On the weekend, fate brought me to a macaron. I had been finishing up my Christmas shopping (yes!) in Brunswick St and was heading home to Collingwood laden with parcels, walking in a light drizzle. A red light prevented me from crossing Johnston so I decided to turn right from Brunswick St and found myself walking past the new chocolate place, oddly named Shocolate. The place was familiar as I had read about it on Fitzroyalty. A sign out the front told me that they had a pastry chef that they called ‘Frenchy’ and naturally the first thing that came to mind was macarons.
Walking in, I was pretty impressed by the space:
I had a look in the display cabinet and saw a very impressive looking ‘macaroon’:
Obviously it was pretty huge and a little unorthodox, being half dipped in chocolate and with an impressive chocolate curl curving out the top of it. I had the option of eating in ($8.50) or taking away ($6.50) so I opted to eat it at home and it was put in a rather large box for me, in an attractive carrier bag.
I got it home and the little curl hadn’t survived the walk, bumping against my other packages:
I was a little bemused by the size of the thing, but it looked pretty good from the side view (although maybe a little uneven):
Biting in to it, it was quite heavy with a cakey consistency, there wasn’t really that softness that you want in the inner part of the biscuit:
It was very sweet and rich. I think it tasted particularly rich because the vanilla bean ganache was probably about 1 cm thick in parts, covered by quite a thin exterior of biscuit. Neither the biscuit nor the ganache had a very strong flavour, despite the visible vanilla bean in the filling.
Working my way through the macaron I was pretty underwhelmed – too doughy, not light enough, too much ganache in parts and dipping it in chocolate didn’t really add a lot, it messed with the texture. I also found an air pocket hidden around the side of it.
All in all, it was a strange macaron experience that left me feeling faintly sick from its richness and size. I certainly wouldn’t be looking to repeat the experience, but I think I will visit Shocolate again for some of its lovely chocolates and the delicious looking hot chocolates.
3/296 Brunswick St, Fitzroy (enter from Johnston St)
Ph: (03) 9415 6556