Thursday, June 19, 2008

le ba-ta-clan

I read about this shop in my television guide. This cafe not only serves meals during the day, drinks at night, but also serves macarons during tea time.

The macarons reminded me of PH (Pierre Herme), and after reading up about the patissier, Marc Glaisse, I knew why. He studied with Laduree and Gerald Mulot in Paris and also worked under PH in Tokyo. These macs are good!

I bought the 13 mac set, this had one of each flavor (12) plus an extra mac--2730 yen (about US$27.30)
Each was chewy and delicious. Flavors were strong and distinct. There have been some macs that I have tasted in which you couldn't pick out what flavor it was supposed to be.

There was lime shiso (perilla)(light green), lemon cheesecake (white), raspberry (red) & passion fruit (yellow). The lime shiso started off tart like lime then the shiso flavor ever so discreetly appeared...different but delicious. Lemon cheesecake was creamy with a hint of lemon. The passion fruit had actual seeds in the cream!

Earl grey (light brown), yuzu (yellow), orange (mustard yellow) & Tiramisu (beige with cocoa dusting). The earl grey had bits of tea in the shell. Yuzu was tart and citrusy. Orange was the only one that didn't taste like orange. The tirimisu had a chunk of coffee ganache in the center.

Matcha (dark green), bitter chocolat (dark brown), cassis violette (purple) & caramel chocolate (light brown).

Matcha was bitter but that is how matcha is supposed to be. The bitter chocolat ganache was a very high quality dark chocolate. Cassis violette reminded me of raspberry but without the seeds. And the caramel chocolate had a bit of saltiness to it but in a delicious way.

My favorites were....all of them! I think if I have cravings for PH macarons, I'm going here, closer than going all the way to Tokyo/Paris.

Le Ba-ta-clan
Mint Kobe 2F
Phone: 078.231.3622
Open 9:00-23:00
(UPDATE: as of 1/11/2010, the chef that makes the macaron has opened his own shop, so this shop no longer sells macaron.)

14 comments:

genkitummy said...

i've never had a french macaron before. they sound delicious! are those your favorite desserts? i've noticed that you post about different ones every so often.

K & S said...

I had never had them until I moved to Japan, Genkitummy. They are one of my favorite desserts :)

Take care.
Kat

gastrochic said...

Yum. I love macarons. I first had them in France and then I learned to make them in cooking school. I just wonder a cookie by the same name transformed into a coconut haystack in the states. These macarons on your post look so traditional and I love how they have less traditional flavors like shisho, cassis, yuzu, tiramisu, matcha, caramel chocolate...in fact nearly all the flavors aren't "traditional" French but they sound SOOO YUMMY!! I am jealous!

K & S said...

That is so cool that you can make them! I think the coconut haystacks are called macaroons, Gastrochic. These macaron were not traditional flavors but that's what made them unique and delicious, I hope you get a chance to come to Japan to try some :)

Take care.
Kat

Flug Jamaika said...

I admit that they doesn´t look tasty, but they are!!! everyone who doesn´t taste them, doesn´t know what he misses.

K & S said...

Thanks Flug Jamaika!

Take care and thanks for stopping by.

Kat

2kamuela47 said...

One day I'll have one of those macarons so yummy.

K & S said...

I hope you get to have a macaron soon, Laura :)

Take care.
Kat

Dhanggit said...

i adore macarons...but i never had the courage to make one..it seems so complicated to do..and i love all the flavors you have there :-)

K & S said...

I don't have the courage to make them either, Dhanggit. Will just enjoy the ones other make for now... :)

Take care.
Kat

Lori said...

I love all the different flavors that came in that box, so interesting!

K & S said...

Thanks Lori!

Take care.
Kat

beadexplorer said...

I think I have never heard of these or seen these. Maybe, I only know the German name but can't find the translation. The look funny and yummy! :)

K & S said...

I'm not too sure if German confections have this type of macaron, I think this is a French confection, Beadexplorer.

Take care.
Kat