Tried French macarons from three different places...
Macaron Tango Cafe
#5 Centero Arcade (The Boulevard), Osmena Boulevard, Cebu City
(032) 412 5151
My first French macaron. Actually my first two French macarons, one dark chocolate and one pistachio, which costs Php 40 apiece. The size? About an inch and a half in diameter. The taste? Good but wasn't a wow moment. Maybe my expectations were too high after hearing so many praises. They do have a variety of choices (as they should since they named their cafe after it)...I wish I could have tried all the flavors.
PS Parking sucks. Parking costs more than a macaron! The complex has space for 10 cars and only gives an hour of free parking provided you buy at any of the establishments at the complex. Staying for more than that will mean goodbye to your 50 pesos for every additional hour or a fraction of it. Tsk tsk tsk. And they do not give a receipt for the parking fee. If you plan to have coffee and chat for hours on end, leave your car at home --- you might spend more on parking than on food.
Vanille Patisserie and Cafe
2nd Level The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu
(032) 417 1500
How do you choose from so many flavors when you can only afford one (their macarons, which are 1.5 inches in diameter, cost Php 40 each)? I love anything hazelnut...chocolates with hazelnut, hazelnut flavored ice cream, hazelnut spread...so of course I had to pick the hazelnut macaron even if it looks like their bestseller is the tableya macaron (there were only a few pieces left on the display). How was the hazelnut macaron you ask? Oh YUM! But a little too expensive for something I can pop in my mouth at one time. So to make it last as long as I can, I just have to nibble it ever so slowly...kind of hard to do for something so delish!
No 888 AS Fortuna St. Mandaue City
(032) 416 1727
For Php 50 you get a macaron that's about 3 inches in diameter. Flavors available when I popped in were chocolate, pandan, and vanilla. Without blinking an eye, and trying to keep from drooling, I ordered the chocolate one.
And the winner is... fudge! For its portion size! YEAH! I just wish they had more interesting flavors to choose from. But I have to say I loved the hazelnut flavored macaron of Vanille (I admit, I am just too biased when it comes to hazelnut flavored anything).