When Samsung announced the Galaxy Z Fold2, it came with an updated Galaxy Z Premier service that aimed to provide a little more than just software support or troubleshooting. Exclusive rewards, gifts and promotions began to arrive. One of the most recent (when you consider it was just six weeks ago) was for a box of dessert from Michelin-star chef Daniel Boulud. At $ 75, Samsung and Daniel included a total of 6 desserts, 2 lemon madeleines, and 4 canneles de Bordeaux. (Although the image depicted some kind of open-faced macaroni, it was unfortunately not.)
In the usual Android Police fashion, this meant we had to take a break from cruising the world on a yacht with our $ 2,000 foldable phone to take a look.
As a resident Samsung expert in the Android police force, I was uniquely qualified to evaluate confectionery. After a few minutes of careful sniffing, tasting, and even light (but deserved) chewing, I feel like I can make the final judgment.
Let’s start with lemon madeleines. It was packed in a plastic box with a Daniel sticker and a label indicating the ingredients, and it is actually madelene lemon. I confess it caused confusion for a while, but I solved it.
This branding is there to remind you that you are eating dessert from a world famous Michelin-starred restaurant. Danielas you should know. Note that there are no Michelin stars on the dessert itself if you’re looking for it. They are actually reserved for the restaurant.
The lemon Madeleine was fantastic. It was soft and moist, but not also chewy – don’t you hate tough madeleine? On my personal Madeleine rating scale, I would give them a solid 9 out of 10. It’s worth noting that Android Police editor-in-chief David Ruddock says his Lemon Madeleines were a little dry, but it was airlifted across the United States and mine took just 3 hours. He also doesn’t have a formalized Madeleine rating scale (and probably doesn’t even have a yacht), which speaks for itself.
The madeleine lemon was not too sweet to overpower, but still sweet enough to accompany the bitter, mild acidity of the lemon – complementary, not overpowering. They are the perfect sweet treat after dinner after a game of golf at one of the many country clubs of which I am a member, or during a picnic at the summit of Mount Everest in a heated dome. Did I mention the yacht? It probably could have been eaten on a yacht.
Cannele de Bordeaux, on the other hand, was not fantastic.
A good dessert is not only about the appearance, but also the taste, and I say this from my own experience. I was once called “sweet” for opening the door for the maid on my yacht, which basically makes me a dessert, so I’m an expert on this matter.
Looking at the Cannelé de Bordeaux, I would have thought it was some kind of chocolate treat – “lava cake” if you like. No, I have never heard of Cannelé de Bordeaux, and no, they are not in the country club (or on the yacht!), But the shape and color clearly meant “lava” and “chocolate” to me, and I feel misled.
The traditional Cannelet de Bordeaux has a caramelized shell with a delicate custard inside. All I ended up swallowing – which is probably a far cry from the classic Cannelé de Bordeaux, now that I know what it is – tasted like burnt caramel with an unbaked pie crust in the middle, completely devoid of the characteristic vanilla notes. which, I was now told, I should have expected, but were drowned in the overwhelming aroma of rum.
Moreover, he was dry and ugly.
All this dust is also unacceptable, Daniel.
However, perhaps the most egregious omission (other than the deceptively depicted fruit macaroni that Samsung advertised for the promotion) is the lack of drinks. There was no wine or champagne. Not a drop of Perrier! Considering how dry that last dessert was, I’m pretty sure I could have actually died if I choked on its chalk grains – if, say, I was on a yacht, far from civilization. This is not the experience I expected from Galaxy Z Premier services, let alone Daniel.
Should you buy this?
Signature French sweets Boulud
Madeleine lemon is good, but I can’t say that I’m really a Cannele de Bordeaux fan. For what is considered “sweet” it was pretty Bitter. I find this inconsistency unacceptable. Cannele is not allowed on the yacht. On the other hand, the Madeleine Lemon was pleasantly spicy with a wonderful lemon flavor. But this Cannele de Bordeaux spoils my box.
While these desserts were a pleasant gesture, the bitterness of these non-lava brownies distracted me from Daniel’s restaurant of the same name in New York. Perhaps someone should ask if Cannelé was considered when awarding these two Michelin stars. And, indeed, just two stars, Daniel? When looking for partners, Samsung should aim for at least double that. Either way, the restaurant’s sweets have escaped much higher and more prestigious accolades from our own Most Wanted award – sorry, Daniel.
If you’re wondering how to get these desserts, you can’t. They are now locked on my yacht and the RSVP period to order them if you have a foldable Samsung is over.