Wednesday, March 10, 2010

jewels artisan chocolate

Has my Sunday lunch turned awry pastel?

Salmon soup with thick bee hoon at 313 Somerset's Food Repulic.

With names like Sugarland and the Sugarcubes, it's easy to assume that these are just pretty little girlbands. Instead, we get raw, wild sounds of lead singers Jennifer Nettles and Bjork respectively, which pretty much sum up what I think of the macarons at jewels - with an edge of saltiness to the not-overly-sweet meringue and fillings, unlike the many I tried before. Only 5 types are available - Passion Fruit filled with passion fruit conserve & almond cream, Green Tea filled with green tea & dark chocolate crunchy pearl, Raspberry filled with raspberry conserve & rose almond cream, Butterfly Pea Bloom filled with kaya & pandan almond cream and Black Palm Island Salt filled with salted egg & almond cream topped with black palm island salt.

What attracted me was definitely the one with the salted egg filling. Like my comment on Ice's post, it's time that we have more salted egg-based desserts. And this works perfectly well for macarons, I feel. It was easy to get excited over a dessert with an oriental element that was interestingly confusing at the first bite. It reminded me of a salted egg custard flowing bun sans the steam, of course. Unlike the contrasting sweet/salty taste of the Black Palm Island Salt, the one with kaya and pandan was more of a case of complementing flavours. Perhaps there is already a similar design but it's still ingenious, having to infuse the rich flavours of coconut and pandan into the almond paste. In general, the fillings were moister and more generous, giving the macarons an oozing effect that's visually beautiful. The green tea macaron could have used a bitterer green tea powder instead, for a stronger taste, I feel.

So, after all the macaron talks, what does jewels actually sell? Chocolates. :)

jewels artisan chocolate
Orchard Central
181 Orchard Road
#02-31/32
Singapore
Tel: (+65) 6509 8998

14 comments:

ice said...

woooo I love the black palm island salt & butterfly pea bloom too! Jewels macarons are really good. Agree? (:

J said...

They look so delish! :) :)
(How much do those tempting morsels cost though? *curious*)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

nothing does it better than sweets to brighten a meal..

Shell (貝殼) said...

salted fish fillings!! It's really new to me. Don't know if we got it here Malaysia or not.

ai wei said...

i do need a dessert fix now ...

Xiu Long Bao said...

The salted egg yolk macaron is my pick. Ehhh, where's my mirabelle?

mimid3vils said...

it's hard to imagine the taste of almond + salted egg lah~~

qwazymonkey said...

It's official lah. Anything salted egg rocks! But I've always like macarons that aren't too sweet. It's a find balance. I also want to try the asian inspired flavours one. Buy some back next trip bro!

Oh BTW, have you tried these HUGE pineapple tarts from SG? Boo brought some back and it was yumz! www.lecafe.com.sg. Check it out and buy some back too. I'd love you long time

fatboybakes said...

oooh, hairy berry, who's fingering your macarons?

Nic (KHKL) said...

ice, yes, i agree! i like the fact that they use local ingredients for the macarons. it's an interesting twist.

j, oh, only S$2 (before 7% tax) per piece. pretty decent pricing, i think. come to Sg and we go eat. :D

joe, haha, for me, it's hokkien mee, bak chor mee or tom yam! :D

Shell (貝殼), i sure hope that good ideas travel and soon, we'll get lotsa new salted egg desserts! *fingers crossed*

ai wei, i've got an idea! black sesame puff from beard papa!!!! :D

xiu long bao, mine too. hopefully it doesnt rain on saturday lah. then, maybe can get some mirabelles. hoohoohoo....

mimi, quite interesting... salty, sweet and that zing of almond taste. :)

qwazymonkey, better yet, come over to Sg and we go macaron-ing! :D ooooh, thanks for the recommendation on the pineapple tarts! i'm so embarassed lah. after staying here for so long, i still don't know about it...hahaha! ok la, this one can buy back. i'll see what i can do, ya! :D

fatboybakes, LOLOLOLOL!!! definitely not mine cos they are not hairy...haha!

Keropok Man said...

ooo. the last one looks good!

Nic (KHKL) said...

Keropok Man, the best was the telur masin one, me thinks..hehe. go check it out! ;D

BK said...

I was just watching a program on Channel News Asia introducing Jewels chocolate but didn't mention the location. Thus I Google for information, which led me to here. The macarons with salted egg sounded very appealing to me.

HairyBerry said...

Hi BK, thanks for dropping by! Do check out the salted egg macaron. it's exquisite! ;D