Shop 1019C, Podium Level 1
International Finance Centre
Harbour View Street
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2833 5700
Even though the macaron fad has come and gone, I have to admit that I’m still a sucker for those pastel-coloured buttons of cuteness and sucrose. So when we ended up at the IFC mall one afternoon, I knew I had to make a stop at Pierre Hermé.
I wish I took photos of the little store (which took forever to find, mind you) but Pierre Hermé has a ‘no photos’ policy. I even tried to be discreet with my iPhone but the ladies were sharp as a fox and told me off before I could even access the camera app on my phone. Oh well.
So I got a box of seven macarons (HKD$210/AUD$30.21). I had a hard time trying to choose flavours but I think I managed to get a good mix of floral and fruity flavours, though I surprisingly managed to stay away from the chocolate ones even though there were quite of a few of them on display.
These are the flavours I got (from top to bottom):
1. Infiniment vanille: vanilla varieties from Mexico, Tahiti and Madagascar.
2. Infiniment caramel: salted butter caramel.
3. Envie: vanilla, violet and blackcurrant.
4. Médélice: lemon and flaky hazelnut praline.
5. Jardin merveilleux: mandarin & orange olive oil and cucumber water.
6. Ispahan: rose, litchi and raspberry.
7. Infiniment rose: rose and rose petal.
Each macaron worked out to be AUD$4.30 – that’s almost double the amount you’d pay for a decent macaron in Melbourne! So was it worth it?
Well, yes. I think.
Each macaron was intensely flavoured, yet delicately textured and best of all, there was none of that sugar overload. The salted butter caramel macaron was definitely one of the best I’ve tasted (and trust me, I’ve had HEAPS of salted caramel macarons in my lifetime) but my favourite would have to be lemon and flaky hazelnut praline one – who would have thought that those two flavours would work so well together?
The hefty price tag for a box of macarons at Pierre Hermé means that I won’t be buying a box every time I go to Hong Kong (why, when there are heaps of tea houses and yum cha restaurants to explore?). That said, I like them enough that I’ll probably end up buying a box or two at one of the Tokyo stores in November to bring back to Melbourne – not for me, but for others to enjoy (ahem).