Was really tempted to eat macarons after Yuan sms-ed me about 2 fantastic macarons yesterday. Thus, I did a net search for good macarons, particularly those we have missed on our blog on it but alas, I have only come across Corduroy & Finch, The Caffebar @ Marine Parade and Choupinette. Of course, there will be a group that are still undiscovered so I will try my luck by popping into any random hotels' bakeries or pâtisserie.
Anyway, after reading other people's comments on the macarons found in Singapore, I have gotten macarons from 3 places in Singapore.
Make a guess, where have I gotten these from?
Starting from the top, Rose and Raspberry from Carousel ($1.80, excluding 7% GST), Rose from Canelé Pâtisserie Chocolaterie ($2.30, excluding 7% GST) and the last two (Strawberry and Raspberry) were from Amande ($1.20 nett each).
Macarons from these 3 places have always been nice or above average but to eat it back to back, the difference is pretty distinct. I had Amande's macaron first and its uniqueness lies in its filling. It has two thin layers of filling, a sourish gelee and a lightly flavoured ganache. Macaron shells are chewy enough but its appearance is alittle inconsistent.
Next, I took Carousel's and it is clearly not as sweet as Amande. As Evan has pointed out, it is just flavoured whipped cream. The edges of the macaron shells are the smoothest of the entire lot.
Finally, I ate Canele's and wow, its bursting rose flavour and its chewy shells makes it the best among the entire lot and my ranking was exactly the same as mummy's (1st - Canele, 2nd - Carousel, 3rd - Amande). In term of sweetness, it seems to be in the order I eat, with Amande the sweetest and Canele, being the least sweet one.
However, when I eat it the next day (I bought Pistachio and Rose & Raspberry from Carousel, Pistache and Rose from Canelé, 4 macarons from Amande and a Rose Isaphan from Mezza9), Carousel's Pistachio and Amande's macarons aren't that bad after all. So, critics are never accurate as tasting depends strongly on mood and our tongue are constantly making comparisons from our previous eats.
Also, this is a shocker, you wouldn't imagine its price? So I am keen to hear how much this is worth in your opinion.
This baby costs me $18 (excluding 7% GST) and is only the size of my palm!!! From mezza9, Grand Hyatt Singapore and they do sell macarons with 3 flavours, passionfruit with buttercream, chocolate and rose. Each macaron costs $3.00, $10 for 3 pieces and $18 for 6 pieces BUT they look funny, like mini coloured rock buns.
This is not worth the money. The shells are crunchy with an extremely rough texture of ganache but I am not sure if this is included in Mezza9 buffet since it was not placed together with cakes and pastries.
By the way, I am happy to spot Evan's bakes under "Where to Find Macarons?"
Readers, I'm sorry for the lack of entries this week. I have been busy at work and not really in the mood these few days, I will need some time before I pen down a proper entry. Meanwhile, I will continue with replying comments.