If there was ever a dessert almost too beautiful to eat, it probably came from NadÃ¨ge Patisserie. I use the word “almost” carefully. I can’t imagine a cake so stunning that you wouldn’t want to eat it. It’s beautiful, therefore you MUST eat it. That’s like saying Ryan Gosling is too good-looking to want to be horizontal with. No, it’s the reason I’m writing this lying down.
NadÃ¨ge Patisserie is famously known for its all-white shop looking onto Trinity Bellwoods Park. The second location opened a year ago in Rosedale. Owned by NadÃ¨ge Nourian and Morgan McHugh, they are known for their famous bite-sized rainbow-hued French macarons, cakes, buttery pastries and sandwiches.
Shopping in NadÃ¨ge is like perusing a jewelry store with sweets laid out in a single layer visible through a clear case. Which gem do you want to try today? The salted caramel macaron ($2.15) is the most popular flavour out of the dozen on display. In a city that is lucky enough to have as many macarons available as cupcakes, it’s important to note why those at NadÃ¨ge rank among the best. According to NadÃ¨ge herself, the perfect macaron has, “a shell that is a bit crunchy on the outside and soft inside. But for me the most important is a good filling. The right proportion between the biscuit and the filling.”
Small cakes are like miniature works of art, beautifully decorated individual desserts hiding sweet, blissful secrets inside. The C3 ($8.50) is a perfectly shiny dome of caramel mousse, coconut mousse, chocolate cremeaux, chocolate fleur de sel and a tiny morsel of biscuit. It is amazingly airy; I imagine eating a caramel-flavoured cloud.
For chocolate lovers, NadÃ¨ge insists the decadent Pur Noir is the way to go; otherwise, try something different with La Mancha, a saffron crÃ¨me brulee with honey mousse, blackberry coulis and shortbread biscuit. There really isn’t a bad choice.
Chocolate tablets ($9) are available in flavours from A-Z including untraditional flavours of banana, chocolate with pop rocks, and even Parmesan. Marshmallows, biscuits and easy to grab treats make edible gift-giving a breeze. Pumpkin lovers can expect an array of fall treats to be available soon.