Very good family friends are off to Paris on a family holiday this week, and I have received an urgent request for me to finish my series on macarons, started here for Fauchon, then a second post on La Maison du Chocolat. So I apologize in advance to diabetics, but the next four posts will be highly calorific, and a practical overdose in what may be my favorite of french sweet delicacies, the macaron. At first glance, the main Dalloyau branch on Rue Faubourg St. Honore seems a bit sparse and understated. But don’t let that fool you. For Parisians in the know, this “Maison” has a 207 year history in the food business and it stems back to restaurants opened in the early 1800’s. See their website here for more PR materials. We first tried Dalloyau many years ago, on a leisurely walk up and down that “Fifth Avenue” of Paris, and I realized I couldn’t do a run-down of Paris’ macarons without including Dalloyau. Luckily for most tourists and travellers these days, the most famous purveyors of macarons seem to have set up satellite stands all across Paris, and Dalloyau has one at the food hall of Galleries Lafayette near the Opera.
The Teen picked out several flavors of macarons, including in clockwise order from the green one, pistachio, mocha, caramel, raspberry, Early Grey The Bergamot, Apricot, Strawberry and another The Bergamot. These were airier compared to other macarons we tasted, light, delicious and dissolved on your tongue. These were a bit crisper on their skins, probably because we purchased them in the afternoon at a satellite location, hence they were more than several hours old. The flavors were more subtle and restrained. At euro 73 a kilo (the usual range of prices for the top macarons were roughly Euro 70-90), they were about Euro 1 each, not as pricey as others. But they were a bit on the small side.
Overall, against a very strong group of “competitors”, we would rate these a 8.50-9.00/10.00, the higher score probably applicable if you buy your macarons at one of their main shops or closer to the source. They were dainty, pretty and classic if there really is a classic macaron. Check out their website for locations all over Paris.