The Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel at the Caudan waterfront in Port Louis created a dessert for two this whole Valentine’s month. A ‘revisited’ Puits d’Amour. Not to be confused with the French jam-filled puff pastry, this one is a different take on the Mauritian Puits d’Amour. A dessert that got us ‘revisiting’ the Labourdonnais Hotel twice within a week.
The somewhat ‘lost’ Mauritian Puits D’Amour
The Mauritian Puits d’Amour consists of a sweet crust pastry base filled with traditionally a crème legère which is then usually topped off with dried coconut sprinkles and a candied cherry. A favourite of my wife who has forever been on the quest of finding the perfect Puits d’Amour. One reminiscent of her childhood. Unfortunately until now, she has been pretty much unsuccessful in finding a deserving one.
I could not resist the opportunity at hand upon hearing about the Labourdonnais Hotel’s take on my wife’s favourite childhood dessert (most likely still is). I had a table booked for Valentine’s day itself in the hope she would finally get the taste she has been craving for years. So far, the Labourdonnais Hotel has never disappointed me on dessert. Their vanilla tart being one of my personal favourites.
The Puits D’Amour Revisité
The revisited Puits d’Amour was visually unlike any traditional Mauritian Puits d’Amour. It consisted of even dollops of crème legère layered between discs of sweet crust pastry. The hollow centre filled with strawberry preserve at its base was topped with fresh strawberries. Truly visually revisited. But how did it taste? And did the Labourdonnais Hotel manage to fulfill my wife’s long Puits d’Amour quest?
Absolutely! The crème légère instantly got her going into some sort of orgasm. “This is the real deal. This is exactly the taste I’ve been on about,” she said.
The cream was undoubtedly velvety and more refined than those found at the average pâtisseries around the country. Its crust, baked to perfection and not too crumbly or brittle. The use of strawberries instead of cherries probably enhanced the experience further. The dessert had the right balance of sweetness. The crust complementing the cream and the preserve adding a little tartness.
One Last time
We were so pleased with how the Labourdonnais hotel executed this dessert that we convinced some friends and family to give it a try before valentine month was over. The Puits d’Amour revisité was only available from the 7th of February until the end of the month. We eventually booked another table at the hotel’s Coffee lounge and got the team to have a go at it. The limited to February dessert also came with two Vanilla Lattes which they happily swapped for some of us espresso lovers.
Pranav started conceiving ISL AVENUE in late 2012. He has travelled the world from a very early age and hence developped an affinity for travel, hotels and food at different levels and from different cultures. He admires architecture and design but is deeply passionate about horology and cars. He carries a business background and is an aircraft pilot.