When I had my first macaron in Paris 5 years ago, I didn’t like it. Not because it wasn’t good – it was better than most macarons I’ve had in KL – but because I didn’t understand the appeal of this dainty treat. Now I do. A macaron isn’t meant to be tucked into. It is there to tease and leave you longing for more. Almost like an encounter with a Casanova.
The macarons from The Mandarin Cake Shop did just that – tease. So small, yet so much pleasure in one bite. The crust crumbles, giving way to a chewy and moist interior. However, I think the surprise element lies in the filling. Chocolate, lavender, vanilla, butterscotch, caramel, rose, lemon, passionfruit…the possibilities are endless.
I sampled the hazelnut, orange, blackberry, calamansi, strawberry, chocolate and butterscotch macaron and found them pretty good. Of the lot, the calamansi and hazelnut left quite an impression. The former was an ideal combination of sweet and sour, while the hazelnut was rich and with a delicately nutty flavour.
I like how the macarons aren’t artificially sweet as atural ingredients are used to give them flavour. These treats cost RM5 per piece and comes in a beautiful gift box should you opt for takeaway.
The Mandarin Cake Shop
Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
50088 Kuala Lumpur
03 2179 8846