‘Lette Macarons is a popular macaron chain shop based in Los Angeles. Recently, they opened a stand at the UTC Westfield Mall. I have been really happy with the changes that have taken place in UTC throughout the past couple of years – new shops such as Free People and the Sony store, and even a Tesla showroom, restaurants like Craft Pizza Company and Tender Greens, and dessert shops, including Bottega Italiana and now, ‘Lette.
I’ve had ‘Lette macarons once, when a friend brought them back from LA. My initial impression was that they were quite sweet, but I only had a couple of flavors wanted to try some more.
I felt really shy about taking photos of the stand, but they had some really adorable macaron display stands. You can see more photos of them on Kirbie’s Cravings.
An individual macaron is $1.95, and a box of six is $11.
Sadly, as you can see, the Sweet Almond Wedding macaron cracked a bit in the box… sob. I somehow managed to keep the rest of them intact, though, haha.
Out of these flavors, my favorites were the lemon and pistachio. The sweet almond wedding was really sweet, and I didn’t care for the taste of the marzipan filling.
The lemon curd filling in the lemon mac was really yummy; it was smooth and creamy, yet very refreshing. I also enjoyed the pistachio, which had a strong nutty flavor.
The coffee was pretty good and had a really strong espresso filling. Salted caramel is normally one of my favorite flavors for desserts, and I liked this macaron, but I thought the caramel filling was too moist and softened the macaron shell too much.
My overall impression of ‘Lette macarons is that their shells are really soft compared with some other macarons that I’ve had, and I wish it had more of a crunch. My friends and I theorized that it’s due to the fact that the macarons sold here are brought over daily from LA instead of being made here in San Diego, and they somehow soften up during transport? Anyhow, I found that I preferred to chill them in the fridge for at least a few hours before eating them – they were a bit crunchier that way.
The macarons came with a really cute flavor card:
Overall, ‘Lette macarons were quite yummy, but they’re not my favorites; Bon Epi in Irvine still tops my rankings. If you love macarons, though, I’d still definitely give this place a try!
4545 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego CA 92122 (Inside UTC Westfield Mall near food court)