I am a freelance writer from Perth who is passionate about food and loves exploring new and exciting places. My best trait is that I am honest...and my worst trait is that I am honest. I will provide reviews that are well thought out and fair.
Published October 15th 2012
Ooh la la Macarons are the best thing to come out of Paris
For those of you who have been living in a cave, a macaron is a bite sized light and tasty biscuit which is made of two almond meringues filled with ganache, curd or butter cream (depending on the flavour).
Macarons have become a bit of a craze lately, with the help of shows like Masterchef and My Kitchen Rules gracing our screens. They seem to be popping up everywhere, and I am actually quite happy about this as I love macarons. I feel like I am a qualified person to judge them as I have tried them from the famous Ladurée Bonaparte in Paris, and even made my sister bring me some back from Paris the last time that she was there. Well, Perthonians, we are in luck; Maison Saint Honoré is in town, and their macarons are to die for.
There was an exhibition shop set up at the Perth Royal Show this year and it was stunning. Firstly, there was a large Eiffel tower made out of macarons. That was all kinds of awesome. They also had birthday cake size Croquembouche style pyramids of macarons. They were advertising them at the show as they are available to purchase for any occasion.
So, I purchased three macarons to try, which was difficult as there were so many flavours that I wanted to try. I settled for praline, coconut and raspberry. They were the perfect size, which is about three small mouthfuls. At $2.20 each some people may classify them to be a trifle expensive, but if you have ever made them you will know that they have expensive ingredients and are time consuming to make. I think that they are well worth the price. The macarons were all to die for. They were perfect little pillowy circles, they were crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, and the fillings were exquisite.
The raspberry was my favourite as it was a perfect balance of the tartness of the raspberries and the sweetness of, well, sugar I suppose. My aim is to gradually try every flavour. What a wonderful little treat. They are the perfect accompaniment to morning tea, afternoon tea, high tea, birthdays, engagements, weddings, or whatever. This company has perfected the recipe and I definitely recommend getting your hands on some.
You can find the delicious macarons at the Fremantle markets. You can also find them at the Murdoch University Markets every Thursday (except during the holidays), Manning Markets every Saturday morning, Duncraig Markets on Saturday's once a fortnight, Subiaco Markets every Saturday morning, Palmyra Markets every Sunday morning, Claremont Shopping Centre all day Friday and Saturday and the Perth Night Market every Friday night. So there is no excuse not to go out and find some. You will not regret it.