Taste Test: Chocolate Macarons
The pride of Parisian patisseries, the macaron is a sublime treat of almond powder, powdered sugar, buttercream, or (in the case of chocolate ones) ganache. Pastry chefs will tell you that the bite-sized delicacy is not the easiest to tackle in the kitchen because it requires the right balance of patience, precision and technique. We tried chocolate macarons at four Mumbai patisseries to find the one that struck a balance of another kind—a perfect shell with a filling to match.
Raheja Tower, Bandra Kurla Complex, near the IL&FS Building, Bandra (East). Tel: 2644 8888.
In Yauatcha’s chocolate macaron, delectably smooth ganache was sandwiched between a disappointingly dense shell that was also a tad sweeter than it should have been. ★★★☆☆
Shop 24 , Cusrow Baug , Colaba Causeway. Tel: 2288 0101. 29/30 Link Square Mall , off Linking Road, near KFC, Bandra (West). Tel: 2646 9010.
The texture of Theobroma’s chocolate macaron shells was just right the degree of crumbly; the filling however was cloyingly sweet. ★★☆☆☆
LE15 PATISSERIE WINNER
Ground Floor, Good Earth, Raghuvanshi Mills, Lower Parel. Tel: 97692 86544. First Floor, Palladium, opposite Indigo Deli, near T. G. I. Friday’s, Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel. Tel: 97692 86544.
Owing to their deceptively pink shells, Le15’s chocolate macarons are often mistaken for raspberry or strawberry. This is a shame because the colour is the only thing that’s amiss in an otherwise perfect macaron. Silken ganache was enclosed within two judiciously sweetened shells that were firm to the touch and yet collapsed with ease on the tongue. ★★★★★
ARTISAN, THE SOFITEL WINNER
C-57, opposite Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (East). Tel: 6117 5000.
It’s a pity that the chocolate macarons are not a daily offering at the Sofitel’s patisserie Artisan. However, they’re well worth the effort of telephoning the hotel to check if the chef has baked a fresh batch. The chocolate fudge-like filling was nothing short of decadent in its richness, while the soft and moist light-brown shells, like those of Le15, melted in the mouth. ★★★★★