Ever since I went to a macaron demonstration, and failed thus far to make these French treats with wrinkle-free shells, I have been searching out commercial offerings to see what I like (read, what I should be aiming for).
I read about Café Cre Asion from a Sydney blog, chocolatesuze, and since I was going to be in the neighbourhood, I couldn’t resist the detour. Café Cre Asion (21 Alberta Street, Ph: 04 0494 1528) is a little gem tucked in a side street, a hop and skip from the Museum train station. This place is so tiny; it only seats 8, albeit on the cutest modernist plywood stools.
Café Cre Asion also serves coffee and sandwiches, but it’s really the macarons that people queue up for. There is a long list of flavours, and the main point of difference is the Japanese-inspired flavours (it would come as no surprise that the chef/baker is Japanese). The colours of these macarons actually terrify me, they are so brightly hued, they are practically psychedelic.
The macarons are pricey at AUD$2.70 each, 8 for $21, or 16 for $40. I like these macarons, they are beautiful and the flavours are nice. I do have a couple of gripes though; the shells were more on the crumbly side rather than crispy. And these are just about too sweet for my tastes.
Clockwise, from top left:
Jasmine – the sweetness overpowered the delicate jasmine taste
Cassis – I’m a fan of blackcurrants, and the sweet/tart combination works really well
Lime – this was nice and tangy, I enjoyed the aroma of the lime better than the ubiquitous lemon.
Pistachio – you can’t go wrong with pistachio
Kinako – roasted soybean flour. Savoury and sweet at the same time. Odd but nice.
Lychee and mandarin – with the surprise of a segment of lychee in the centre
The macarons got a a bit squashed in my bag during our meander around Sydney, so the cracks are totally my fault.
The novelty of Café Cre Asion’s macarons are the myriad of flavours, and some that you won’t be able to find elsewhere. I shared my selection of 8 with a friend, and we struggled to get through them because they were just so cloyingly sweet.
Mon – Fri: 7am – 4pm
Sat: 8:30am – 4pm