This is my review of Bottega Louie, a French pastry shop and cafe located in downtown L.A. here in Southern California!
Now I LOVE French pastries. We drove to Strasbourg, France from Germany (not too far away) just to eat a real French croissant and some real French pastries.
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|
Here is a look at some of their pretty cakes…
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|
The verdict: MAGNIFIQUE! The Frasier was so good. I can rave about it for days. It was simply divine. You need to try one. I wish I were eating one now.
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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