Cacao Fine Chocolates & Patisserie (#2)
Westfield Doncaster store
1st floor, Kiosk 107
619 Doncaster Rd
St Kilda Store
52 Fitzroy St
St Kilda, 3182
Ground Level, GPO
Cnr Burke & Elizabeth Streets
Being wound up with all the other sleek cafe’s and dessert places all around Melbourne, I had neglected Cacao’s macarons for a while now. But I was compelled to return after recently being named winner of both Melbourne’s Best Macaron & Best Designer Macaron of 2010. This event was hosted by former Masterchef contestant Linda Kowalski and judged by celebrity patissier Adriano Zumbo, Larissa Dubecki and Lady Mayoress Emma Page Campbell. Though “suspiciously” there are a few rival macaron makers that did not participate in this event, hence naming Cacao’s macaron’s as the “best in melbourne” may be a little exaggerated, but we certainly shouldn’t deny their gorgeous macarons all the credit.
I have to admit this is probably the 4th-5th or might even be 6th time I have paid a visit to Cacao’s. Being at Doncaster means its easy to pop by for a macaron fix, and no doubt their macarons are beautifully created with those lovely meringue feet, a subtle outer crunch & soft interior. The ganache is decadent and flavoursome! Anyways, this is more a visual post than anything, so enjoy the macaron porn! =)
Pistachio – my personal favourite out of the lot. An aromatic pistachio meringue, pistachio ganache and sprinkles of pistachio praline – – pistachio, pistachio and more pistachio… i love it!!! The different infusions of pistachio give this macaroon various kicks of crunch, flavour and balance. And it’s not too sweet – Delish!
(left) Short Mac – i love the delicious bitter-sweet aromas that linger on the palate much like how a good coffee does. Paired with the dark chocolate ganache this was a divine piece of work.
(right, top) Strawberries and cream – a rather jam-sweet ganache with a subtle strawberry flavoured meringue.
(left) Burnt Orange – certainly did not taste like burnt orange, but had a odd resemblence to strawberry wafers with hints of citrus. Makes me feel like a little kid again scoffing down wafers =).
(right) Passionfruit – sweet-sour passionfruit meringue with a strong dark chocolate ganache. Tasty, but personally I think the blend of sweet and sour in the tangy lemon was much better =).
(left) Hazelnut praline – strong aroma of roasted hazelnut with notes of coffee =)
(middle left) Pistachio
(middle right) Coconut – has quite a subtle taste of coconut. Not as strong or vibrant as the other flavours.
(right) French vanilla – the taste of pure vanilla lingers on the palate for quite some time. It’s very nice, but a little overpowering (rich) for my personal taste.
Other that I didn’t manage to take a photo of… sobs:
Salty caramel – I think the name speaks for itself, with that sugary sweetness from the heavenly caramel ganache perfectly matched alongside the hints of the sea. This is an equal favourite of mine alongside pistachio !!
Tangy lemon – refreshingly sour! I get the shivers with that initial hit of tart, but it ends with a pleasantly sweet aftertaste.
Dark chocolate – nice, but not memorable – not sure if it needs a stronger component of bitter to bring it to another level. Rather ironic given Cacao is meant to be a specialist chocolate store.
… and they come in these neat little boxes – keeps all those yummy macarons in pristine condition on the way home =).
Rating: Yummy+1 – mouth-watering worthy.
If I were to recommend some, I’d definitely say the salty caramel & pistachio are a must try!
My questions to YOU : Which place makes your favourite macarons? What’s your favourite flavour?