🇨🇵 For most people, the battle of the macaron comes down to Ladurée or Pierre Hermé. However, I would like to propose a different alternative: @sadaharuaoki_official, a Japanese patisserie known for using traditional Japanese ingredients and flavors in French-style pastries. Aesthetically, the pastries are more minimalistic, but what they lack in style, they more than make up for in taste.
I picked up a box of 12 macarons (20.40€) and the ones that stood out were the ones featuring Asian flavours. Below are flavour notes for the macarons in order of preference. All macarons are paired with a mild white chocolate gnache unless otherwise indicated.
Wasabi - my favourite due to its unexpectedness and creativity. It has a gentle wasabi flavour that is very distinct but without that super spicy kick.
Earl Grey - the tea flavour really comes through with strong aromatic notes of bergamot.
Coffee - aroma is super strong. I could taste it even before it hit my tongue. This was paired with a mocha ganache which made it even more aromatic.
Black Sesame - strong (not too sweet) aromatic flavour. Very authentic in taste.
Hojicha - nice roasted tea flavour.
Matcha - great creamy matcha flavour (think Royce) which is not too sweet.
Yuzu - bright sweet citrus flavour. They probably incorporated the peel as well as there were hints of that bitter zestiness.
Caramel - not too sweet with a slight burnt flavour of butterscotch
Strawberry Rose - tastes a bit like rosewater
Raspberry - sweet and not too tart
Citron - lemony flavour - slightly tart
Pistachio - there was more of an almond flavour than pistachio. The pistachio taste is almost an aftertaste
So how does Sadaharu Aoki compare?
I like SA much more than Ladurée (much too sweet). However, Hermé still has my vote for best macarons overall. The shells at Hermé seem lighter and crunchier than SA, and Hermé also seems to have more intensity in its flavours. However, SA comes in at a VERY close second and if you're craving any Asian or tea flavours, Sadaharu Aoki cannot be beat.
Thank you @wonderchicevents for the great recommendation!
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