We stopped by one of our favourite French bakeries in Vancouver last week – Faubourg in Kerrisdale – for some coffee and Viennoiserie. When we walked in, the first thing we noticed is that Faubourg now bakes Parisian macarons! Finally! (They had been selling them for a few weeks when we visited.) If you know me, you know I adore macarons and have tried quite a few around the Lower Mainland. So of course we had to pick some up from Faubourg to see how theirs would fare. Now considering we haven’t had anything we didn’t like at Faubourg, the odds were in our favour, but you never know with macarons because they are a delicate treat to expertly master.
- Tahitian Vanilla Bean: A light, vanilla delight made from exotic vanilla beans and decorated with poppy seeds.
- Salted Butter Caramel: Tasting like those beloved sweet ‘n’ salty candies, this macaron provided the perfect combination of those two flavour sensations.
- Hazelnut Praline: All the experience of crunchy hazelnuts is encased in this smooth and creamy confectionery.
- Grapefruit Campari: A unique flavour option combining this citrus fruit and apéritif macaron, we could certainly identify the grapefruit flavour and loved its pretty peachy colour.
- Lemon Ginger: Lemon and ginger root filling is what we found inside this delicious confectionery. It has a bright lemony flavour with a subtle ginger undertone.
- Faubourg Signature: A favourite in-house, and certainly a favourite of ours as well. Since it didn’t have a description of its ingredients, we weren’t sure what to expect. However, after taking one bite of this white chocolate macaron, we were hit with a burst of bold passion fruit flavoured ganache. Delicieux!
- Mandarin Orange: We didn’t sample, but it is described as containing a citrus ganache combination that is sure to please.
- Pistachio: A pistachio flavoured filling with black sesame seeds baked into the shell.
- Raspberry Rose: Like picking a raspberry from the bush, this fruity macaron will be a summer favourite. Often the rose flavour can be overpowering with too much of a floral taste, but this one was equally balanced with raspberry and rose.
- Forest Berries: We did not taste this one, but it is listed as a delectable combination of blueberries, blackberries and blackcurrants.
- Dark Chocolate: This macaron is slightly bittersweet and exquisitely delicate, having a hint of licorice.
- Cappuccino: A creamy espresso flavoured ganache, we initially smelled the rich coffee aroma before we bite into it.
The perfect macaron (in my opinion) should be dainty, not too big, have even feet, a crisp outer shell, and an adequate amount of ganache or buttercream. They should not be overly sweet and should be packed with flavour as well as aroma. Faubourg macarons possessed all the criteria and honestly, we were blown away! Perhaps we were surprised at how incredible they are because we’ve had so many in this city that just don’t cut it – i.e. Thomas Haas and Thierry (too large, too much food colouring, bland flavours, etc.). However, we should have known that Faubourg doesn’t make anything without care and quality. If you love French macarons, then you’re going to want to make your way to Faubourg ASAP!