The battle of the macarons in Hong Kong is heating up, for come the month of May; Hong Kong will have a new contender for the title of the king of Macarons. Fifteen years after opening his first boutique in Tokyo, famed Parisian Pâtissier, Pierre Hermé is returning to Asia to launch a boutique at Hong Kong’s IFC mall.
Pierre Hermé, who has more than thirty outlets in his native France and a presence in the UK, Japan and the UAE fine pastry market, has often been referred to as ‘the Picasso of Pastry’ for his rather fanciful yet delicious confections. For example, a recent offering for Valentine’s Day by the chef featured an exceedingly sweet morsel, a macaron that fused the flavors of caramel and rose.
Monsieur Hermé introduces a new macaron flavor every month. His current offering for March 2013, is the Macaron Céleste from his Céleste range of pastries. This moist and tender macaron promises a burst of freshness at first bite, filled as it is with a passion fruit mousseline cream blended with tart acidulated strawberry-rhubarb compote. A macaron flavored with a bouquet of unexpected flavors, perfect for a season which usually features an unpredictable weather mix. Previous editions of Chef Hermé’s macarons have featured equally startling permutations and combinations with ingredients such as orange, carrot, cinnamon, candied grapefruit, arugula, cucumber, mango, jasmine tea and even foie gras and olive oil.
Macaron Céleste (2013): Passion fruit, Rhubarb & Strawberries
The Pierre Hermé Hong Kong outlet has been designed by Masamichi Katayama, founder of Tokyo interior design firm Wonderwall whose design collection includes the Uniqlo stores in New York, the 100% Chocolate cafe in Tokyo and the trendy Billionaire Boys Club and ICECREAM clothing Boutique in Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong store will offer a diverse portfolio of Pierre Hermé ‘signature’ macarons like Crème Brulee(layers of vanilla and caramel), Imagine (an intriguing mix of Japanese matcha green tea and crunchy black sesame), Arabesque(apricot and pistachio), Mogador (a milk chocolate and passion fruit blend ), Infiniment Chocolat Porcelana (Intense pure Venezuela Porcelana dark chocolate) and the current seasonal offering the Céleste.
Also on offer at the Hong Kong store will be a range of chocolates and bon bons by the master Pâtissier.