Get on top of the latest food trend! Who cares if you pronounce it MAC-A-RON or MAC-A-ROON, they taste amazing so chow down! Here we go, in no particular order…
Café Siciliadolce Pasticceria
Tucked away in the industrial sector of Moorabbin, this Sicilian café makes all the best Italian desserts (including Melbourne’s finest cannoli) and their macarons compete just as well. There are all your basic flavours – the classic French vanilla, strawberry and lemon (which definitely packs a zippy punch) but if you call in advance, you can order the delicious and one-of-a-kind zuppa inglese macaron. For all you non-Italians, this is a classic custard-based dessert similar to a trifle. The nifty variety dozen is a definite favourite and makes the trip to Moorabbin definitely worth the while.
It’s no secret that Brunetti cakes are to die for, but their macarons have stolen the spotlight. There’s the basic vanilla, chocolate and lemon flavours as well as the more extravagant mango or tiramisu. Try the vibrant green almond biscuit and pistacchio cream macaron which is the perfect amount of sticky, chewy goodness. If you’re feeling extra fancy, ask for takeaway and the macaroon will come on its own mini gold plate. For those who like to supersize, Brunetti also make the mother of all macarons, measuring 7cm across.
La Belle Miette
This cute cupboard of a shop is a hidden gem along Hardware Lane which exudes French class and elegance. As a macaron speciality shop, they have some of the quirkiest and eccentric flavours you’ll ever come across; cherry blossom and sake, Pimms and pomegranate or Moet et Chandon and blackcurrant. These little bombshells of flavour will definitely delight your tastebuds and the quaint, Parisian atmosphere of the shop is just an added bonus.
Run by Malaysian couple Bernard Chu and Yen Yee, LuxBite is a modern macaron heaven. With extremely creative and unique flavours, the brightly coloured, hand-crafted macarons not only look picture-perfect, but they taste pretty spectacular too. The Malaysian influence is most evident in the kaya toast and pandan flavours. If those don’t tickle your fancy, there’s also Oreo, Ribena lemonade or vanilla crème brûlée flavours to sink your teeth into.
The hand-crafted French macarons are just one of the drool-inducing specialties offered at Cacao. Not one for simplicity either, there are obscure, tasty flavour combinations including violet and cassis, coffee and dark chocolate or peanut butter and chocolate. Caramel lovers, grab the salted caramel macaron which uses hand harvested sea salt all the way from Brittany, France to make the rich, sweet caramel taste ten times better. Excellently, Cacao has two CDB locations – double trouble.
I wrote this piece for Time Out check it out on their website!