Restaurant Review :: Les Madeleines Patisserie & Cafe

Les Madeleines Patisserie & Cafe in downtown Salt Lake City (216 East 500 South, near the downtown library) has out-of-this-world amazing French pastries.  They are gaining national fame for their signature pastry, the kouing aman:  The cafe was mentioned in Food & Wine magazine’s best of SLC, nation-wide foodie newsletter Tasting Table, and featured on the TV show, The Best Thing I Ever Ate.

I thought a rainy Saturday afternoon was a perfect time to enjoy some French pastry goodness.  The little shop had a pleasant crowd and a coffee shop vibe.  We sat at the window-side bar facing the street and enjoyed a few macarons and, of course, a kouing aman.

Macarons are quickly becoming one of my favorite treats.  Macarons are a mix between a cake and a cookie.  They come in a variety of flavors; we chose the roma (coffee flavor) and the lemon.  They are intensely flavorful but in a subtle way.  Les Madeleines’ macarons are a perfect combination of chewiness and softness that finish in a kind of melting fashion.

And the famous kouing aman, a butter pastry that is crunchy on the outside and flaky on in the inside is almost like a sweeter version of a crescent.  It is a mixture of simple flavors — sweet, savory, a bit salty, and sugary — in the best possible way.  When dissected, the pastry is pretty basic.  But that is why it works:  simply good flavors without distraction.  All I can say, is you have try it for yourself!  But I will warn you:  they are addicting!

We are lucky to have such a great French bakery right in our city.  If you haven’t tried Les Madeleine’s yet, you have got to go see what everyone is raving about!

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  • Those are some of the best macaroons I’ve ever had because their flavors are so singular and their textures are so incredibly soft and airy with the perfect amount of chewiness. I’ve had others that were almost like soft cookies and tasted like Froot Loops. We’ll have to keep trying to find ones even better…

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