BOBBETTE & BELLE - macaroons
Very exciting news for all macaroons lovers. Bobbette & Belle which have only been available at high end shops like McEwans until now, are finally opening a store front location on Queen, near Leslie.
Opening is this weekend. We drove by today and they did a wonderful job on the storefront. Looks wonderful. Can't wait. I think they make the best macaroons in the city. Esp. love the passion fruit. Nice presentation too.
Ah ha! So I went. Twice. It's really pretty in there. Also: macarons were bad and then good, so inconsistent over my two visits. Best? Raspberry marshmallows.
When I heard Bobbette & Belle had opened up a shop in Leslieville, I quickly made plans to make my way over and check things out. While they are well known for their cakes, I was homing in on their macarons. You see, among many, there is the never-ending quest to find “the best” macaron (for Toronto), and I’m happy to count myself in on the hunt. But it wasn’t their macarons that had me swooning in the end…
Taking up the large space left by Hogar Home Decor, Bobbette & Belle has done it up simply in whites and with a rustic elegance. Cakes are show-cased along one wall and treats of all kinds are on the opposite side. Two groupings for seating are available, but you can tell it’s meant only for occasional (and small) parties. I move toward the counter at back of the shop where other treats beckon.
Cakes, cupcakes, and macarons are kept on a counter exposed to open-air – attractive, but not practical. Ask when things were put out, as my first just-before-closing run was a bit of a bust with dry whoopie cakes and stale macarons. The redeeming item of the night was the package of raspberry marshmallows. Lightly tart and not too sweet, I thought these were fantastic and pondered when I could next snag another bag.
The answer to my pondering: a week later. I decided to get more marshmallows and give the macarons another shot. Much better results from my midday visit, as the macaron was quite good with a nice chew. I’m a fan of salted caramel, and that happens to be my favourite flavour from Bobbette & Belle. I thought the vanilla (teal) and passionfruit (yellow) were also quite good.
On my way in, I spied salted caramels and passionfruit marshmallows and added those to the pile. The caramels were buttery and chewy, though I felt that they could have used a bit more salt. Passionfruit marshmallows were also really nice… but raspberry was still better!
And so we come back to the primary reason for visiting the store: the raspberry marshmallows. There was only one bag left, so I grabbed it despite the sweating that had occurred inside the bag. Not pretty, but it wasn’t of great concern, as they were slated to become part of something else.
That something? Raspberry marshmallows… in hot chocolate.
After securing the requisite number of hot chocolates from Grinder 2 (2 blocks up on Gerrard), the marshmallows were cut down into smaller cubes and added. The combination of chocolate and slowly-melting marshmallows with the hint of raspberry dancing around the tongue was really, really, good. Everyone I served this to as an afternoon treat was quite in love with the combo, myself included.
Pondering when I can go again…
Mr. Millygirl loves their red velvet whoopie pies. Must try the raspberry marshmallows sometime. Their Date Night Hot Chocolate gift box makes a really nice hostess gift too!
I love they way they have designed the store. It has such a nice feel to it. Like you say jlunar rustic but elegant.
Do you know if the address on the website is the address of the store? I wonder what time they open?
1121 Queen Street East
I tried these from Summerhill Market (who no longer carry them).
Not bad - but VERY sweet - great if that's the style you prefer.
446 Summerhill Ave, Toronto, ON M4W, CA
I am by no means a macaron expert and I hate to put a damper on those who are excited about these macarons, but I have to say that Bobbette and Belle`s are terrible. Far too sweet, with a very thick and crunchy crust and absolutely no chew. My 4 year old, who loves the macarons from Ruelo, took 1 bite and said she didn`t want anymore.
I'm not an expert either but Ruelo is in Richmond Hill and Bobbette & Belle is 2 minutes from my home. This makes me very happy.
Having said that, I'd never heard of Ruelo until now. They have a very nice website and their stuff looks really good. I must make a mental note next time I'm in the area which I must admit, is not very often.
550 Hwy 7 E, Richmond Hill, ON L4B, CA
millygirl -- combine a visit to Ruelo with lunch at Northern Dumpling Kitchen -- they are in the same plaza. Great, fresh dumplings, really inexpensive. No crazy waits or "we're out of half the menu" like at Mother's Dumplings. FWIW, Ruelo has the best macarons that I've tried in the city so far (haven't tried B & B yet). I think there may be some consistency issues, because I've read other reports where people didn't get that nice crispy chewy consistency that I've had the couple of times I've been there. But what I've had has been good. Salted caramel and pistachio are my favourite flavours.
421 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON , CA
550 Hwy 7 E, Richmond Hill, ON L4B, CA
Northern Dumpling Kitchen
550 7 Hwy E, Richmond Hill, ON L4B3Z4, CA
Just returned from Bobbette & Belle. What a beautiful store it is and feel very lucky to have such a place in our 'hood.
We bought some cupcakes and of course, macaroons. I can't say for certain that they are the best in the city but they are damn good!!! We tried the passion fruit white chocolate which is my fav, and the salted caramel. Both excellent with a nice chewy texture.
The cupcakes (red velvet, chocolate and vanilla) are for tonight's desert.
The place is simply beautiful and their cake designs are incredible. Martha Stewart eat your heart out!!
I'll admit, I'm a macaron snob. Moved to Toronto 18 months ago and I've yet to try the much-raved about B&B macs.
Had an old friend visit from Seattle this week and they were staying around the corner of the place so I figure what better place to take them for a light morning meal? The store itself was gorgeous. Demo cakes on the shelf looked great, so we were looking forward to the treats.
Had a croissant, mango-peach nectar and macs of the following flavours - pistachio, black-currant, passion fruit.
The croissant was good; nice, light and fluffy. The nectar was great. The macs left something to be desired. Not enough filling, two of the six shells had hollows and there wasn't a distinguishable flavour in each of the macs. Mind you the last macs I had were from Bisoux-ciao in NYC and those blew EVERYTHING I've ever tasted away in terms of macarons. But for a place that gets as many raved reviews as Bobbette's, I was expecting a lot better in terms of taste and quality.