A few months ago I received a lovely message from the PR rep at la Madeleine. She invited me and my fellow Tasty Tulsa bloggers to the “bloggers and media” tasting event. This was to meet the owner of the company, taste their dishes, and give some feedback. We were so excited to go, unfortunately when the time came we were out of town. Still dreaming of dining on French fare, which happens to be my very favorite kind of food, we finally made our way to Cherry Street for a visit last week.
Eric and I had two different visions in mind of what la Madeleine would be like. Eric was expecting a sit down, fussy sort of restaurant, where you are waited on and there are linens on the table tops. As it turns out, I was thinking more realistically, casual French food that is perfect for ladies who lunch, quick dinners on the go or a decadent breakfast sandwich before work. It is set up a lot like Panera Bread, as in you order at a counter, all the while staring googly-eyed at delicious pastries and desserts behind pretty little glass cases. Before you know it, the little croissants, cookies and tarts lovingly call out your name, until you inevitably snatch one up and eat it.
For dinner I decided upon the Duet Magnifique ($9.99) – it is basically a half sandwich, half soup combo served with either a side of chips or their “tomato basil pesto pasta salade”. I decided to order my duet with a Croque Monsieur and the tomato basil soup. The Croque is basically a fancy ham and cheese, made with Swiss and a garlic cream sauce, and it is delish! I enjoyed dipping it in the warm tomato soup and felt I was transported back to my comfy childhood while nibbling away. The side of tomato basil pasta was very light and enjoyable, and complemented the meal.
Eric, who loves my Quiche Bardot recipe, decided to give one of their quiches a whirl, and ordered the Quiche Lorraine ($6.99). It was served with a petite salad, and he opted for Caesar, but of course. The Lorraine was a flaky, warm pastry crust full of eggs, ham, bacon and swiss cheese. It was quite delicious and the Caesar salad was done very well alongside.
For dessert we decided to try one of their Lemon Tarts, and I cannot remember the price on this one. It was a basic pie crust, with a creamy lemon filling. Next time we will pass on the lemon tart, as this was not loved by us, and give the French vanilla berry tart or Tiramisu a try. The great thing about their dessert selection is they offer full sizes, and mini sizes, for those that like just a sweet nibble at the end of a meal.
We really enjoyed our trip to la Madeleine and I’m eager to return to try their breakfast selections. They have a bit of everything to tempt the palate: light and fresh, rich and savory, and most definitely sinful and sweet.
la Madeleine is located at 1523 E 15th Street