Hello Kitty Cafe
No. 90 DaAn Rd. Sec. 1, Taipei (MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing Exit 3)
Price: Fair +
Taipei is a city that literally have any type of restaurant you can imagine, so before I went, I did my research and found a few that I must visit. Hello Kitty theme cafe was definitely on that list, but R was not so enthusiastic LOL.
We were in the area one afternoon, but totally forgot the address. So we had to ask some random people, and by sheer luck they actually know where it is (maybe not entirely luck, as I imagine it to be quite famous).
I know the restaurant theme is Hello Kitty, but this is serious, even the bathroom had Hello Kitty embossed on the mirror. They have super cute booth, as the seats are also in the shape of Hello Kitty's head. All waitress are dressed like Japanese maid with the key theme of pink and white. Let's just say, everywhere you look, Hello Kitty is there.
Since their meal time ended at 2:30pm, we were only offered afternoon tea (aka desserts). All the dessert came with a drink under a certain price point (I think it was $180NT), but I wanted to try their fresh strawberry milk tea for $230, so I had to pay the difference. This tea was totally worth the $50 upgrade, as it was very rich and smelled heavenly. The taste was not artificial at all, it was the sweet taste of strawberries infused in creamy milk (I think it was more like half and half than homo).
For the dessert R went with the Creme Brulee which was $300NT (~$10CAD). He just went for the regular coffee as his drink. The dessert was good, but not great. It was mostly custard, as it barely had any caramelized sugar on top. But I gotta hand it to them, the presentation was very nice.
For my dessert, I went with the Caramel Pear Mousse for $330NT ($11CAD). I thought R's dessert was pretty, but mine was even prettier. I simply adore the Hello Kitty matcha dusting.
The dessert itself was really good. The mousse part was a mixture of carpone cheese and caramel sugar, it was soft and creamy with just the right amount of sweetness. The bottom was layered with chocolate cake and pear which the picture doesn't show, because I didn't dig deep enough. :P
All food order comes with a jello dessert. This was just your regular jello in strawberry flavor, nothing special. This is what happen when you go to the Hello Kitty Cafe with a guy. They play with their food. Please see R's master piece, titled 'Hello Kitty eating Hello Kitty', as you can see the jello Kitty has consume the white chocolate Kitty -_______-. Since I had a bit left over, I got a take out box which was also super cute.
The service here was okay, they were friendly, but it didn't seem sincere. Despite the fact this is really a tourist attraction more than anything, their dessert was solid. I mean even at the end, R thought this place deserves a visit, we even contemplating coming back here to try their regular meals, because they had very delicious looking Hello Kitty shaped buns (for hamburger) and bread bowls. In the end, there are just way too many delicious food in Taiwan, as I don't think I've eaten at any restaurant more than once (as much as I wanted to). If you ever visit Taiwan, I do certainly recommend this 'tourist attraction'. :)