Le Salon at Yongkang Street
So I’m a pig.
My last food review was this handcut noodle place on Yongkang Street in Taipei. Well, shortly after that meal, I walked around the corner and headed into Le Salon (小茶栽堂), a popular cafe/afternoon tea place that sells an assortment of cakes, biscuits, chocolates, macarons, teas and coffees. It’s supposed to be pretty good. A little on the pricey side, but good.
This particular one we went to (there are a couple, apparently) has two levels. The ground level features all the pretty displays, and the upstairs area is where the diners can sit and chat away the afternoon (when we went there was a bunch of gossipy upper class ladies badmouthing friends who weren’t there).
Given that we were still pretty full, we decided against the mega afternoon tea sets, which cost NT$880. There is a royal set for 1680, but that’s for 3-5 people. We went with the classic cake + macaron + biscuit set to share (NT$450) — it was supposed to be a canele but they didn’t have it so we had to replace it with a biscuit. Fearing it might not have been enough, we also got an additional cake. Add on the 10% service charge and that’s around NT$700 for a light afternoon tea.
The first thing I will say is that the cakes looked nicer on the menu, and also in the display cabinets downstairs. Must have been the lighting.
The cake we got with the set was the oolong milles feuilles, which is supposed to be their speciality. That’s right, oolong tea flavoured milles feuilles! The other cake we got was the chocolate truffle ball, and the macaron was not strawberry but lychee. The biscuit was just, well, a biscuit.
Here are the photos.
Was it great? Not really. The oolong milles feuilles was quite interesting but the oolong flavour was not as strong as expected. The flavour itself was fine but the layers of pastry were not quite crispy enough. The milles feuilles at Robuchon are much better.
The chocolate truffle ball looked good and tasted pretty good too, but it wasn’t anything spectacular. The inside was predominantly chocolate mousse, which made it lighter than I had expected (in a good way), but at the end of the day it was just chocolate.
The biscuit was somewhat forgettable, and I’ve had better macarons elsewhere — though I admit the lychee was a little different.
The beverage I got was a cold Japanese genmai tea. It was what it was.
So yeah, it was just okay. Don’t regret trying it out but don’t think we’ll be heading back there any time soon.
6.5 out of 10
Le Salon (小茶栽堂)
Address: No. 8, Lane 4, Yǒngkāng St, Daan District, Taipei
Opening hours: 11am-11pm