Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Macarons on my mind

I’m not obsessed. Really. But Sylvia had told me about Acide, a little-known macaron patisserie in the 17eme. And that the chef patissier, Jonathan Biot, was claiming his macarons were every bit as good as Ladurée and Pierre Hermé’s. And that his flavors were wacky and wonderful and begging to be tried. What’s a Sweet Freak to do? Of course I had to check it out.

It’s a sleek little spot in the darling Bagatelle neighborhood. And aside from a select few other desserts, it’s all macarons.

Indeed, in wacky flavors and in luscious Technicolor.

When you look down on them, it’s like it’s raining macarons.

Are they as good as the masters?

Chocolat noir. Rich and chocolaty, just the right side of fudgy.

Bubble gum. Hubba bubba, I wanna blow a bubble!

Salted caramel. Always a classic.

Strawberry and pepper. Surprisingly subtle.

Oui, they're pretty damn good.

When you go and taste for yourself, be sure to also peek into M. Biot’s high-tech kitchen in the back of the boutique. And maybe take one of his Sunday afternoon classes.

But, I’m not. Because I’m not obsessed. Really.

72 rue Legendre, 17eme


"All things French" said...

What a wonderful find! a little macaron boutique ~ I'm wondering what flavours did you try ?
They are so...well behaved standing up on their ~petit pied~.
salted caramel pour moi Merci!

ParisBreakfasts said...

Ah ha!
These shells are exceedingly bumpy,
soooo the almond flour has not been sieved enough perhaps..?
He's charging more than the Ritz for his classes...hmmm
Still I would like to taste them.. But there seem to be an awful lot of bandwagon jumpers who are not up to snuff...
Nothing like mixing yr metaphors!
You didn't say how much they are?

a Broad said...

We saw Marie Antoinette ( Sofia Coppolla) just the other night. It was interesting to see that macarons seemed to be in Every Scene !
By the end of the film, or as long as I could watch it, I was convinced that I really should try eating macarons and drinking champagne .. every meal .. sounds good to me ~

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

They are definitely hand-made (not piped by machine). I will venture into this area to try some of the flavors. I am macaron obsessed and not ashamed to admit it!


Café Crème said...

Last year I took a 'Macaron-Class' at 'Atelier des Sens', by Jonathan !
I still make my macarons the way he thought me!
Now I want to visit his boutique....

PreteMoiParis said...

Strawberry and Pepper! odd... I gotta try it!!! Thanks for the awesome tip. BIses!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Hubba bubba macaroon? You've got to be kidding!!

Anonymous said...

I love all the new places you discover!

which only means, I REALLY have to venture out more and discover the city!!


Sweet Freak said...

Of the four flavors I tried (four macarons for 5,90; eight for 11,90), two were fantastic (the bubble gum and chocolate, the former just because it was so bizarre... and dead-on; the latter because it was the perfect richness without being cloying), one was really great (salted caramel) and one was good (the strawberry pear). I think any artisinal baker is worth spending the extra centimes on. And, it's fun to discover a new name in town who can indeed play in the big league. But oui, next time - if I can - I'll try to save them until I get home so I can savor them with champagne!