Legendary Pierre Marcolini desserts in Taipei!

August 7, 2013 in Food, Reviews, Taiwan, Travel by pacejmiller

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The Pierre Marcolini inside building A4 of the Shin Kong Mitsukoshi in the Xinyi district

Once upon a time, there was a terrifying old madwoman who raved on about “the best chocolate in the world”, Pierre Marcolini, the legendary Belgian chocolatier. I couldn’t quite afford the expensive chocolates during my one and only visit to Brussels as a student in December 2009, but one day, after a business trip to the Belgian capital, the madwoman brought back some small packs of Pierre Marcolini chocolates for me and my colleagues (her minions) as gifts. They were exquisitely packaged and tasted heavenly. It didn’t make up for the daily abuse we suffered at her hands, but it was, begrudgingly, an act of kindness I have never forgotten.

That is a memory I have tried to repress for years, though this has not stopped the name Pierre Marcolini from being carved into my subconscious forever. And so I was shocked when I ventured into the Shin Kong Mitsukoshi department store in Taipei’s busy Xinyi district and spotted a Pierre Marcolini‘s cafe. Marketed as the “god of chocolate” (who comes up with this stuff?), this cafe served not only sublime chocolates but also beautifully crafted desserts.

Despite the bank-breaking prices, I just had to try. (And I’m serious about the prices. We’re talking around NT$500 (AU$18-19) for each dessert, which is nearly double what some other already-considered-very-nice patisseries in Taiwan charge).

It wasn’t, however, a great afternoon because it seemed the air conditioning in that section of the department store was down, and it was like a freaking furnace in there. Nonetheless, our group of four perused the menus and, after getting over the shock of the prices, ordered one each (which comes with a complimentary beverage included in the price).

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Options from the menu

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More options from the menu

 

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This is a super special menu for two that we passed on — includes savoury dishes as well as desserts for NT$1,200 + 10% surcharge

Below are some pretty average photos of our desserts taken on a smartphone.

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The L’Envol, essentially a chocolate cake with chocolate ribbon, a tiny macaron and ice cream — apparently THE highlight that turned Pierre Marcolini into a “god”

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Le Macaron Sablon, a big berry macaron with a chocolate ribbon and crushed pistachios — great for those looking for something lighter and more sour

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Speaking of sour, this was one excellent lemon tart (Tarte Citron à l’ ancienne) with meringue on top and caramelized lemon pieces below

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And last but not lease, my favourite, which happens to not be on the menu. I don’t know what it is, but it has ice cream, chocolate sauce, fresh bananas, mascapone, crushed nuts and that crispy chocolate thing you see in the back (the best)

The final verdict on Pierre Marcolini? Mmm…very nice, highly quality desserts — but for that price? I don’t think so. Taiwan has plenty of places that sell cakes and desserts that, in my humble opinion, at least rival that of Pierre Marcolini, but at a fraction of the price. So while it’s an experience I enjoyed, I don’t think I will be going back any time soon.

Details

Pierre Marcolini

Address: Shin Kong Mitsukoshi A4, 2nd Floor, No. 19, Song Gao Rd, Xinyi district, Taipei City

Phone: (02) 2722 0660

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