In case you didn’t already know, the upscale Parisian café, Laduree, isn’t only internationally known for their sweet colourful French macarons that everyone is so obsessed with for some reason, but also their chic and elegant brunch.
I attended a Mother’s Day Brunch media event hosted by Laduree in March 2017, however, because it was during Lent, I wasn’t able to try anything since I was fasting. Temptations were everywhere, but I made it out of there guilt-free!
Well, I FINALLY got to try the classic Laduree Brunch formula and a selection of desserts last weekend with T (#monbeau). We were accompanied this time by a close friend and his lovely new fiancée – Congrats guys!! <3
Laduree Beyrouth is beautiful inside and out.
The restaurant is set inside a traditional Lebanese old villa, Villa Zein. The interior boasts pure luxury and grandeur with its high ceilings, extravagant yet elegant décor, vibrant wallpaper, and inviting pastel colours. The outdoor terrace is large and peaceful since it’s not overlooking a busy main road in Beirut.
Laduree Brunch Experience in Beirut
We each ordered the Laduree Brunch formula (39,000 LBP). Laduree Brunch is only served on weekends and bank holidays and includes 3 mini viennoiserie per person, bread, labne and cheese platter, eggs of your choice, mini salmon club sandwich, fresh fruit salad, orange juice, and your choice of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.
We started with our drinks. Hot chocolate for me, coffee for him. The Hot Chocolate was dense, rich, and delicious. I’ll give you a fair warning: it’s not light and I highly recommend it 😉
A few minutes passed and a three-tier tower landed on our round table with an arrangement of mini viennoiserie and bread served with honey, jam, and butter – followed by cheese and labne.
I like the Lebanese twist to the original Parisian brunch formula. However, I’d like to highlight the unappealing presentation of cheese and labne, which to be quite frank does not complement the “chic” Laduree at all. I would really suggest presentation upgrade including changing the shape of the labne swirl, adding some mint leaves, adding another cheese, transferring the labne to a separate small bowl, etc.). Labne isn’t mentioned on the menu anyway.
The viennoiserie included in the Laduree brunch are to die for – especially the chocolate croissant. The dough is soft, flaky, and buttery; exactly how a croissant should be. T and I looked at each other and smiled in reminiscence of the croissants we had in Barcelona’s Hofmann Bakery. Oh the things I would do to have those croissants again!
Back to present-time Beirut.
The Mini Smoked Salmon Club that shortly arrived to our table was simple, yet delicious. The smoked salmon is evidently high quality.
Now for the eggs.
I had the Eggs Benedict with the oh-so-smooth and silky smoked salmon, while T ordered the Omelette du Fromage filled with cheese, ham, and diced vegetables.
The Eggs Benedict wasn’t as great as I expected. Although the eggs were perfectly cooked, the Hollandaise was off and the bread was stale with a very strange chewy sponge-like texture.
However, I have to say that Omelette was a masterpiece. I highly urge you to order this wonderful dish (ordered medium-well) which was perfectly seasoned and generously filled with vegetables.
A Sweet Indulgence
After “Le Brunch”, we ordered a selection of the day’s patisserie specials that were on display.
The Cheesecake Cassis Myrtile (12,000 LBP) was very smooth with a sour berry filling and buttery sablé base. Although I’m not generally a huge fan of cheesecake, I liked this one at Laduree.
The Éclair au Chocolat (9,000 LBP) dark chocolate topping was a bit too sweet – similar to the sugary chocolate glaze you expect from a donut.
I loved the sour Tarte Citron (10,000 LBP). The lemon filling was smooth and creamy with just the right amount of sweetness. However, the tart base was a bit tough and didn’t crumble.
I never tried a Mont Blanc (13,000 LBP) before and since Laduree is very well known for theirs, I thought I would give it a go to set the proper standard. Let’s just say it’s good, but I wouldn’t order it again; the chestnut cream is too sweet for my taste. I did, however, enjoy the meringue and fresh cream filling.
We also had Laduree’s infamous Pain Perdu with Maple Syrup (16,000 LBP), which was oh-so-buttery and melt-in-your-mouth wonderful. Laduree’s Pain Perdu was actually the best of the desserts to be honest. It should be on your must-try list.
Elegant and chic décor, enjoyable food meticulously prepared with finesse and flair, professional and friendly service, and of course, lovely company, all made our Laduree brunch experience even more memorable. “Le Brunch” at Laduree Beyrouth is something one should try at least once. I wonder what it would be like in Paris 🙂
A word to the wise for true chocolate lovers: I insist you go for the hot chocolate.
FURTHER DETAILS ON the Weekend Laduree BRUNCH
When? Every Saturday, Sunday, and Bank Holiday from 9am-12pm
How Much? 39,000 LBP (+ 5,000 LBP for Eggs Benedict)
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Address: Omar Al Daouk Street, Bab Idriss, Minet El Hosn, Beirut District
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