Mrs. Graham’s Macaron Café: Where the French Confectionery Gets an Eccentric Makeover
Anna Graham taught herself how to make macarons. With the internet’s endless possibilities at her disposal, she was soon able to perfect the delicate treats. After that, friends started ordering macarons for special occasions. An online business soon followed and, a wrong turn at the right street later, Mrs. Graham’s Macaron Café came to fruition.
The street side café is cozy and filled with cute little knick knacks. Upon entry, one could feel that the place is truly a labor of love because of personal touches that adorn every corner. The food labels and the sign at the door are written in a charming handwriting that belongs to Mrs. Graham herself. Across the cash register, there is a corner where homemade crafts from various sellers sit proudly on display. French songs play softly through the speakers. Board games and the like are available for customers to borrow and enjoy. Mrs. Graham’s Macaron Café is an ideal place to go hang out with friends or just sit and quietly relish a nice cup of coffee.
Bibingka with Buttercream and Salted Egg macaronThey also have a Pancake with Maple Buttercream macaron with an actual minuscule pancake slice in the middle. Their French Toast with Peanut Buttercream macaron holds a cube of French toast complete with a sprinkling of cinnamon, while their S’mores flavor has a toasted marshmallow between the shells.
Pancake with Maple Buttercream macaron
French Toast with Peanut Buttercream macaronIt was also in Mrs. Graham’s Macaron Café where I came across my first ever spiked macaron. They have three flavors that are laced with popular alcoholic drinks: Tequila Rose, Bailey’s, and Malibu Rum. If you weren’t looking for it, you wouldn’t really notice the alcohol that’s incorporated in the buttercream, but those with a keen sense of alcoholic beverages may detect subtle hints of the aforementioned flavors.
Tequila Rose macaronThe other macaron flavors that they offer in the café are: Peanut Butter and Jelly, Salted Caramel, White Coffee, Tiramisu, and Cookie Dough. Mrs. Graham’s macarons are satisfyingly crispy on the outside, slightly chewy on the inside, and always generously filled with flavored butter cream or ganache. If you want to sample all their macarons, I suggest that you get their Tea Set (P800) which has all 12 flavors, other assorted pastries, and finger sandwiches.
Tea SetMrs. Graham’s Macaron café also serves as a platform for several home bakers from all over the Metro such as Kalookies, Sugar Stop, Lulu’s Cupcakes, Lindie’s Zuckerhaus, and Kusina Torre.
Assorted goodies from different home bakers
Warm ButterbeerMrs. Graham’s fun and playful approach to making macarons is a welcome addition to a market where old flavors could easily get boring. I for one am glad that she took that wrong turn which prompted her to move her business out of her home and out into the world. I think it’s fitting that Mrs. Graham’s Macaron Cafe ended up on 51C Scout Rallos Street because it seems to me that it’s right where it’s supposed to be.