March 15, 2012
Ever since Nadège opened in 2009, I have heard stories about their macarons and french pastries. Some people even ventured to say that they had some of the best macarons here outside of Paris (pretty high praise), so I decided to stop by and see if it was true:
Macarons are on the far left, cakes in the middle and pastries are on the right
Pain de chocolate amande and pain au chocolat (on top of a turnover)
The pastries were flaky and buttery (and a little pricey)
Update December 21, 2012
Clockwise on Top Plate: Cherry Chocolate, Cassis, Blackberry Chocolate, Salted Caramel and Pistachio
Clockwise on bottom plate: Candy cane, pistachio, green tea, champagne and chocolate
I was intrigued by the variety of macarons and they all tasted exactly like what they were supposed to be.
The candy cane and champagne flavours were nice and festive.
However, I was really disappointed with the execution of the macarons:
As you can see from the cassis (blackcurrant), the macaron feet were so hard that they crumbled when you pushed your finger on the top.
The only moist and decent ones we had were the blackberry chocolate, cherry chocolate and champagne.
The most disappointing macaron was the pistachio - it's such a classic flavour and so traditional and when we bit into it we both knew that we overspent our money (and that we probably wouldn't be back here for macarons again).
Overall: Nadege has a nice variety of macarons, but in terms of execution - they were nowhere near Parisian Macarons, or even some of the other macaron places I tried in Toronto such as Patachou or Butter Avenue.