Dazzling Cafe (mint)
No. 3, Lane 248, Section 4, ZhongXiao E. Rd, Taipei
I know the Hello Kitty Cafe seemed a bit too much for R, but I enjoyed it. Secretly, I think he enjoyed it just as much as I do XD. With that thought in mind, I decided we should check off another must visit cafe from my list.
Dazzling Cafe is a very popular cafe that is famous for their toast box desserts. There are actually 2 locations, one has a pink theme, while the other has a mint theme. Of course, one look at the picture above, it's clear that I visited the latter location. The restaurant was very spacious and bright. The even had a very pretty tree display right in the the restaurant. Overall, I loved the atmosphere here, it was very welcoming.
To accompany my dessert, I ordered a French Strawberry Milk Tea ($5). The portion was certainly generous, as it came in a pot. The tea was creamy and smooth with a detectable strawberry flavor. I think they used some fresh strawberries, because there were actual strawberry bits floating around. Although this was good, but I preferred the one I had at Hello Kitty Cafe. R chose the Pomelo Tea ($5),this too came in a nice tea pot. They certainly do pay attention to details here, as they also had some green clementines slices and other fruit bits layer in the cup. The tea had a tangy taste, but it was balance out nicely by the addition of honey.
I ordered a toast box called: Party in Your Mouth ($7.50). The presentation was certainly impressive. The toast box was topped off with macaroon, raspberries, strawberries, real vanilla ice cream, custard cream, strawberry sauce and a side of honey.
At first, I wasn't sure how to tackle this delicious looking piece of 'artwork', until a waitress walked over and offer to help cut it up. She skillfully sliced the 2 corners of this box, and let all the topping just topple over. It is then we noticed that there were actually bread sticks underneath. So basically you are suppose to take these bread sticks and eat it together with the toppings. These bread sticks are pretty much the bread that was originally from the hollowed out box, except it has been basted with butter/honey and then baked. They were crunchy and sweet on the outside, yet still soft in the inside. They were perfect for dipping it in the sauce/custard/ice cream. R ordered the Chocolate Banana toast box ($7.50), which was just as delicious. The only difference was that his topping was very minimal comparing to mine. One other thing about these desserts were that even the box had been brushed with butter/honey and then baked. So the 'walls' also tasted exactly like the bread sticks. As delicious as it may be, the portion was simply too big, unless you came here really hungry. :P
Service was not bad, but there was a major difference that I noticed. It would be considered rude here if a waitress constantly informed the diner on how much time they had left. However it's commonly seen in Taiwan. From the several restaurants I been to, most of them had informed me of my remaining time. So don't be offended or too surprised if that happens in Asia, apparently it's the norm.
Although Dazzling Cafe is not the only one serving the toast box, but from my research, it is the most popular one. Now after visiting it, I totally understand why so many people liked it. First, the ambiance was very inviting, and the food was delicious. If you are a dessert lover like me, this is definitely a must visit cafe. Although they seem to have some very delicious looking entrees as well, too bad I didn't have the stomach to try it.