Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Sweet Fix - Macarons

If you follow me closely on Instagram (Nichology), it's not difficult to figure out one of my favorite desserts - macarons. Who can resist pretty looking colorful sweet stuff? And yes, it works the same for cupcakes by the way.

I've been on the hunt for the best macarons in town, although i know the best macarons in the world come from Ladurée and Pierre Hermé. If i can't settle for those instantly then i guess i will just have to settle for the next best. And so i started looking, and will still continue, at least until my weight allows.

For the record, macarons are made out of sugar, egg whites and normally filled with ganache. And if you are wondering or trying to make up what that is, it spells nothing but calories. But with the right macarons, i say the calories are pretty worth while, even if it means spending another hour at the gym or so.

Canelé Pâtisserie Chocolaterie

Canelé undeniably serves one of the best macarons in town. I don't actually remember flavors very well but i like the pink one with a jam center, the salted caramel flavored one, and there was once they had a "limited edition" peppermint flavored one in blue which i thought was really good. I'm normally not into peppermint stuff but the macaron was good, fantastic, better than usual. Most of their flavors make the passing mark in my opinion, so either way you should be safe with any random pick.

252 North Bridge Road
#B1-46/47, Raffles City Shopping Centre
Singapore 179103
+65 6334 7377


Bakerzin on the other hand serves up mediocre macarons. But because you can easily find Bakerzin snugged in the corner of heartland malls, it also means it's a good quick fix without having to head to town if you really were in need of this sweet treat. I find their macaron shells to be too soft and not of the right texture. And yes, for the quality you get, you also pay a slighter cheaper price.

290 Orchard Road
#02-09, Paragon Shopping Centre
Singapore 238859
+65 6333 6647

High Society

I was in high hopes when i received macarons from High Society. Tucked in the middle of Marina Bay Sands, i was expecting it to be good, or at least on par with Canelé, which i think till date is still one of my preferred choice when i need to settle my sweet fix. Sadly, the shapes of the macarons by High Society didn't really catch my attention. Correct me if i am wrong but macarons should be filled with generous filling and nice piped shells. These ones really didn't make the mark with appearance, and neither with the taste. I felt that the filling was basically chocolate and cream, as well as the shapes of the shells were inconsistent.

10 Bayfront Avenue
#B2-43, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Singapore 018956
+65 6688 7522

Nick Vina Artisan Bakery

Somewhere in the corner of Icon Village (a mall near Tanjong Pagar), you'll spot an artisan bakery - Nick Vina. These macarons looked good and tasted good, but for one thing i didn't like - my fingers were stained with coloring by the time i finished each piece. And for your info, it takes about a minute or less for me to finish a macaron. I wouldn't mind eating these again, but knowing you ate so much artificial coloring after finishing each piece doesn't really help, especially after already knowing how much calories each macaron contains. 

12 Gopeng Street
#01-54/55, Icon Village
Singapore 078877
+65 6224 7848


It's a love-hate relationship with the macarons from TWG, basically because their macarons are all tea flavored (as you would have guessed, TWG). I'm always spoilt for choice when i am there. With the right flavors to suit your palate, you are bound to enjoy these, which look as good as they taste. And because they have quite an array of flavors to choose from, finding one that you like should be easy. 

2 Orchard Turn
#02-21, Ion Orchard
Singapore 238801
+65 6735 1837

I've yet to try the much raved about Antoinette, as well as others like Obolo, Jewels Artisan and Sweet Spot. But for now, i think the calories will have to burn before the next intake. 

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