Let me tell you a story about the owner and the store. Tatjana Yeh went to baking school in Paris and worked for renowned bakeries such as Carton and The Ritz in Paris, and Toronto's famous Rahier. Her father is a wealthy doctor, and he bought that expensive piece of property and funded all the construction and reno. Her start-up cost was technically zero. Unfortunately, so was the profit. Her beautifully crafted pastries failed to catch on. Is it the price? $120 ($4 CND) Danish pastries are way to expensive in Taiwan. Or is it because her original French-style desserts are not suitable for Taiwanese palette? Or both?
I ordered a simple hot chocolate. The milk tasted thin, the chocolate tasted thin too, and there was no foam to speak of. This was possibly made with powder chocolate or syrup, much inferior than Starbucks. I have expected real melted chocolate from cafe of this caliber. At least my father's latte came with good foam and even latte art on the foam. My father asked "How do you drink this?" Looked like people didn't know how to appreciate it either.
You can tell that this store and its beautiful products are labour of love from their owners. However, the type of clientele this cafe attracts is rather few and far in between in Taiwan. Also, the drink manu needs improvement. What a shame.
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