I've eaten a lot of macarons. Probably too many. But, I haven't eaten them all (in Portland, that is), and I've certainly never attempted to document and compare my thoughts on my quest for the perfect one (which is surprising, considering how much I love lists).
My first taste of a macaron in Portland was from Pix Patisserie, and it spoiled me, to say the least. In my opinion, theirs is the epitome of what a macaron should be—a tiny bit chewy, but mostly melt-in-your-mouth shell, with a not-too-sweet filling.
So, I've officially started the Tour de Macaron. I'll be hunting down, tasting and reviewing all the macarons Portland has to offer. It's a hard job, but someone has to do it.
First stop: Jade Teahouse and Patisserie.
Multiple people have told me to try this restaurant and the macarons at
the accompanying patisserie, but it wasn't until last weekend that I
had a chance to stop in. The line was out the door for a seat for
dinner, so we just got a sampling of macarons to take with us (caramel,
lavender and chocolate).
I had been hoping to find a lavender macaron, so I was most excited about that one. Unfortunately, the filling wasn't my favorite. It didn't have the consistency of buttercream—it was too gummy and sweet. The caramel and chocolate were much better, the former with a soft caramel instead of buttercream filling, and the latter with a dense chocolate ganache filling. The shell texture was a little on the hard side, but that might've been a product of sitting in the refrigerated case all day.