While walking, I spotted a small éclair place that could house at most 8 people. I remembered the name of the store. It was one of the featured sweets in the desserts issue of Yummy magazine and I even got to sample some before! Oh yum!
I hurriedly entered the place and checked out the different flavors.
I wasn’t feeling very adventurous then so I opted to order the more popular ones such as Salted Caramel, Chocolate, Praline, Vanilla Bean, and Coffee (PHP100/each). I also ordered some Salted Caramel macarons (PHP65/each) and a cup of cappuccino (PHP85) as snacks while resting from my mini walkathon.
While waiting for my order, a party of 5 arrived and I realized that the place was really packed already. No wonder there was a table outside the shop too.
The coffee is your typical cappuccino and it isn’t anything spectacular and I really do not have high expectations as it’s not a coffee place. The macaron on the other hand is another story. It was HEAVENLY.
I love the crunchiness and chewiness of it plus the subtle saltiness made it so addicting. It has a great balance of sweetness and saltiness. It was simply divine. I was planning to eat the other piece I bought but I had to resist as I wanted to share it with my sister.
Once I got home, I opened the box, took photos and bit each éclair.
Each one is really sweet so have your water, tea, or coffee ready. The salted caramel is their best seller and I can see why. Just like the macaron version, it has this sweet with a touch of saltiness flavor (but the éclair version is sweeter).
The frosting on top was slightly rough so it felt a bit like eating refined sugar. But I didn’t mind it… not at all.
The Vanilla Bean perhaps is the most typical éclair as it is your usual cream filling. What I love about Gourmandise’s version though is that the filling is way creamier!
The coffee is your coffee with cream type of éclair. It was rather sweet but you can’t deny the caffeine in it. It was very rich in flavor. I’d pair this with water though instead of coffee or I’d be on owl mode for a night!
I can’t really differentiate the Praline and Chocolate. It tasted like… well, chocolate to me. Praline is supposed to taste nuttier but perhaps it was overpowered by chocolate. Both though were sweeter than the rest.
I’ll definitely be back and hopefully, I’ll score more macarons this time!
Gourmandise is located at Ground floor, Serendra, McKinley Parkway, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig.