Macaron Cafe at the Fairmont Hotel
Above: Cookie dough cheesecake (ordered by G). Creamy and rich cheesecake sandwiched between two chewy chocolate chip cookies, topped with whipped cream and chocolate.
Happy Father’s Day to all fathers out there! This year, I treated my dad (and the rest of our family) to lunch at our favorite Korea Garden, then went on to try out Macaron Cafe at the Fairmont Hotel. (Will have to save up for the time I can treat my whole family to a hotel buffet.)
Above: Real meringues as centerpieces on the table. Am not really a big fan of meringues as they really taste like little dumplings of sugar…too sweet but make for pretty displays.
Of course, what is Macaron Cafe without the macarons? My mom got a plate for us to share: Raspberry Chocolate, Chocolate Muscovado, Orange, Sesame, and Hazelnut. My favorites were the Raspberry Chocolate (which had sweet raspberry macaron shells sandwiching rich chocolate ganache) and the sesame (which had a nutty filling). The Chocolate Muscovado was a little disappointing because it was the only one which had crunchy instead of chewy macarons, plus its filling had hardened. We must’ve just gotten unlucky with that particular piece.
All their desserts were very meticulously made and were all very rich and flavorful.
I had the Oriental Cake. This has layers of matcha green tea mousse, crunchy sesame, and chocolate cookie, topped with white chocolate. Loved the balance between the bitterness of the matcha green tea and the sweetness of the other layers. Perfect for matcha dessert lovers like me!
My parents shared the Mango Cheesecake. The cheesecake was dense but not overwhelmingly rich, and had a faint taste of mango. It was topped with a bit of mango puree and chopped pistachios.
My sister chose the Vanilla Doughnut, which had a creamy vanilla filling and was generously topped with powdered sugar. I tried a bit of this and liked the filling combined with the softness of the dough and sweetness of the sugar. Sinful but delicious, this has a chocolate version as well (topped with chocolate ganache and possibly filled with chocolate cream).
My other sister had the Kiwi Danish. I didn’t get to try this but she said she could taste a lot of butter in this one, but there is certainly no other way to achieve extreme flakiness in a pastry without the butter! Needless to say, she said this was one of the more quality pastries she’s had.
My brother had the Raspberry Chocolate slice, which I presume was similar to mine wherein it had different layers of cream and crunch, but with chocolate and raspberry flavors instead.
I am slowly getting into the coffee habit (don’t know if it’s a good thing or bad), and ordered a Cafe Americano because I can’t really tolerate too much dairy. Served with a meringue, this coffee was really strong even if I crumbled the meringue, put in a whole packet of raw sugar, and mixed a little bit of cream in it. I think this had my blood racing for a while and definitely gave me the bitter kick I needed.