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Pierre Herme

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Venue name: Pierre Herme
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Address: 38 Monmouth St, London WC2H 9EP
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Pierre Herme Paris stores that began in Tokyo are an international chain that sell chocolate and macarons with several luxury boutiques throughout Asia Europe and the Middle East.

As I entered their store on Motcomb Street in Knightsbridge, the room had a minimalist interior and resembled more like a jewellery shop.

With the help of a friendly and eager sales lady who was ready to share her knowledge, I bought a chocolate macaron and a salted caramel chocolate to take away. I ate it outside as there was no seating. The macaron was not too sweet and the flavours were intense with a good focus on texture. The salted caramel was creamy and didn’t satisfy my sweet craving so I went back into the store to take something else. There was a vast amount of other more unusual flavours of macarons including Rose and Quince and Apricot and Crunchy Pistachio. However I ended up buying a jam called Ispahan; named after Piere Herme’s most famous creation which is a delightful combination of lychee, rose and raspberry. Athough the jam recipe belongs to Pierre Hermé, the production is done by Christine Ferber, who is known as the queen of confiture! This was sure to be a real treat for my breakfast the next morning.

Pierre Hermes talent goes way beyond his renowned macarons and chocolates. He also has delicious pound cakes, hazelnut spreads and more. With macarons ranging from £2.00 - £3.20 and jams at £10.00 it is a rather expensive affair. But this really is an experience where one savors the treat embracing all textures and flavours. Pierre herme - a true sensory artist.

Tastemaker

One of the two biggest names of French pastry shops specializing in macarons in London. They sell chocolates and icecream as well but I must admit I always go here to try their macarons. They have, hands down, some of the most creative macaron flavour combinations; and their pistachio macaron is to-die-for. They constantly change flavours seasonally and always give you a reason to go back. It's on the pricier side but I love the candied chestnuts in winter, too.

tastemaker

When I went to Paris for the first time 5 years ago everyone told me La Duree were the best macaroons. I tried it, and thought it was amazing. Then our tour guide told us about Angelina's... their macaroons were even better than La Duree! Finally my sister had a recommendation from a traveller that the best macaroons in Paris were from Pierre Herme and how right they were. I haven't been able to hold a candle to any other macaroon I have had ever since. I moved to London and was absolutely ecstatic to find out they had opened a shop here! I will go to the ends of the earth for these macaroons. My favourite by far is the chocolate and passionfruit but other stand outs would be the salted caramel, chocolate and coffee as well. To date I have not had one flavour that hasn't been mouth watering.


Handy tip - if you pop into the store just to have one (if you can stop at one) they will serve it for you in store with a little chocolate button :) So ask to have it there and not to takeaway!

moderatortastemaker

Oooh La La! These macaroons are delightful and fancy. I stumbled across this place on a rainy day walking around the West End and my goodness I am glad I did. Gleaming white with red panels this place was so enticing from first glance that I could not help but take a look.

At the front of the shop is a counter full of different flavors of macaroons, or as the very posh man behind the counter said 'macrons', and I reckon there were probably at least 100 different flavors. Not only were they bright, colorful and fantastic they each had an allergy key. As a coeliac I spend my life looking for allergy keys and to see them right before my eyes without even having to ask was a delight indeed. 

The most tricky part of this wonderful experience was choosing which flavor to go for. It was a toss up between white chocolate and passion fruit or passion fruit, rhubarb and strawberry. The color on both of these flavors was electric and so appealing that it made the decision all the more difficult. In the end I went with the white chocolate and passion fruit and it was heavenly. Melt in the mouth and full of all the flavors that you would want, this lovely macaroon (macron) hit the spot perfectly. It was only £2.20 for one of these little treats and it even comes in its own present box which is wrapped up for you by the very classy staff. 

Ranging from pea and mint to the classic chocolate, this macaroon shop has something for everyone and is just round the corner from Covent Garden tube station. It's got to be five stars from me and I cannot wait for my next visit to this swanky shop. 

tastemaker

My go-to branch for macarons will always be Pierre Hermé. Having tried several other brands for macarons, this is still the best in my opinion. 


Over the weekend, I had a bit of a treat and tried out the following three flavours:

  1. Coffee - It's hard to go wrong with such a classic flavour. The strength of the coffee flavour is absolutely amazing! It's strong enough to taste but not overpowering, such that even someone who doesn't like or drink coffee would enjoy it. The ganache on the inside is thick and rich and really packed with the flavour of coffee.
  2. Rose - Another classic macaron flavour, I simple had to get one of these. I normally don't like rose flavoured items but this is the exception. The flavour is subtle but strong enough to give the macaron the distinct rose taste. It also comes in the prettiest shade of pink; it's not overdone and looks very natural. 
  3. Pistachio & Apricot - I thought this was one of the more unique flavours that I hadn't tried before. Originally I just wanted a plain pistachio macaron but this was the only macaron they had that included pistachio. It was quite a surprise because I wouldn't have thought to mix pistachio with apricot, but it works! The ganache filling in the centre comprised the apricot flavour while the macaron itself had most of the pistachio taste. It wasn't too sweet, which was nice and neither was it too rich because of the light and fruity flavour. 

Once again, Pierre Hermé did not disappoint. I like that they still had a few flavours that I tried 2 years ago even though those aren't the traditional flavours (eg. olive oil and vanilla macaron). This chain is definitely better for some of the more unique and out of the ordinary flavours for macarons, so if that's what you're looking for, this is the place to visit! 

tastemaker

I am a macaroon snob. What can I say about Pierre Herme's macaroons apart from the fact that they are absolutely fabulous. Stand outs: passion fruit, vanilla, chocolate and raspberry. If you are unsure or intimidated by the very clean, very posh looking runway style interiors, ask one of the assistants to choose on your behalf. They will ask you lots and lots of questions to determine what flavours you like and choose according to your answers - sounds like a 'no shit sherlock' situation but there's science behind it, trust me. It really is quite the experience and totally worth the 16 quid for a small box. If you just go for one though, go for chocolate, you'll die - in a good way of course. 

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