Laduree is one of those places which is probably owned by a private equity firm, and probably have all their food made in a central warehouse somewhere, managed by people with hairnets and plastic aprons. But when you are in one of their restaurants, it feels like it is a one-off, one of a kind experience.
The Laduree in Covent Garden Market Place has two levels, which have separate queues. Which was pointed out to me by the waiter as if ‘obviously’ each level would have a separate queue. Perhaps they do in Paris?
The food and experience can’t really be faulted though. The upstairs is shelted by strong umbrellas, so even when it started to poor it down we were able to continue our meal in comfort. In fact it was quite cool to be sheltered while everyone else ran for cover.
You can see all the shoppers in the covered market area and hear the street performers outside the church, so the athmosphere is great. It felt like an oasis of calm in the centre of a very busy Covent Garden on a Saturday.