Hello and welcome to the first guest post on talk&spoon, presented by the awesome Anna Britton. While I was away in London, MakMak had a pop up store in Newtown, Sydney, and Anna went to check it out!
MakMak is a macaron shop located on King St, Newtown. As you enter this little store there is a glass cabinet filled with rows of macarons in a beautiful array of colours and flavours. You can buy macarons individually for $3 or as a box set of 4 or 12 (12 for $30 – which works out to be $2.50 each).
When I visited there were 8 flavours to buy. These were: Raspberry & Cream, Bounty, Peppermint & Belgian Dark Chocolate, Gianduja (Chocolate & Hazelnut), Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter & Belgian Milk Chocolate, Passionfruit, Orange & Lemon Myrtle, and Caramel Macchiato.
Each of the macarons are beautifully made, with a crisp delicate shell and a smooth, soft centre. Out of the 8, my favourites were the Passionfruit, Orange & Lemon Myrtle, and the Peppermint & Belgian Dark Chocolate. The Passionfruit one has a bright yellow shell with orange flecks and a passionfruit curd centre. The citrus and passionfruit blend of flavours is perfect. As a big fan of mint choc combinations, the Peppermint macaron really satisfied! This macaron comes in a speckled pastel green shell with a rich dark chocolate ganache filling.
One thing I found disappointing is that only some of the flavours advertised on their website were actually available in store. None of the flash designs – with 2 different coloured shells (like Blueberry & Lime) or fancy shell decorations (Strawberry, Vincotto & Pink Peppercorn) – were available at the counter when I went by. This was really disappointing as I was looking forward to trying those particular flavours – perhaps they should update their website as to the days certain flavours are actually readily available! (There was also no Peach & Raspberry or Pistachio & Cranberry).
Despite not being able to try flavours I was expecting to, this store takes their macaron making seriously, and makes sensational macarons with delicate shells and great flavour combos!
MakMak (now a permanent store)
601 King St
Newtown, Sydney 2042