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[TAIPEI] Dazzling Cafe

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Dazzling Cafe 蜜糖土司專賣店

Address: 台北市忠孝東路四段205巷7弄11號1樓
Tel: (02) 8773-9238
Hours: [Sun-Thu] 12:00pm~11:00pm, [Fri-Sat] 12:00pm~12:00am
Website: cafe.dazzlingdazzling.com
Price: 200~380 NTD/honey toast, 140~160 NTD/drink

Dazzling Cafe, a honey toast specialty cafe/restaurant in Taipei, has been wildly popular since its opening in March 2010. Llet me just define the phrase “wildly popular” for the purpose of this post – during Dazzling’s prime time, it’s literally impossible to get a reservation because the phone line is always occupied by obsessed callers, and if you try your luck as a walk-in guest – well, be prepared for a 3-hour wait before you get seated. Let’s see what the big fuss is about.

Dazzling Cafe

As we got seated, a cloud of questions popped into my head: Why are so many cafes packed on a Monday at 3:00pm? Who are all these free-spirited weekday afternoon tea drinkers? Are regular day jobs so passé nowadays? Taipei folks, please enlighten me.

Interior

But I digress. Back to the honey toasts. We ordered two to share: Chocolate Fondue Honey Toast (380 NTD) and Strawberry Lover Honey Toast (250 NTD). Talk about total disappointment. These were nothing (NOTHING!) compared to the amazing honey toast I’ve had at Organ, which was nothing short of a fluffy loaf of heaven on the plate. The versions at Dazzling Cafe were dry, bland, and sad.

Strawberry Lover Honey Toast 就是愛草莓蜜糖土司, 250 NTD


Chocolate Fondue Honey Toast 瑞士巧克力鍋蜜糖土司, 380 NTD

Decomposed

We also tried a strawberry crepe (250 NTD), which was actually slightly better than the honey toasts but not really all that impressive either.

Strawberry Crepe 草莓法式可麗餅, 250 NTD

Even the tea failed. My Iced Pomelo Tea with Peach (140 NTD) was astringent, presumably from over steeping.

Iced Pomelo Tea with Peach 樂活蜜桃柚香冰茶, 140 NTD

Why Dazzling Cafe is so popular is completely beyond my comprehension. It’s definitely more about the aura conjured up by the group of high society ladies (most notably 孫芸芸) behind Dazzling’s business, than about its mediocre desserts. I’m crossing this off my list, happily.

To see what a real honey toast should taste like, click here and scroll to the bottom.

Dazzling Cafe

Dazzling Cafe

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Written by sugarednspiced

October 23rd, 2011 at 6:50 pm

4 Responses to '[TAIPEI] Dazzling Cafe'

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  1. i totally know what you mean, you gotta be in the mood for uber sweets or else you’ll feel a bit sick from it! I really liked the fruit tea though :)

    becka

    27 Oct 11 at 5:21 PM

  2. i really don’t know how some people can devour a whole chunk of honey toast all by themselves!
    but anyway, i’ve been reading your blog and really love it. did your design/code it yourself? it’s awesome!

    sugarednspiced

    27 Oct 11 at 8:26 PM

  3. I heard people book 3 weeks in advance. The food is very mediocre but its the concept and SUPERRR good service. I dont go to afternoon tea, so this is just what i’ve been hearing.

    Its owned by a super rich family i heard?

    fattoro

    28 Jan 12 at 12:40 PM

  4. service was just ok i thought, nothing spectacular. yes it’s owned by rich lady (or ladies?).
    so not worth the trip.

    sugarednspiced

    30 Jan 12 at 7:56 AM

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