Ever since bB was lucky enough to chomp on some Laduree macarons, painstakingly carted home from Paris by the wonderful Mama Kathryn, she has been pondering this issue – Are there, or are there not, any good macarons in Singapore? bB believes this is a very serious issue that needs to be looked into…
Hours of research later, bB decides to hold her own investigations. And so, we have the very first entry of **The Macaron Scribbles**!
The first macaron shoppe under scrutiny is ET Artisan Sweets, tucked away in a little corner in the west of Singapore, on Holland Grove Road.
Unfortunately, they do not allow photography in the store. I think this is a pity as they are passing up awesome free publicity opportunities. The store is full of adorable pastry-related items which Kate and bB could not stop going “Oooh”, “Aaah” and “Awww” over…
bB could not resist buying two macaron charms, along with a box of six macarons.
How cute are the charms? S$6 a pop and they come in several colours and combinations. They are made in a very lightweight foam material and are very nice to touch. I wish they made a rose one in red and white though. I think it would be an awesome pop of colour.
Get ready for a feast for the eyes… <3
From left to right: Salted Caramel, Summerberry, Pineapple, Lemon Raspberry, Yuzu, Rose.
Macarons are S$15 for a box of 6, S$30 for a box of 12, S$48 for a box of 20. More details are available on their website.
ET’s macarons are very substantial. They seem at least 30% bigger than standard macarons.
But… size is secondary. How do they taste?
bB will be trying two flavours a day, starting with the Salted Caramel, and the Summerberry.
First up, the Salted Caramel…
Honestly, bB didn’t like it. It seemed a little too chocolatey. Could not taste the caramel much. The chocolate overwhelmed the flavours a little too much. The texture of the biscuit was nice, albeit a little rough. I think it lacked the refinement of Laduree’s macarons.
Next up was the Summerberry. bB had higher hopes on this one since she loves strawberries…
And she wasn’t disappointed. :)
The Summerberry flavour was subtle and smooth. I loved the jam between the buttercream, and the biscuit seemed smoother as well.
First impressions of ET Artisan Sweets’ macarons – The size throws me off a little. Some say it’s good value for money to get big macarons for the market price. I’m not sure I agree. Yes, macarons are expensive for the size they are. But I feel that it is part of the whole enjoyment to have that tiny piece of delicate exquisiteness to savour.
The texture of the biscuit also seems rough in comparison with other macarons I’ve tried (besides Laduree’s). Maybe this is why the larger size isn’t working for me. If the texture was smooth like the other macarons I’ve tried, I may not be complaining about the size at all. LOL!
With the larger size of the macarons combined with the rougher texture, I feel ET’s macarons are like the robust, countryside cousins of the delicate Laduree macarons. This is bB’s first impression so far. Let’s see if it changes as we try the rest of the macarons over the next two days.
32 Holland Grove Road
Henry Park Apartments
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