Soirette Macarons and Tea has opened its door’s in Vancouver and Pastry Chef and Owner Shobna Kannusamy is putting out some of the best macarons that I have ever had!
I made sure I visited in the early afternoon when there would be a good selection of flavors still available~because of the labor intensive process and the fact it takes a couple of days to make a macaron properly so once the flavor is gone that day its gone. I was greeted warmly by a server and the owner herself is in the shop on a daily basis in the back making great creations.
The temperature controlled case is like a kaleidoscope of color!. The toughest decisions that you will have to make are A) how many do you wanna get and B) what flavors might you indulge in~the quality isn’t something you have to worry about so you can focus really on your favorite or interesting flavor that might catch your fancy. Some of the more exotic flavors are based on whats in season and what inspires the owner~the mandarin orange is an example of that and inspired by the Chinese New Year and Shobna is soon coning up with a blood orange macaron to fill the place of the mandarin orange.
I went with a dozen for $22 and decided to eat 6 in store and had a Americano to wash them down with. For my eat-in choices I went with the rocher, pistachio, cappuccino, mandarin orange and 2 caramel fleur de sel.
Like a good macaron should it was like cracking an egg shell when biting in and the inside was soft and airy~a definite pleasure to eat. The stand out flavors that I had in-house were the mandarin orange and the caramel fleur de sel which had a chocolate ganache outside with a caramel in the middle and I got the salt hit when I first bit into it and then it quickly dissipated and the caramel flavor came through.
The packaging here is first class, the box keeps your precious little treats safe from bouncing around and breaking. The flavors I took home with me were raspberry, malibu, chocolat chocolat, pink peppercorn, passion fruit and matcha.
Pink Peppercorn, with a chocolate ganache filling the pink peppercorn isn’t that strong and works well with the filling, I haven’t had many chocolate/pepper combinations before so I was intrigued by this one.
Malibu, it’s like being on the beach!, the top is sprinkled with coconut and has a white chocolate ganache, the coconut flavor for me came at the end and wasn’t too strong.
Matcha with a white chocolate matcha ganache filling, this was a bit subtle in flavor for me and could have used a bit more matcha in the filling.
Passion Fruit, this one has an intense tart chocolate ganache filling, I’d say it was the strongest flavor out of all I tried~it was really good!
Raspberry, with a butter cream filling this was a slightly tart and creamy combination.
Chocolat Chocolat, with a chocolate outside and a chocolate ganache filling this is appropriately named, it’s a must try for any chocoholic.
I loved my first visit to Soirette and I’m going to definitely make it a usual spot for me seeing it’s close by and has the best macarons I’ve had so far in the city.
The person that turned me on to macarons is Follow Me Foodie, she takes her macarons seriously and has even gone to the trouble of making these herself~it’s a 2 day process so the price that is charged for these baby’s is worth it when you take labor cost in to account, you can read Mijune’s post here about Soirette and if your new to macarons and would like to know what to look for or would just like a great read please check out Mijune’s post “The Perfect Parisian Macarons” please click here.