Imagine my surprise on arriving home to find that a macaron store has opened in Greenacre. The bright pink shop front of Macaroned is impossible to miss, the cheery colour scheme extending to the interior, where you’ll find glass cabinets filled with a range of unique macarons. The friendly enthusiastic staff, sporting cheeky branded T-shirts, are knowledgeable about the products and happy to make some recommendations if you are overwhelmed by options
Creative genius Asma, who trained under Adriano Zumbo and Baroque’s Jean-Michel Raynaud, has catered brilliantly to Greenacre’s demographic. All ingredients are Halal, and you’ll find flavours ranging from favourites like salted caramel, chocolate and coconut to pistachio halva, Turkish delight, date and orange cardamom. The top selling flavour to date is watermelon, with honeycomb on the way up.
The macarons are very reasonably priced; around $2.50 or less per macaron depending on how many you buy. Stop by for a coffee and macaron combo, Gould Estate coffee and two macarons for about $7, and get a 6, 12 or 24 pack takeaway.
Mei and I sampled New York Cheesecake, Chewy Peanut Caramel and Toasted Coconut, and were also treated to a Christmas special, Egg Nog. They were faultless; light, crispy biscuits, creamy fillings, very distinct flavours. Big thumbs up for Egg Nog, which was well recommended. I actually rate these over zumbarons, which tend to be quite dense. We had to take some home for Mum to try, adding Tiramisu, Dark Chocolate and Salted Caramel to the mix.
Flavours I would love to try are Cherry Ripe, Salted Popcorn and Rose Water (to name a few), and I’m hoping to catch the reappearance of some of Asma’s more adventurous inventions; Coconut and Lemongrass, Vegemite on Toast, Wasabi, Snickers Inspired, Vanilla Custard Macaron Fritters and Chocorons. Word on the grapevine is that Asma is also looking into adding macaron-inspired desserts to the menu, Luxbite-style. I’ll be keeping an eye on their Facebook site for updates