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Hediard Boutique and Cafe-Restaurant

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Chocolate & Earl Grey Macaroon

Chocolate & Earl Grey Macaroon

Chocolate & Earl Grey Macaroon

Chocolate & Earl Grey Macaroon

Hediard Cafe and Restaurant – a little French shop tucked at a corner of Tudor Court, just beside Tanglin Mall. We have walked past it countless times, but never once did we step in to take a look. And yesterday, the day which marked our first visit to Hediard, turned out to be the turning point in our relationship with French macaroons.

Other than its own cafe-restaurant, Hediard has its own boutique store, which sells a wide variety of food items, e.g. foie gras, bottled soups, bottled sauces, tea leaves, pralines, chocolates, coffee beans etc. Being our first time there, we were quite impressed with the spread of items Hediard offers. And just beside the boutique store was a little cafe-restaurant. The selection at the cake counter was pretty limited, but what caught our eyes was the huge French Macaroons!! Each macaroon spanned a width (diameter) of 6cm! Sprinkled with gold dust and topped with a little “H” chocolate, the macaroon looked so enticing! We have never been fans of macaroons, in fact, we disliked macaroons. The biscuits of the macaroons were usually too sugary, airy and overly sweet. The buttercream sandwiched between the 2 layers of biscuits was just sweet, with no distinct taste at all (no matter what flavour). It was a confectionery with absolutely no substance at all.

But we were so tempted by this huge macaroon from Hediard that we did not hesitate one bit and immediately picked the Chocolate and Earl Grey flavoured. And this decision changed our relationship with macaroons forever. The Chocolate and Earl Grey macaroon from Hediard was essentially a “Chocolate Burger”. The “conventional layer of buttercream” in macaroons was replaced with a thick generous slab of chocolate fudge. It was a very dense layer of filling. Rather than just being sweet, every bite of the macaroon revealed dense chocolate fudge complemented with a distinctive earl grey taste. And this thick layer added chewiness to the entire macaroon. The biscuit was not that airy, but was more flaky instead. For many macaroons, the typical taste would just be pure sweetness, with no strong flavours. Hediard’s macaroon is a macaroon with substance, and not just air.

This 6cm diameter macaroon is a definite hit with chocolate lovers. It will totally change your opinions about macaroons. Forget about macaroons from those commercialized cafes/bakeries, try this one at Hediard. After which, you would never try another macaroon from anywhere else.

At $6.20, this macaroon is on the expensive side, but the surprise and substance which came with it, this is definitely worth the money.

Hediard Boutique and Cafe-Restaurant
123-125 Tanglin Rd, Tudor Court

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Written by foodphd

March 4, 2011 at 1:01 pm

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  1. The little H makes it look so elegant! It looks tasty, too. I’ve loved all the french macarons I’ve tried, but they all came from a quality small-scale bakery, too. If they’re made well, they’re heavenly!

    leighbakes

    March 4, 2011 at 1:25 pm

  2. […] was their macaroons. Their macaroons definitely didn’t look as appealing as those of Hediard’s, but somehow, we decided to give them a chance. We chose the green tea with chocolate fillings […]

  3. […] the crunchy layers, and they complemented the fudge well. It was almost similar to what we had at Hediard’s, where a thick layer of fudge was sandwiched between 2 sugary layers. In this case, the biscuits […]

  4. […] consumed as a whole. This was definitely unlike the dense fudgy centre of the macaroon we tried at Hediard. On the whole, the three flavours tasted decent, comparable to those from Canele. Priced at Baht 15 […]

  5. i passed by a couple of times, just didn’t meet the opening time, i can’t miss the macaron anymore,gotta go there straight after work, cheers!

    adelyc

    October 3, 2011 at 12:51 am


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