I am even more absolutely and completely picky when it comes to my biggest obsession, macarons. With the sudden boom of interests in these lovely-teeny-tiny-perfect-little-confections, a lot of misconceptions have been created. Made out of a few simple ingredients, they are very far from being simple. Complicated little divas.
People who think that macarons are overrated just think that way because they have not tasted what real macarons are supposed to taste like.
People who doesn't know what real macarons are made of aren't able to appreciate them.
To me, the perfect macarons should:
*Have perfect, even, feet
*Have smooth tops
*Be slightly crunchy on the outside, but should not make a "crunch" sound when you bite into it
*Be cakey on the inside
*Have no gaps in between
*Have identifiable flavor profile, but not overpowered
*Not be too sweet
Even in the States, there are too many pastry shops that sell these so-called-macarons-that-they-really-should-not-be-selling. So disappointing. And now I'm having similar experiences in Melbourne. Pretty looking things that looks as scrumptious, but taste soooooo far from what they're supposed to be.
Anyway... enough rants about the macarons ;). The past few days, my lovely cousins have been taking me around town and showing me some really good eats in Melbourne. Here are some noteworthy ones.....
*Three Bags Full: Brunch. Gosh how I MISS brunch! Got the big breakfast. Filling and satisfying. The roasted mushrooms were really good. The wait to be seated was not too long, but it took a while for the food to come out. Their coffee is really good tho. Highly recommended.
*Max Brenner: excellent hot cocoa concept. Didn't try any desserts or truffles... will have to go back. (pic on prev. post)
*Brunetti - nutella macaron: sugar overload. OMG. I struggled to finish it. They simply put a dollop of nutella as the filling. Shells were gap-y and crunchy. The server gave me one that had different shell sizes. I asked for one that looks better. Their tiramisu is just alright. Nothing to brag home about...
*Puccino - salted caramel macaron: It was actually decent. The shells have the right texture and they look pretty darn sexy. But the salted caramel was a bit too sweet to finish a whole one. (no pic)
*Laurent - mango-passion macaron: huge, massive, utter disappointment. Even their shapes are not appealing. And the taste was even more disappointing. Couldn't even make up the mango-passion flavor, and even worse, there's a weird bitter aftertaste. Their cassis mousse could be better. Basic jaconde, biscuit, and cassis mousse. A gelee insert would add a nice touch and perhaps present more cassis flavor.
I'm flying out to Sydney tomorrow, and I'm on a mission!! I'm challenged to find the best macarons in OZ (or at least, in Melbourne and Sydney). I'm excited to try more desserts and pastries too! Hopefully I won't get too fat when I go back to Indo.... hahaha