This is what my sister brought me back from her girls weekend in Sydney. It’s possibly the best souvenir I’ve ever received. This rainbow selection of macarons from La Renaissance was like heaven in a box. I savoured each one. They were every bit as good my first macaron at La Duree in Paris. This might have something to do with the fact that the chefs at La Renaissance regularly attend the Atelier Pierre Herme school of patisserie in Paris which, from what I can gather, has the same standards as La Duree.
The first one I tried was the rose scented buttercream. The meringue outer layer was just as I imagine a cloud to be. It was light and melt-in-your-mouth scrumptious.
Inside, the buttercream was smooth and subtly flavoured with rose water.
The next one was salted caramel. All I can say is oh…my…god. This was one of the most fabulous things I’ve ever tasted. Again the meringue was pillow-soft.
The inside was, wow! As George said on Master chef the other night ‘it popped in my mouth.’ The sweetness with the salt was like a 5-star dessert in every bite and left me with the most deliciously salty aftertaste. If ever anyone needed to make me happy all they’d have to do is give me one of these.
Next up (and no I didn’t eat them all in one sitting) was dark chocolate ganache. This one had the highest standards to live up to as chocolate was the first flavour of macaron I had when I had my first one in Paris. I think you gather by now that the biscuits is fabulous.
I paired the chocolate macaron with the last one from the box – China jasmine green tea with white chocolate ganache.
The fudgey centre of the chocolate macaron was rich and smooth just as you would expect and brought back memories of my maiden macaron experience. The white chocolate filling of the China jasmine was also velvet smooth and the sweetness was nicely tamed by the hint of jasmine tea.
The verdict: next time you are in Sydney, visit La Renaissance for a macaron (or 4). If you are lucky enough to live in the same town as these sandwiched delights, they also make macron towers and will even custom-design flavours for you!
La Renaissance is located at 47 Argyle Street, The Rocks in Sydney, New South Wales.