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I noticed that I haven’t been updating much on the wine & dine front. I have been going back the same old, same old and just didn’t have any mind-blowing experience to report back. With new establishments sprouting around the island like dandelions, I have decided with a list of interesting places that I MUST VISIT!

1. Cocotte

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The Macarons. The traditional French pastry that tastes sweet as divine. You don’t have to fly to France to get these cute little angels because the M craze has been slowly spreading in our sunny island.

Together with Miss Jazzy the Macarons Connoisseur, Miss Glitzy will be reviewing macarons in Singapore and make the attempt to sift out the good, the bad and the ugly. Assessment criteria include colour, taste, aftertaste, packaging etc.

For the first part of the series, Miss Glitzy and Miss Jazzy will look at TWG and Canelé Pâtisserie. In an attempt to compare apples to apples, the M Connoisseurs try to keep to 2 same/similar flavours from each brand.

TWG – $2.00 per piece

This company does not scrimp on packaging. For just 3 macarons, the pack was stylish enough as a little gift! Apparently, the macarons from TWG are tea-infused. There are 6 flavours available at  TWG’s tea salon at Republic Plaza.

Rose: There was a very light fragrance of rose tea and the taste was light and not too overpowering. Out of the three from TWG, both Miss Glitzy and Miss Jazzy like this flavour most.

Chocolate (Earl Grey Fortune with chocolate gauche): The chocolate ganache was chunky so it looks really mouth-watering. However, the positivity has to stop there. The chocolate tasted a bizarre mix of sour, sweet and a hint of bitterness  – not  sure whether it was caused by the Earl Grey infused in the macarons but nay!

Napoleon Tea: Since TWG is a tea company, Napoleon Tea felt like a unique must-try flavour there. Miss Glitzy kinda expected it to be sweet with refreshing taste of black tea. However, the end product tastes sweet like caramel toffee, masking the true essence of the tea. Recommended for those with a sweet tooth.

Final verdict (out of 5 points):

Miss Glitzy: (1 extra point for packaging!)

Miss Jazzy:

TWG macarons are available at Republic Plaza (#01-22) and Takashimaya B2.

Canelé Pâtisserie – $2.30 per piece

Canele’s desserts look really exquisite on display and they have an array of 12 macaron flavours available! Based on appearance, Canele’s macarons look more polished and presentable than TWG’s. However, the packaging was down to its bare minimum for small quantities.

Rose: The aroma was much stronger that it smelled remotely like rose syrup or bandung. The white ganache is thicker than TWG’s and the macaron shell was nice and crisp. Miss Jazzy likes this and felt that she could continue with another while Miss Glitzy prefers TWG’s because its Rose macaron tasted lighter.

Dark Chocolate (70% Guanaja): The macaron is made from very good chocolate which was absolutely divine. There was a good balance of macaron shell and ganache and tasted like rich chocolate cookie. Both the M Connoisseurs were happy ladies and were yearning for more!

Hazelnut (Praline Noisette): This is Canele’s signature creation which consists of praline cream with roasted hazelnuts. Love the hazelnut bits to bits (pun intended)! The hazelnut taste was strong but pleasant and it helps that the macaron shell is hazelnut flavoured.

Final verdict (out of 5 points):

Miss Glitzy:

Miss Jazzy:

Canelé Pâtisserie is located at Shaw Centre (#01-01A), Paragon (#B1-25) and Raffles City Shopping Centre (#B1-81/82).

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Miss Glitzy and friends went to Au Petit Salut at Harding Road with great anticipation yesterday. This was our first experience with the French restaurant. Having heard much great reviews from friends, the French gastronomy festival deal just provided a great opportunity to try out this place.

This place is really popular. When we called to make a reservation, we were told that only outdoor seats were available. Depending on where you are seated, some of the seats can be too warm for comfort. I was given the lunch menu and at $30+, you are entitled a choice of entree, main and dessert, as well as coffee or tea. There were 5 choices in each category. If you prefer to change some of your choices to items in the regular menu, you are required to top up. Now, after checking on the website, I found out that APS offers lunch sets at this price all the time! So this lunch “promotion” is available post French Festival!

My entree: Half dozen baked Burgundy snails with tomato and garlic butter. I love escargots and these were great. The garlic sauce would be great with bread too!

My main: Red wine braised beef cheeks with carrots, mushrooms and parsley potato. The portion was huge but the colour didn’t look appetising. The beef cheeks were not as tender as I thought it would be. In retrospect, I should have chosen the red snapper instead.

My dessert: Crème Brulée infused with fresh Madagascar vanilla beans. I was pleasantly surprised that this came in such a generous portion. A very traditional dessert with no frill. This was good and Miss Chubby, who chose Choux buns liked her dessert too.

Verdict: I suppose the rave reviews of APS could have been due to its chill-out ambience, the free parking and the competitive price of the lunch menu. The food, in my opinion, was good but not exceptional. There is also an Executive Lunch Menu available at $58++.

In addition, I found out that there is a special menu on 19 April 2009, Sunday in conjunction with the World Gourmet Summit. A 5-course lunch cost $78++ per person.

Au Petit Salut

40C Harding Road
Singapore 249548
T: 6475 1976
F: 6475 1966

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