30 July 2011

Café Cre Asion: Macarons, Sydney (29 July 2011)

21 Alberta Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Macarons back on sweet agenda

Just when you thought the macaron frenzy had settled down a bit it seems the 5 week old Café Cre Asion has sparked another resurgence in the back lanes of Sydney next door to Berta. Although I’m sure for some they simply can’t get enough of the little sweet treats brought to fame by Adriano 'Freakin' Zumbo. The Japanese owner Yu is teamed up with two other polite and accommodating chaps who seem to be constantly busy with a steady stream of customers wanting their sugar and caffeine hits.

I was hoping to try the lemonade macaron which was recommended by Chocolatesuze but unfortunately they’d sold out along with a few other popular flavours. The only way to secure your favourite macaron flavour is to get in early. Most of the macarons seem to be familiar flavours with a few interesting ones thrown in the mix like yuzo and avocado. The Heart of Food and Phuoc'n Delicious seemed to enjoy them when I fortunately popped in around the same time. My Plum Wine macaron ($2.70) was quite good but I enjoyed the richly flavoured Blood Orange macaron ($2.70) even better. The macarons are quite petit in size compared to most I’ve seen around town but their flavours, texture and quality seem to be very popular amongst the locals which pick them up by the box full.

PROS: Interesting flavoured macarons, Polite and welcoming service which I hope will continue when they get crazy popular, Take away available and slight discount on boxes of 8 and 16, Black charcoal filtered table water
CONS: Very low and limited seating which I seemed to keep tripping over, Not much space to queue except out the door, Tiny tables don’t allow much space for your coffee and macarons
MUST TRY: Other flavours and the coffee next visit, Apparently they promote themselves as making good sandwiches too
WORTH TRYING: Blood Orange macaron and any other flavour that tickles your fancy

Blood Orange macaron ($2.70), Plum Wine macaron ($2.70)

Owner Yu (middle) with cafe team

Macaron window display

Choc Salty Balls and Lemon Pistachio Choco Balls

Cakes and biscuits

Oracle Organic juices and Cape Grim natural water

Trading hours

Macaron Price List: Single at $2.70 each, 8 at $2.625 each, 16 at $2.50 each

Sandwich menu

Mr bread sign

Drink menu

Phuoc'n Delicious and The Heart of Food taking some Cre Asion photos

Available seating options

Charcoal filtered table water and cookbooks

Open kitchen

2nd visit – 2 August 2011
Full display of macarons

Vanilla, Caramel, Coffee, Cranberry macarons

Cassis, Strawberry Milk, Dark Chocolate, Pistachio macarons

Dear Chris, Yuzu, Blood Orange, Rum Rasiin, Green Tea macarons

Yuzu macaron ($2.70) was quite lemon citrus in taste and rather nice, Dear Chris macaron ($2.70) was nicely flavoured and my preferred one today

Cappuccino ($3.50) — nice roasty flavour without being too bitter, well presented and reminded me of Cafe Ish

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Steph the Chef said...

Paid Cre Asion a visit yesterday! The yuzu macaron was utterly delicious however the vanilla macaron had a really bad texture, and was very hard like a macaroon. The owner was lovely though!

wandrew said...

Will have to try! Do you know if they sell madeleines?

Michelle Chin said...

Looks hip!

ellen said...

I think I was there around the same time because I saw the other food bloggers! I've been there twice in two weeks because it's 3 minutes from my work. You have to try the miso macaron...I was a bit hesitant at first but after trying my friend's, it might be my favourite. Sandwiches (especially with brioche) are really yummy too.

Tina @ bitemeshowme said...

Definitely a place I need to get to, stat! Thanks for sharing :)

Eve said...

Thanks Simon for this. I have recently gotten into the macaroon craze and had been trying as many as I could wherever I am. Whilst in London I tried ones from Piere Hermes and Laduree. Yum. These from Cres Asion, were nice and just the right size for me. I loved the cassis and dear Chris. Will try and go earlier to try the blood orange ones.

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