So I officially decided that I am going to start a macaron adventure and hunt for all the tasty macarons in Vancouver.
For all those who don’t know, macarons is a confectionary originated from France, and it resembles a mini sandwich of two cookies, with either a buttercream or jam filling. They have been getting very popular and they’re becoming a rising trend in desserts in America too! Don’t get this confused with macaroons.
I have previously tried macarons at Saint Germain Bakery, as you can see here; and I have also had macarons from Thomas Haas, which could be read here. Today, I visited Simple French Cafe for my third macaron experience.
I found this cafe when Groupon sent me two emails, one regarding “Groupon Now!” deals and another email saying I had $10 off any Groupon Now purchase. I was about to delete both of them, but I decided that I’ll check it out to see if they had anything good for today. Then this $9 for $14 worth of desserts at Simple French Cafe caught my eye, and I checked its location and found it was very close to UBC, so I decided to get it.
So I ended up paying $0.00 for my $14 voucher! Good stuff!
After my meeting at UBC, I ventured out to this cafe, and it was only a 12 minute bus ride.
(From here, I apologize that the quality of my pictures are not as great since I was in a hurry. Sorry!)
When I walked in I wasn’t sure what I walked into. (Sorry I didn’t take pictures of the interior!) But it looked like half a house and half a cafe. There were some tables and chairs, and some cupboards with little trinkets lying around. It was kind of messy, but I thought it gave the place character and it looked cozy.
There were mainly seniors or adults with children in the cafe. But I can see that this would be a nice study spot, as it is quiet and it has wifi.
Of course, I went to the counter and zoomed in the display of macarons. They didn’t have many flavours- one lemon left, raspberry, orange-chocolate, and coconut. Each macaron costed $2.50 each. Thank goodness for the coupon!
I gave two to my friends and I brought the rest home to share with my family
- Lemon: Lemon is usually my favourite flavour of any dessert, and I enjoyed the lemon macarons I had at the previous visited places. As much as I liked the lemon shell as it was full of flavour and soft, the cream was too thick, rich, and “milky” flavour for me. I ate the shell and threw out the middle.
- Raspberry: My favourite one. It was not extremely sweet, the cream inside was delicious, and the shell was great too!
- Coconut: The filling was too numbingly sweet. The shell was very yummy, but as you can see in the picture, it cracked easily.
- Orange -Chocolate: The orange part of the shell was okay, but the chocolate was sweet. Not usually a fan of orange flavoured food, but hey, I got to try it right?
All in all, I thought they were on the sweet side. The raspberry macaron was a definite hit though.
They had other pastries and drinks to purchase, but I didn’t want to spend too much.
Simple French Cafe also offers macaron cooking classes for $49 + tax, and you get six macarons (and a glass of champagne apparently!)
One concern I have about this place is the cleanliness. It looked musty inside. Also, when the owner was taking plates of macarons out for me to choose, there was a crumb lying on the table, and he picked it up with his hand and ate it. I was kind of stunned about this.
But, the owner was a very cherry and friendly man and he was talking to me about how he was learning to play sudoku to train his brain. He said that his shop is his wife’s and everything is handmade.
✔ The macarons are gluten free.
✔ Although they were expensive, the macarons were quite big, so it took many bites to finish one. I cut them in quarters so my family and I could share different flavours.
✔ Raspberry was yummy.
✔ Everything is home made
✘ How clean the store is
✘ Too much cream in the macarons = too sweet