By Stephanie Brubaker
Photography by Anna Jones
To eat at Les Madeleines is to love Les Madeleines. Romina Rasmussen, a Utah native officially trained in New York, unofficially trained in Asia and granted bonafide Francophile status (by us) continues to wow locals with her beautifully-presented desserts and the creativity mixed into her savory treats—all available at her French-inspired patisserie nestled on 200 South.
Why is Les Madeleines crushable? First and foremost, because Romina uses only high-quality ingredients—including a type of butter that’s better than what you can find in France, if you can imagine, and as a result her pastries not only taste delicious but their intense flavors linger just long enough on your tastebuds.
Moreover, she whips up favorites that include hard-to-find Kouing-Aman (also spelled “kouign”). Romina’s recipe has a cult following that keeps customers coming back for more. Seriously—Les Madeleines is one of only two bakeries in the states offering this pastry delight, originally from Brittany. Another winter pick is the Meyer Lemon Meringue Tart, showing off the most in the citrus season. If you’re visiting for lunch, go for the sesame chicken wrap or the caprese with house-made pomme frites (yep, that’s French for French fry). If you’re a lavender fan, don’t leave without a glass of lavender lemonade. Savor it; you’ll be transported to Provence while it lasts.
We dare you to walk in this patisserie/cafe combo and treat yourself to just one item. In fact, we’re so confident that we’ll double dog dare you. All signs point to your loving everything on the menu as much as we do. Promesse.
Les Madeleines Patisserie & Cafe
216 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City