Location: 91 Bondi Rd, Bondi NSW
Time Visited: 2:00pm
Store Hours: 8am – 4pm Tues-Thurs, 8am - 6pm Fri, 7am - 6pm Saturday & 8am – 5pm Sunday
Seating: Indoor & some outdoor
Have you ever thought of owning your own dream home? Where would it be? What would it look like? Would it be something out of brochures or display homes, or would it be something so unique that visitors are in awe as soon as they step inside? If you picked the latter, then let me introduce you to a house that does exactly that - inspire awe. Welcome to La Maison de L'eclair!
Step inside, step inside, and leave your diet behind. La Maison de L'eclair, or 'the house of the eclair', will most certainly have you in a stare. As you enter, you'll be instantly greeted by a long, illuminated cabinet filled with some of the most spectacular-looking and aesthetic eclairs in Sydney. Carry a tissue with you, as you may drool uncontrollably.
If the only eclairs you've experienced came from a random packet your mother brought home from Coles one day, then this house is sure to rock your world. Expect to have some difficulty in choosing an eclair, but feel assured that the friendly staff members will recommend something suited to your palette.
If, in the impossible case you simply cannot decide on an eclair, La Maison offers delicious snacks to address the pickiest of eaters - both sweet and savoury. They even stock some gorgeous-looking cakes made by the folks at Croquembouche Patisserie, so all you really need to do is take a seat on some funky chairs!
My dining partners and I ranked the following eclairs we had in order of what you really, really need to try.
1. Signature Gold Eclair - $8.50
It's quite the rarity to find a dessert that tastes and looks a million bucks. A gold coated casing of tender bread wraps a beautiful and delicate section of 72% Truffle Cream, that will melt any chocoholics' heart.
What took this eclair to the next level, in addition to the extremely well-balanced flavour of the chocolate cream, was the layer of praline embedded into the base. This delivered a necessary amount of crunchiness that also added a hint sweetness, further complementing an already excellent dessert. An absolute must-try; there is no wonder why this has been crowned the signature eclair!
2. Fresh Red Berries Eclair - $8.50
Ahh, there's something about Bondi's perfect summer breeze and taste of this particular dessert that makes for a fantastically refreshing experience. This fruitful devil is bursting with freshness and flavour, well complemented by a smooth and delicate Vanilla Cream. The berries tasted so fresh, it's as if they had just been picked from the garden. A superb dessert to consume in summer, no doubt!
3. Salted Caramel Eclair - $7.50
It's amazing how something of this size can pack so much sweetness with every bite. In fact, the sweetness of this dessert was so intense it became quite difficult to eat, despite wanting to have more. It was hard to enjoy the gooey-ness of the salted caramel cream because of the sugar intensity, but I'd definitely give this another shot if the sweetness levels are turned down a few notches.
There are so many spectacular, unique and delicious desserts at La Maison de L'eclair that will be sure to keep you coming back for me, and consequently force you to visit the gym more often. I, myself, cannot wait to return and try some more of their ingenious creations and I really hope you pay them a visit soon! Until the next episode...
I have been dessertified!
If you have been, what's your favourite flavour!?