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I have never been too hot about French soup. Typically, I would order a soup only when it is part of my set lunch or dinner menu.

But the onion soup at La Cantine in Asia Square is no ordinary affair.

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Cevennes Onion Soup on a “Foie Gras Royale”(S$28)

Located at Asia Square Tower 1, this casual French restaurant is helmed by 3 Michelin starred chef Bruno Menard. Accolades aside, La Cantine is tucked in a corner beside a more prominent “The Exchange” bar. From the exterior, it feels like an unassuming cozy bistro with contemporary interior.

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I should hang my head low with shame because it has been a long time since I last wrote a dining review. Indeed, I am guilty for slacking off on the food front, and have been trying to catch with the endless slew of fashion and makeup news and story ideas.

It’s not as if I haven’t been visiting interesting eateries. One place that I recently been to is Antoinette, a French eatery set up by a Singaporean chef.

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I have heard of “Bistro Du Vin” a number of times, but I never knew that it was such a cozy eatery nestled at the back alley of a shopping mall along the glitzy Orchard Road. For that split moment, I thought I was transported across time and continent ala “Midnight in Paris”, a film by Woody Allen.

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I had some free time in Hong Kong and I needed to break away from the comfort zone (i.e. Starbucks and Caffe Habitu). Thanks to a reader who sent me a list of coffee and cake places that I have to check out, I managed to end up at Le Salon de Thé de Joël Robuchon, in the Landmark at Central, Hong Kong.

Apparently, this place is quite popular for its afternoon tea!

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This is for real: Starbucks sells Macarons!

Miss Glitzy spotted this at a Starbucks outlet in Tokyo. There were 3 flavours (Caramel, Maroon and Apple Cinnamon) available at that store and each individually packaged like a cookie.

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Each macaron was huge – with a diameter of 4.5cm with artificially polished surface. Each macaron costs 220 yen (about S$3.40).

First impression – it is expensive, since the Pierre Hermé macaron, albeit a lot smaller, only costs 230 yen each. Next, in terms of appearance, the Starbucks macaron was reminiscent of the Icing Room one.

However, a bite of the Apple & Cinnamon macaron proved to be a pleasant surprise. The shell was crumbly, slightly chewy and sweet. The apple cinnamon paste was sour so it balanced out the sweetness of the macaron shell. The cinnamon in the filling added some spicy fragrance to the macaron, which was very unique.

Please don’t ask what “maroon” flavour means – due to language difficulties, Miss Glitzy was unable to get an answer from the barista.

PS: Stay tuned for the review on Pierre Hermé macarons!

Final verdict (out of 5 points):

Miss Glitzy: halfcup

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On the beach by the sky
Down a path between the stars
Kindred flowers perfume
A heart in search of dreams

There is this quaint little dessert shop at Clarke Quay Central called Gobi and it sells Macarons!

Much to everyone’s delight, Miss Jazzy managed to get the stuff – there are 7 flavours available and she purchased a box of 6. Each piece cost $2.50 each.

The cutie pies were reasonably sized and looked every inch well-made. It was somewhat love at first sight.

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Matcha
The M Connoisseurs mistook it as Pistachio macaron initially, due to the pistachio bits on top. Miss Jazzy found it flavourful. The shell crumbled easily yet the macaron was quite chewy.  It was a unique flavour with light fragrance of the pistachio. Miss Glitzy wiped up all the crumbs like a vacuum cleaner while Miss Frazzle Dazzle (F.D) found it very authentic.

Calming Floral
There was a light floral smell which was delightful. Taste wise, the macaron was sweet but did not leave much of an impression. Miss F.D. was like the Simon Cowell when she said that the flavour was hardly memorable.

Rose
Miss Jazzy loves the Rose to bits. She called it “a dream”. How dramatic could she get? The ganache was generous but the taste was not too overpowering. The balance of the shell and the ganache was quite balanced.

Camomile Dream
This felt like it was right out of the tea bag! It felt very different and pretty mind-blowing as the M Connoisseurs had never tasted something like this before. This was also the least sweet of the lot, probably a great choice for tea lovers who are in search of tea infused macarons.

Black Sheep
Look wise, the Black Sheep looked like a mini hamburger with generous serving of chocolate filling. This was the best chocolate macaron that the M Connoisseurs had tried so far. Chocolate macaron with a right tilt of sweetness – not sour or bitter.

Morgan Blend
The purple shell was misleading as it got the Connoisseurs guessing if it was Lavender or Blueberry flavour. According to Gobi’s website, Morgan Blend is made from Lapsang Soucheng tea is blended with bergamot oil and dark chocolate. It tasted a tad weird and artificial.. like Smarties – funny how tea infused macarons don’t seem to work. The Connoisseurs still prefer the authentic Black Sheep over this.

Final verdict (out of 5 points):
One of the best so far!

Miss Glitzy:

Miss Jazzy:

Miss Frazzle Dazzle:

GOBI
The Central #01-27
Tel: 6534 8187

Katong Mall #03-13 (available for pick-ups only)
Tel: 6345 2127


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The M Connoisseurs continue to look for more Ms.

A little birdie mentioned that at the far end of the West, there is a cutie cutie shop that sells macarons at an affordable price. Miss Glitzy visited Jurong Point and found this open-concept bakery with shop assistants dressed like French maids! The Icing Room is a new initiative from homegrown Breadtalk and it’s a happy place where kids can design their own cakes there!

Miss Glitzy went straight to the macarons – there were about 5 flavours available. If you are into fine gift packaging, the prepacked bag of 3 macarons might work as the polka-dotty ribbon looks kinda cute.

Price wise, each piece is $1.80 and 3 pieces cost $5.00.


from left: Green Tea, Chocolate, Passionfruit

Miss Glitzy thought that Miss Jazzy was a bit bummed that The Icing Room does not have her favourite Rose flavour. Miss Frazzle Dazzle joined in the taste test too.

First thought, the macarons were bigger than those from TWG or Canele but the colours were dull and unattractive and the shell was very coarse.

Green Tea: The shell crumbles into a mess after one cut and this observation was consistent with the Chocolate and Passionfruit ones. There was no fragrance of green tea and the taste was weird.

Meanwhile, Miss Glitzy shall entertain everyone with a picture of the crumbly green tea macaron that matches her green dress:

Chocolate: The crust was like a hollow biscuit, atypical of a macaron shell. The “ganache” was just chocolate cream which was sour. Bad.

Passionfruit: There was some very light fragrance but Miss Frazzle Dazzle (what a long name..) thought that it tasted like a fruit gum sweet. Nonetheless, Miss Jazzy commented that passionfruit macaron feels very local and tropical. Maybe TWG or Canele can consider developing this flavour and do a better job.

Final verdict (out of 5 points):

Miss Glitzy: (left intentionally blank)

Miss Jazzy: (left intentionally blank)

Miss Frazzle Dazzle: (left intentionally blank)

No cupcake points for The Icing Room! But if you wish to check that place out:

The Icing Room (Outside BreadTalk)
63 Jurong West Central 3 #B1-73
Jurong Point Shopping Centre,

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