Review: Indian Couture Meets French Dessert
We waited patiently for our special box of macarons from Le 15 Patisserie because you know the impact a dessert has on a mundane working day. They said it was a special limited edition box, exciting. We were going to eat off the Couture Box, sassy. They also said it was a collaboration between the baker, Pooja Dhingra and the designer, Nachiket Barve. A signature line of macarons and cupcakes called the Caravan, inspired by rich colours and textures of spices that is themed around Nachiket’s latest A/W collection, interesting. It was going to be Indian couture meets French dessert, so we let the flavours remain a mystery that would unfold with the arrival of our special box. To be honest, we just couldn’t wait to eat some Le 15 signature desserts; you’ve got to love them!
In came our parcel, a box that had geometric red hearts with a ribbon on it and a gold coloured book that spoke about the ‘dessert collection’. Saffron, nutmeg, cardamom, pepper, fig and dates were some of the ingredients used. Chocolate was screaming out, “add me, add me to the list!” We sympathized. And since it was Le 15, we thought we’d keep an open mind to this unique mix and experiment with our taste buds. The box came with 12 macarons and sadly no cupcakes. We first tried the Intense Orange that was oozing with dark chocolate – the orange zest gave a tangy kick to our bittersweet chocolate, a heavenly combination. Next up was the Coffee and Cinnamon macaron that had a shiny base and a pale pink top. The cinnamon flavour was strong and the coffee was punch-drunk but all of it did not overpower the sweetness. This one had a pleasant flavour. We decided to change the name of the Saffron and Nutmeg macaron to the French Saffron Ladoo. The Pink Peppercorn was the most interesting – you taste the sweet white chocolate and just when you’re done, the feisty pepper leaves a fascinating aftertaste. Last on the list was the Cardamom and White Chocolate macaron that looked like an Indian dessert and tasted like one too. But that was the idea of east meets west, right Le 15?
Our Verdict: If you like your French dessert with an Indian twist and like to experiment with flavours, this collection is perfect for you. And instead of gifting your loved ones a box of madly overdone mithais, fancy it up a notch by gifting them the Couture Box. It’s stylish, it’s festive and it has the flavours of India in a pretty looking macaron.
The Le 15 and Nachiket Barve Couture Box costs Rs. 1,850.
The offer is limited and the box is only made on order.
Address: Le 15 Patisserie, No.2 / B Wing, Rajgruha Co-Op., BM Marg, Elphinstone Road, Mumbai
- Sneha Mankani