduree Canada Robson Street
1141 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1B5
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737 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver, BC V7Y 1E4
Disclosure: All food and drinks were complimentary. All opinions are my own