I like pretty things… If anyone tells you the ambiance or the decor of the place doesn’t matter at all is lying. Fact of the matter is it enhances the whole dining experience. Don’t get me wrong. I love finding those hidden gems and don’t even mind eating at a hole in the wall. But pretty things do matter! We are all a little superficial…
This place is pretty and very cute. The decor is white based – plush white cushion bench seats, white marble tables, clear chairs. The space is brightly lit and the counter displays the pretty little macarons beautifully.
I felt somewhat guilty neglecting to blog about Soriette Macaron since they first opened earlier in the year by Executive Pastry Chef Shobna who previously apprenticed and worked in several top patisseries and fine dining restaurants such as the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Stoneface Dolly’s, and Cakes by Tatiana.
What’s nice about Soriette is that there are little macarons samples for you to try… We came here one afternoon and got a 1/2 dozen plus tea…
The Parisian macarons are pretty tasty with an egg shell like crust, soft meringue like center and a well-proportioned foot. Thing with these French delicacies is that there are inconsistencies in size – execution requires a little fine tuning. Some are significantly smaller in size compared to the other siblings. One thing I found was that the chef really likes to use ganache as the filling. This is great because chocolate based instead of buttercream is higher quality and a little pricer – a classic!
- Lemon – light and citrusy
- Matcha – love the sprinkled match powder on top! The white chocolate ganache was stealing the thunder of matcha. More match power would bring out the green tea flavour more. I loved how it wasn’t too sweet.
- Mandarin Orange – when you smell it initially it is very fragrant of orange citrus that reminded me of the zest that sprays as you peel an orange. However it wasn’t particulary flavourful when you bite into it. It wasn’t cistrusy nor tart; it was just sweet. Yet the filing was a little thin.
- Passion Fruit – I ran into a similar predicament as the above Mandarin Orange. If only it can taste something like that of Red Mango or Pink Berry’s.
- Pistachio – finely chopped pistachio nuts sprinkled on top not only is visually appealing but also very tasty and adds texture. The white ganache mixed with buttery pistachio is delicious especially when it didn’t come from extract flavours. I however still fancy Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie’s Pistachio Cranberry slightly more.
- Pink Peppercorn – the taste was very mild but you will need to savour it for awhile if you expect to feel any heat. This is a nice twist from the every day macarons.
We also ordered two teas: Dragon Pearls and Jade Oolong. Both loose leave teas are fragrant but expect to steep it for a longer time before the flavours fully expel… Perhaps they need to add a little more to the pot?
Everything is pretty good here except they close quite early at 6pm unlike Thierry Vancouver which closes at midnight. So if you ever fancy some foot and skin after dinner Soriette Macaron won’t be at your service.
So where exactly is Soriette? It is located in Coal Habour, which is slightly away from the busyness of Downtown traffic. For some of you it may be a little out of the way; therefore, your visits will always be an “event”/”destination” (unless of course you live nearby in a multimillion dollar apartment.
Soirette Macarons & Tea
Cuisine: Dessert, Pastry, Afternoon Tea
Sunday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
1433 W Pender St Vancouver, BC V6G 2S3