This Just In – The Mac Factory

15 Mar

Clockwise from top-left: Pine+Lime, Tea+Toast, Mandarin+Mango, Pistachio, Nutella

Hot off the press, out of the markets, and onto one of Adelaide’s most frequented eating precincts –  is The Mac Factory. At just 4 weeks old, this Hutt Street newcomer is already receiving a steady stream of inquisitive customers.

Bread, biscuits and other sweet morsels dot the surfaces of this squeaky new nest, perched atop the local post office. Make your journey up the stairs and over the quirky “grass” landing  and you’ll find that macarons are the order of the day. These home-made gems are made externally by creator Silvana Agostino and delivered to the shop daily to satisfy the constant flow of peckish buyers. Demand often overwhelms supply, and flavours do run out very quickly. However, loyal customers are often quite happy to wait around till the next delivery of macarons fill the shelves.

Looks – A psychedelic splash of colours. Slight rustic “home-made” look.  Glossy sheen on the crack. Texture – only the slightest resistance from the shell as one bites into the cushion of almond meal. Pleasantly soft. FlavourPine+Lime and Mandarin+Mango are refreshingly fruity (once you get past the luminous yellow and green hues of Pine+Lime), yet Mandarin+Mango with its sweet tropical hit was the preferred child. Some may find the lime flavouring used in the filling a touch artificial-tasting (we prefer if flavours are created using the raw ingredient itself), but others may be none too concerned. Nutella tasted as one would expect, the familiar hum of hazelnutty chocolate. Pistachio was impressive and held the essence of actual pistachios in its rich buttercream filling. But the real head turner of the pack was Tea+Toast: a pocket-sized reminiscence of breakfast, think heavily buttered toastie paired with smoky tea. A winner by miles.

One gets the impression that The Mac is currently firing on all cylinders to keep up with the grand response served up by the Adelaide community. But if they can pull through, then there’s little doubt we’ve got a new favourite on our hands. There is only one word to sum up The Mac Factory – promising.

Note* Head up to The Mac Factory this Sunday 20th March 2011 – we’ve been informed that the in-house cook book corner (The Book Nook) will be launched showcasing macaron reading materials to commemorate Macaron Day. Fingers crossed that more flavours will be on offer as well (though we suspect The Mac has something special planned for the day).

The Mac Factory
Upstairs
190 Hutt St
Adelaide 5000 SA
(08) 8223 3887
OPENING TIMES: Thursday to Sunday 9am-9pm (Saturdays till 4pm)

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6 Responses to “This Just In – The Mac Factory”

  1. Jade March 16, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    aww yummm! I love macaroons =) these look very colourful.

  2. gninethree March 17, 2011 at 7:12 am #

    I LOVE this place!! Went there on their opening day and havent stopped since then! Try their salted caramel and matcha sesame macaroons too, I think you’ll love them!

    xx

    • Talking With Your Mouth Full March 17, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

      yeah, they only stocked a few flavours because they kept running out! I did find the fruit-based ones a tad too sweet. Thanks for the recommendation g9:3

  3. caty April 22, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    These guys are soooo busy!! best macarons we have ever had and we used to have to go to Melbourne and Sydney to get our fix but this saves us a trip for sure!

    • Talking With Your Mouth Full April 25, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

      yeah, baroque/le renaissance in syd is right up there on my macaron-meter. 🙂 more n more macarons cropping up all over adelaide!

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