Taking all my lovely readers back to Taipei again It was my last day and my friends had originally planned to take me to Xi Men Ding (西門町), which is like the place to go for teenagers, where they have the latest fashion at really good prices ~ However, because it was pouring with rain… at the last-minute they decided to take me to the newish Q Square shopping centre right next to the Taipei Railway Station. Great location because I had to catch a train to the airport in a couple of hours time.
We just had lunch… but Ariel Le Cafe’s signage caught my eye and I really wanted to have something sweet, so after some persuasion Cindy and Chi Yao were coerced to have afternoon tea with me YAY!
Being a Thursday afternoon, it was rather quiet, and the waitress quickly let us to a nice quiet table However, she wasn’t very pleasant and immediately reminded us that there is a minimum charge of one drink per person and a 90 minute seating time on the weekend. Once again it was an immediate turn-off for me, because it was a weekday yet she had to remind us of the seating time
I really liked the environment of the cafe though, set in the middle of the second floor, it had great natural lighting shining through which really helped me take good photos.
I also liked this centre piece hanging above the coffee machine I don’t think they actually use the cups hehe its just a decoration ~
We all started off with a drink ~ Cindy and I got the Iced Tea Latte. It was the first time I’ve had a ‘tea’ latte, but the weird thing is…there’s no coffee-taste. I find in Taiwan and other Asian places, they call anything drink that is milk-based a ‘latte’ e.g. a Green Tea latte or a Ginger tea latte Anyhow, back to my Iced Tea Latte it was surprisingly pleasant I didn’t know what to expect, but it was a lovely cup of tea, mixed throughly with milk and ice. Very refreshing ~ Definitely something I’d like to make again at home if I could and have it on a hot summer afternoon.
To my dismay, the girls were so full… we only ordered two things to share and try But doesn’t matter gives me an excuse to drag Mr Bao with me next time ~
I didn’t realise until I did the conversion that the waffles were such a bargain! For $180TWD only $5.8AUD you get 4 waffles and 2 little scoops of ice-cream Especially when drinks are $150TWD ($4.8AUD) each! These waffles were so fluffy, light and delicious ~ I haven’t had many good waffles since coming to Asia. The waffles I’ve had are always too ‘dense’ and just too ‘heavy’, if that makes sense. Only issue I had was it lacked syrup lol and there wasn’t enough ice-cream for us to share. So the waffles were a little try towards the end, which was a little disappointing.
We also ordered the Mont Blanc, but I’m really sorry I forgot how much it cost, think it was around $80 to $100 TWD (approximately $3.50AUD). I’m not really a fan of chestnut desserts, but occasionally I’d order a Mont Blanc too ~ this dessert consisted of a vanilla sponge cake, covered in whipped cream and then chestnut puree covers the whole thing. The chestnut puree was nice and light, and unlike others I’ve had that’s too rich.
Overall, I liked my experience at Ariel Le Cafe and will come back to try their other cakes and maybe some savoury dishes. Q Square is a lovely new place, so if you ever need to take a train at the Taipei Railway Station, go next door to do some shopping and try their cafes and restaurants
Ariel Le Cafe
Q SQUARE, 2 FL
No.1, Cheng De Road, Sec. 1
PH: (02) 2552-5269