First Look: Bon Macaron Patisserie

left: Macaron Eiffel Tower right: Owners Yann Fougere and David Boetti

left: Macaron Eiffel Tower right: Owners Yann Fougere and David Boetti

VICTORIA

At Bon Macaron Patisserie, the only thing on the menu is – naturally – macarons. If you are not familiar with a macaron, it is comprised of two small round discs or cookies that are slightly crunchy on the outside and melt in your mouth on the inside with a bit of a chewy texture. At their simplest, they are only three ingredients: almond meal, sugar and egg white, but in between these two delightful confections is whatever flavour the chef imagines. It could be ganache or white chocolate, a cream based spread or even pieces of bacon or mango chutney. Both savoury and sweet versions of the cookie are common. The day I visited Bon Macaron, traditional standards chocolate, almond and caramel were on hand, but also tiramisu, zesty praline (a caramel and lemon zest explosion), white truffle and sea salt (my favourite) and a curried mango chutney. The shop is also open to flavour suggestions from customers. With so many to choose from and at only $1.50 each, it can get a bit overwhelming. How to decide which ones to eat now and which ones to bring home to the family?

 

Luckily, the owners are there to help you decide. Hailing from France, owners David Boetti and Yann Fougere opened this little slice of paradise as a way of showcasing France’s most popular treat. Just how popular are macarons in France? According to Boetti and Fougere ” Macarons are everywhere in France right now. Every bakery [is] making some and everybody knows about Ladurée and Hermé [two very famous macaron patisseries]. But macarons have always been around in France, especially traditional ones like salted caramel or chocolate. ”

 

Working in the food industry in Victoria for the past 8 years, both Boetti and Fougere felt that Victoria was a great foodie destination and had many patisseries to choose from, but none that offered just these delightful French cookies. To them, there is no other confection where the possibilities of flavour creation can be so endless and unique. On top of that, macarons are naturally gluten free and can be made dairy free on request. All the flavours are made naturally in store from compounds and purées and the pair try to avoid anything artificial.

 

macaron_rainbow2Bon Macaron will be offering select flavours in pre-packaged boxes at participating cafés around Victoria, as well as offering custom flavours with advance notice. If you have a wedding or special event coming up, they can do favours, cakes and pyramids ranging from 30 to 300 macarons with custom colours and flavours.

 

With all the combinations of savoury and sweet, the beautiful colours and the endless possibilities, Bon Macaron Patisserie will have customers coming back for more just to see what they come up with next.
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Address: 1012 Broad St, Victoria BC
Telephone: (778) 265-0850

 

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