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HOT: Macaron Tasting, Famish’d, 130 Little Collins St, Melbourne

P1000456v1 HOT: Macaron Tasting, Famishd, 130 Little Collins St, Melbourne

In case you’ve been hiding under an epicurean rock, macarons are the next big (if not already the big) thing in the world of sweets and pastries. Look – even The Age declared it so.

I LOVE macarons. In fact, one of my enduring memories of visiting Geneva was not the lake, the old town or the UN buildings – but visiting Laduree, buying a box containing every single flavour then lazing in a sunny park with RM and devouring them in one sitting. Yes, my capacity for macarons is quite astounding.

So when Em from It Pleases Us asked me to help with blind-tasting macarons for her friend’s café, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Finally, a chance to flex some macaron muscle!

Famish’d is a breakfast-lunchtime café catering to the office crowds down the Paris end of Collins Street and its focus is on fresh, healthy food. The owner Georgia greeted us warmly, opened a bottle of wine and then down to business – six macaron makers, over sixty macarons. Crazy, huh?

P1000457v1 HOT: Macaron Tasting, Famishd, 130 Little Collins St, Melbourne

Until I’d eaten many macarons side by side I’d never realised that there could be such disparity in look, texture and flavour. Some were neat little pops of colour, others looked like kiddie patty-cakes – in fact I deducted points for macarons which were inconsistently shaped. Colours varied from artificial to pallid. Flavours ranged from teeth-achingly sweet to almost undetectable. Textures sadly were mostly too gluey and dense in the middle or with large air pockets inside the biscuit. And as much as I love macarons, honestly some of them were not very nice.

Like true professionals, Em and I took a bite out of each macaron from a particular flavour (ie all pistachio, all lemon, all coffee etc), put the remainder in our takeaway boxes and made our judgements. In the end, our unanimous vote went to La Tropezienne for the best consistency in texture, flavour and pretty presentation. And Gabriel Gate agrees with us!

You’ll be finding La Tropezienne’s macarons at Famish’d in the next few weeks. And I guess if you go in and you don’t like your macaron, you know it’s partly me to blame :–)

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17 comments for “HOT: Macaron Tasting, Famish’d, 130 Little Collins St, Melbourne”

  1. Professional macaron taster? Life sounds tough Joyce!

    Posted by Gourmet Chick
    Twitter: carawaters
    | September 27, 2010, 10:03 am
  2. Sounds delicious, on my next visit to Famish’d (twice a week for lunch) I’m looking forward to having Macaroons with my coffee, Thanks for the recommendation.

    Posted by ralph worth | September 27, 2010, 10:39 am
  3. looks like the best way to appreciate the flavours of macarons. i’m sure this will quickly catch on in Sydney now :-)

    Posted by Simon Food Favourites
    Twitter: simonleong
    | September 27, 2010, 11:25 am
  4. That’s crazy, as I’m reading this I’m having La Trapozienne’s macarons at this very moment! One’s raspberry and one’s chocolate, and I got mine for Les Parisennes Pates, the French grocery on Lygon St (near the corner of Lygon and Grattan!) They’re fab, good to know there’s a city location I can grab some from as well!

    Posted by Vee @ Munching (in) Melbourne | September 27, 2010, 1:46 pm
  5. Gosh.. I would have loved to be part of the tasters!! I just wasted 2 whole nights up to the wee hours attempting to make macarons, FAILED.. gave up and went to Lindt in desperation.

    Posted by msihua
    Twitter: msihua
    | September 27, 2010, 1:49 pm
  6. such a tough job!! I dont think I would have been as professional as you, I may have shoved them all in my mouth at once and just gone into a sugar coma. But what a way to get knocked out!!

    Posted by Maria@TheGourmetChallenge | September 27, 2010, 2:26 pm
  7. When I was in Paris this year, I ate (and blogged) 66 macarons in 2 weeks. So I’m with you in your macaron-eating capacity.

    And I wish I could’ve been *with you* here too! :D

    Posted by Hannah
    Twitter: wayfaringchoc
    | September 27, 2010, 2:59 pm
  8. Oh wow! What enourmous fun! I have to say I wasn’t entirely fond of La Tropezienne’s macarons the first time I had them on Glenferrie Rd, but it was a while ago so perhaps they’ve perfected the recipe.

    Will have to revisit Famish’d soon! :)

    Posted by Ashley
    Twitter: squeewubs
    | September 27, 2010, 4:22 pm
  9. oooooo what an awesome task!
    which other places were represented amongst the macaron making?
    I must agree their macarons are perfect looking, but i remmeber when i went about half a year ago they were slightly dry and filling err’ed a little on the bland side (though probably a different interpretation compared to the super sweet ones that you can get). Though then again they may have improved from then, +/- batch variability.=) i shall go try again. hehe

    Posted by Allan | September 27, 2010, 11:07 pm
  10. Tough life! But somebody’s gotta do it!

    Posted by Celeste @ Berrytravels
    Twitter: berrytravels
    | September 28, 2010, 11:05 am
  11. Did you read http://www.melhotornot.com/hot-macaron-tasting-famishd-130-collins-st-melbourne/ – La Tropezienne macarons @ famish’d tomorrow.

    Posted by famishd (Famish'd) | September 30, 2010, 10:14 am
  12. Macaron tasting can be tough :-)
    I polished off over 40 macarons in 6 days in Paris. Loved the Laduree and Pierre Herme macarons.

    Posted by Thannh
    Twitter: ieatblog
    | October 13, 2010, 10:01 pm

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