While we were waiting for our ramen, I spied a sign in the shop across the street. “The Best Macarons in L.A.” according to Time Out proclaimed the sign. I have to admit, my curiosity was piqued- so after slurping down noodles, we crossed Sawtelle Blvd. to check out Chocolate Opulence.
Chocolate Opulence makes hand-crafted chocolates and macarons. While the chocolates look picture perfect, the macarons look like they’ve been made by hand, a little more uneven in execution. Unlike most macarons, many flavors were textured on the outside, like the petal-flaked rose macaron.
I have to admit that I am not the biggest macaron fan. For the same price, I would much rather have a big soft chocolate chip cookie. However, Master Chef Junior had recently aired a macaron competition, and I had macarons on my mind.
My daughter, who enjoys macarons, liked her chocolate one. With bits of chocolate on the outside, the macaron had the ruffled edges that the cookie should have.
The creme brûlée macaron was not quite as successful. Even though the top had that brûlée look to it, the macaron tasted more like one of those Chinese almond cookies with a bit of buttercream in between. Also, from a technical standpoint, the buttercream was not filled to the edges, which would have elicited a negative remark from Gordon Ramsay or Christina Tosi on Master Chef Junior.
At $2.75 each, the price of the macarons were a little steep, given that fancy schmancy Ladurée charges $2.80 for theirs. Would I call these the best macarons in Los Angeles? Sorry to say, the answer is no. Perhaps next time, I’ll try one of their beautiful chocolates to see if it lives up to the store’s name.
Location: 2011 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles 90025
Website – http://chocolateopulence.com
Kid-Friendly – Yes
Kid’s Menu – No
Vegetarian Friendly – Yes
Gluten-Free Options – Yes