The first time i stepped into L'Opera was due to the colourful Macarons on display .... I do not have a sweet tooth ... or to be more accurate .... i DENY i have a sweet tooth .... a delusion i foster so that i can refuse dessert on the grounds that sugary stuff is not my thing .... a very important facade to maintain since in our country .... nothing is a more auspicious tradition than "mooh meetha karna" (making the mouth sweet) ... that ubiquitous act of feeding someone something sweet to celebrate or wish good luck .... So you can imagine, that an Indian ends up consuming vast amounts of sugar for any good happenings in life .... and we are a race that celebrate more days in the calendar than any other country .... not to mention our vast way of celebrating marriages, birthdays, anniversaries and other chronological milestones .... presenting "mithai"(sweets) is a very revered art of etiquette on part of Indian guests and feeding "mithai" is an equally revered etiquette on part of Indian hosts .... So you see .... it is necessary for an Indian girl to make it known that she does not enjoy sweets ... if she wants to escape all those calories dressed in love and affection .... hahahaha !! .... However, no Indian worth their heritage would miss a chance to taste the sugar confections around the world ... given a chance ! .... L'Opera India is a French patisserie and boulangerie  .... meaning they serve pastries, sweets and various other type of baked goods ..... They are of course most famous in Delhi for their colorful Macarons .... those sinful delights with a soft moist filling sandwiched between two firm crusts .. you bite into crispness and your teeth sinks into utter softness .... and by the time you chew .... there are a million flavours dancing on your tongue ... exquisite !!!! .... When L'Opera India invited us for a food tasting recently ... we practically starved ourselves of unessential calories to prepare for the evening ..... I have tasted Macarons from Laduree, the famed parisian patisserie at Harrods London, Paris and Milan .... and also from Pierre Herme, Paris - the famed "Picasso of Pastry" .... Delhi has been missing out on this French perfection for a long time until L'Opera was founded by Laurent Samandari (more about him later) .... So off we went for an evening of tasting (in other words a massive bout of gluttony heheh) ... Read on to see what we saw and most obviously loved ;)


Macarons L'Opera India




Macaron



A macaron  is a sweet meringue-based confection made with eggs, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder or ground almond, and food colouring. The macaron is commonly filled with ganache, buttercream or jam filling, sandwiched between two cookies.
The confection is characterised by a smooth top, ruffled circumference (referred to as the "foot" or "pied"), and flat base. It is mildly moist and easily melts in the mouth. Macarons can be found in a wide variety of flavors that range from the traditional (raspberry, chocolate) to the new (foie gras, matcha). The fillings can range from jams to ganache to butter. - Wiki

Larousse Gastronomique cites the Macaron as being created in 1791 ... some trace its French debut back to 1533 .... Well all we know is that the following 11 flavours (and increasing) currently in L'Opera outlets are begging to be tasted, so we gave them the pride of place in our pictorial :D




Lemon Macaron


Pistachio Macaron


Raspberry Macaron


Chocolate Macaron


Coconut Macaron


Coffee Macaron


Passion Fruit Macaron


Vanilla Macaron


Praline Macaron




Salty Caramel Macaron


Food Pairing


How to eat Macarons or very sweet French pastries : Well, by itself if you have sugar cravings .... or you are a taste hunter who wouldn't think of sullying your taste buds with any other accompaniment while relishing a delish french pastry :) ..... But for most people who are antsy about appreciating such amounts of sugar .... try out the following pairings .... the rule is .... there is no rule .... it all depends on The Adventures of Captain Tastebud  .... hahaha !!










L'Opera India


We first met Shradha Singh, the Deputy Managing Director of L'Opera India, at their Saket Citywalk outlet ... We were devouring our favourite dessert Tropezienne .... which is like a burger with vanilla cream filling .... and she was making a flower arrangement in the corner .... we started chatting on the subject of floral arrangements .... its her passion and she likes to style the arrangement herself .... it was not until the very end that we exchanged business cards ..... she was delighted to know that we were such massive fans ... and naturally the invite to the tasting happened ..... where we met the gracious Samandari clan :) ... Following are some store shots :

Thomas Blanchard, Executive Chef, L'Opera India

Thomas Blanchard, Executive Chef, L'Opera India




Shima photographing , see her reflection in the mirror :)








Pierre Nicollier, COO, L'Opera India

Laurent Samandari with parents Christine and Kazem with Shradha Singh, L'Opera India


Macaron fever in India :)



L’Opéra is managed by French Bakery Pvt. Ltd, a company founded by Laurent Samandari in 2008.
The name “L’Opéra” refers to the renowned opera house in Paris, one of the refined symbols of the French capital but also to the delicious multi-layer chocolate and coffee French pastry named “Opéra”.

The initial idea of L’Opéra popped into Laurent Samandari’s mind while he was desperately trying to find some authentic French bread and pastries during an internship in India. With the support of his family, he conducted a market research of nearly 2 years, bringing to India some of the best bakers of France to ensure no aspect was missed to deliver the best quality of products. With the support of the croissants lovers in Delhi (the first tests happened within the French Embassy kitchen), L’Opéra managed to re-create the flavours and pleasures of France.

In 2010, L’Opéra started a delivery service. As of 2011, the first outlets started opening in Delhi and Gurgaon. The family is deeply engaged in the daily business ensuring the consumers can experience a complete and authentic French experience in Delhi. There are not less than four family members constantly involved in the operations, providing their unique French touch to L’Opéra. ( We met Laurent Samandari (Managing Director), Laurent's cousin Pierre Nicollier (Chief Operating Officer), Christine and Kazem (Laurent's parents) and many more cousins)

Inspired from the typical French “Salon de thé”, a concept that emerged at the beginning of the 20th century, L’Opéra is setting a new trend in the Indian delicatessen market, based on innovative ideas regarding quality, atmosphere and presentation.
The French taste is inherent to L’Opéra’s identity. All our products are tested by several French connoisseurs before being introduced in our stores and the main criterias are the product authenticity and finesse. We deeply believe the reason why people like our products is that no one is able to deliver the French authenticity at this level of quality and price point.This is why we have an Executive Chef from France who is running the production in Noida, with state of the art equipment, several key gears having been imported from Europe.
Production starts in the evening and we have, daily, several deliveries to each of our stores ensuring the best freshness for our products. On top of our deliveries and special events, we currently run 4 flagship stores, respectively in Khan Market, DLF Promenade Mall, DLF Galleria Market and SelectCitywalk Mall.

L’Opéra is the recipient of the following prestigious awards:

2012 
Gourmet Guru Award for Best Chef: Bakery and Confectionery

2011 
NDTV Good Times Food Award for Best Dessert and Coffee Menu in India

L’Opéra Executive Chef, Thomas Blanchard, was also distinguished by the Food and Nightlife Magazine with the Gourmet Gurus Award for Best Chef Bakery and Confectionary in 2012. Thomas’ passion to spread unique French “savoir-faire” and taste around the world led him to India early 2011 after an impressive work experience as an Executive Chef in a number of restaurants and high-end pastry places in France. Thomas has also served at Lenôtre in Paris as Chef de Partie specialising in biscuits, confectionary and petits fours, Thomas was semi-finalist in the “Best French Craftsman” competition (Meilleur Ouvrier de France). 

Hope you liked the post .... until next time .... Bon Apetit peeps :)

DS


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