Dazzling Cafe 玳思琳蜜糖吐司, Taipei

Looking for a place to sit after a long walk at the Taipei underground, I walked around Taipei Main Station level 2 (where all restaurants and food courts are located) and stumbled upon this nice looking place. Who can resist delicious looking desserts?

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They serves sandwiches, panini, soup, salad, finger food, spaghetti, waffle, crepe, and honey toasts. As for drinks, they offer cocoa, coffee, classic tea, scented tea, special mixed tea, and slush. As its name in Chinese mentions about honey toast. So that’s what I’m going to try. Alternatively, you can try another special dessert, waffle with mochi inside. Something I didn’t have enough tummy space to try.

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Hazelnut Chocolate Honey Toast (TWD290)
You can choose how you would like your toast to be made, either soft, regular or crispy. I love crispy. What you see is not what you get with only crispy toast topped with vanilla ice cream, cream, strawberries, chocolate drizzle and some crushed almonds. Where’s the hazelnut?

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Wala! The toast is cut into small pieces with hazelnut chocolate inserted in the middle of each piece of toast. Putting some vanilla ice cream on each toast is delicious! Happiness to my mood, my mouth and my tummy.

I also ordered something special to drink.

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Festive Grape Tea with Cherry (TWD160 for hot, TWD140 for cold)
This tea comes with fresh slices of grapes, pineapples and apples. I don’t usually put sugar in my tea. So, I tried it without sugar. Wow! Too sour at the first sip but was ok after my mouth adapted the taste. Drinking the tea with some fruits to bite is rather nice.

My overall rating: 6.5/10

This cafe has many outlets not only in Taipei but also Hsinchu, Taichong, Tainan, and Kaohsiung. Dazzle yourself with more dessert at their website here (available in English and Chinese).

The outlet that I went was not listed on their website.

Dazzling Cafe Kiwi
Location: Breeze Centre, Taipei Main Station, West entrance 3, Level 2
Tel: +886-2-23881966

It’s recommended that you make reservation, especially you have a big group. If you walk in, they allow 90 minutes of dining if there are waiting reserved diners.

Summary of other outlets.

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Hung Hwa Teppanyaki 紅花鐵板燒, Taipei

I was given a chance to try this set of delicious food at Hung Hwa Teppanyaki.

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They have 4 different lunch sets to choose from. I tried Set A at TWD980. Here is what is in the set.

Starters

1. Cold dish – choice of Salmon sashimi or fresh oysters. The plate of salmon comes with shredded shanyao 山藥 topped with some sauce and roe, half cherry tomato topped with caviar.

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2. Soup – choice of spinach or pumpkin soup. I had pumpkin with a few flakes of almond topping.

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3. Salad – A cold prawn accompanied with cabbages, shredded onions and carrots, cherry tomato and 2 slices of apple. Refreshing!

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Main course – where teppanyaki starts

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4. Pre main course – a slice of fish topped with black pepper and almond flakes, together plated with zucchini and sauce. I’m not sure what type of fish it is but it’s fresh.

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5. Main – choice of beef, lamb and chicken. I chose lamb. Although this dish is plated with just black pepper and grilled garlic, the juiciness and tenderness of the lamb will makes you forgive the simple sides. Delicious!

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6. Post main – Vegetables like baby corn, slice of large mushroom, and green beans.

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Desserts

7. Cakes – choice of cheese cake or chocolate cake. Ohh, this cheesecake is oh-so-cheesy. It gives a flavourful of cheese and lemon. Very cheesy but the lemon and digestive biscuit crust reduced the feeling of being stuffed by too much of cheese.

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8. Coffee or tea – A scrumptious meal is ended with a choice of hot or iced coffee, red or green tea, fruit tea and flower tea.

My overall rating: 8.5/10

Hung Hwa Teppanyaki has 2 outlets in Taipei. For more information or to make reservation, visit their website here.

1. 101 Flagship Shop 101旗艦店

Location: Unit 45, 5th Floor, Shifu Road, Xinyi District, Taipei.
Tel: +886-2-8101-8102
Hours: Lunch 11:30 – 14:30 (Last order at 14:30); Dinner 17:30 – 22:30 (Last order at 21:30)

2. Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Xinyi Place A9 Shop 新光三越信義新天地A9店

Location: Unit 9, 7th Floor, Songshou Road, Xinyi District, Taipei.
Tel: +886-2-2345-0166
Hours: Lunch 11:30 – 14:30 (Last order at 14:30); Dinner 17:30 – 22:30 (Last order at 21:30)