Did I mention that Bottega Louis also boasts a Gourmet Market inside their restaurant? Talk about eye candy and satisfying your sweet tooth. You can’t help but get drawn into such a beautiful space displaying the most artful and creative gourmet foods and patisserie. Even their packaging is beautiful and adds a special touch. As mentioned in my previous post, I came here specifically for the macarons but I discovered when I checked their website, that they were also offering an exclusive Halloween cupcake: Chocolate Cupcakes filled with salted caramel and topped with vanilla buttercream. They had me at chocolate but when I read salted caramel, I was totally hooked and that’s what sealed the deal for me. I was going to Bottega Louie, come hell or high water!
After a filling and delicious brunch, my mind turned to the patisserie and all the treasures it held. I couldn’t wait to see what sweets would beckon me to take them home. I felt like a kid in a candy store. I had to keep reminding myself that I had a wedding to go to in a few short weeks and I couldn’t overindulge or I wouldn’t be able to fit in the dress that I bought for the ocassion. LOL!
I focused on the macarons were first. When you first walk into the restaurant, you are greeted by these small, round, delicate filled “cookies”. I can’t think of a better description so I humbly apologize. There were many flavors to choose from and I zeroed in on the pumpkin macarons. They were perfectly sweet, slightly chewy and filled with pumpkin goodness. Soooo good! Good enough for me to spend $22 for 11 of these babies! Yikes!
Macarons for their size can be a bit pricey. If you consider the time and effort that goes into making these delicate treasures, you can get a better appreciation for why it’s on the high side. I’ve seen macarons being made and while I consider myself a good cook and baker, I don’t think that I would have the patience or the steady hand to try and create a perfect macaron many times over. I’m content with just buying them when the craving strikes. Yes, a bit of indulgence, I know. In addition to the large box of pumpkin macarons, I also ordered the smaller box (4 macarons for $9) of 2 gingerbread and 2 caramel macarons. All for research for my blog, of course! LOL!
I ordered one Chocolate Cupcake filled with salted caramel and topped with vanilla buttercream. I was chanting this on the way to the restaurant. LOL! I have a love affair with anything paired with salted caramel and this spoke to me on so many different levels. This was Bottega Louie’s exclusive cupcake for Halloween. Frankly, they should serve it everyday! Actually, no. That would be bad for my waistline. But then again, you only live once, right? And after eating this wonderfully sinful cupcake, I was kicking myself for not ordering two!
I wanted to try one of their regular cupcakes and opted for their Vanilla Cupcake. So moist, light and airy…was I really eating a cupcake? The frosting was equally light and airy, not overly sweet or cloying. You can tell they use real vanila bean as you can see the delicate black flecks throughout the cake. This cupcake blew me away (well, a close second to the Chocolate). I just couldn’t get over how light this cupcake was. And then I realized how very dangerous these cupcakes could be. I’d call these creeper cupcakes–be warned. Overindulging can cause you to go up one size up! Hmm…I guess I better start hitting the gym…
It’s a good thing this restaurant/gourmet market is in Downtown L.A. I think I’d be in big trouble if it were in my neighborhood. Come and check them out. And try a macaron or two.
700 South Grand Avenue (at 7th Street)
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 802-1470 Phone