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[Taipei] WUnique Pâtisserie 無二烘培

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WUnique Pâtisserie 無二烘培

Add: 台北市安和路二段184巷10號 / 10, Lane 184, An He Road, Taipei
Tel: (02) 2737 1707
Hours: [Thu-Mon] 12-7pm (closed Tue & Wed)
Price: 150-180 NTD/pastry
Visited: Feb 2015

WUnique is a small pastry boutique that sprouted in Taipei just a few months ago, in September 2014. I met the owner/pastry chef Tim Wu back in Paris at Ferrandi – we did not overlap as I had already graduated by the time he enrolled, but I had heard from my chef that Tim is a talented young man who’s quick at learning. After 5 months of pastry classes followed by a 6-month internship at Ledoyen, a prestigious Michelin three star restaurant in Paris, Tim came back to Taipei to set up his own pastry studio. He started alone, soon joined by his finacée Winnie (whom he met at Ferrandi), and they are now a total of four in the kitchen. Here are some snapshots from their early mornings.

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Kouign-Amann in the making. This specialty from Brittany is made from croissant dough folded with layers of butter and sugar, you can imagine how good it smells when these are in the oven…

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Chocolate tart in the making. Ganache chocolat + cremeux chocolat, pure chocolate goodness.

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Saint-Honoré in the making.

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Tarte Victoria in the making. Pineapple + hazelnut is an interesting flavor combination that I first tried at Ferrandi, and it’s lovely to see that Tim has brought this back to Taipei.

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Canelé in the baking. I tasted one and found the crust to be quite thick especially given how mini these are, though Tim explained that he personally prefers the thick crusts.

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Apple tarts.

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Lemon pound cakes.

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As of now, Tim is only focusing on a limited variety of products. What you can regularly find on display here are his Paris-Brest, Tarte au Citron, Victoria, Tarte Tatin, Tarte au Chocolat, a made-to-order Mille Feuille (vanilla and salted caramel flavors), plus a few pound cakes and viennoiseries. I’ve seen on Facebook that they make limited edition pastries for weekends and special occasions, though on the day of my visit there weren’t any available.

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I tried the Tarte Tatin (180 NTD), which looked irresistible with its warm caramelized color and shiny glaze. The apple, meltingly soft in texture, was paired with lavender chantilly cream, a surprising combination that I haven’t tried before and found very agreeable.

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Kouign-Amann (60 NTD), freshly out the oven, buttery flakiness.

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Looking forward to trying more creations from WUnique on my next trip to Taipei. Bon courage :)

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February 25th, 2015 at 6:12 am

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