We bought 2-3 separate batches of desserts from Oui Café but apologies as my photos are all over the place so this will be a concentrated review of the 1st visit only. Qui Café is a chain patisserie shop being headed by an ex-Michelin Starred French pastry chef right here in Taipei. Their Caneles were right up there with French standards too, a surprise find in Asia, where most caneles don’t ever look or taste so right.
I tried all Canele flavours except Chocolate. They were all pretty good actually, especially surprised by the Raspberry version with a Raspberry powder on top, which was quite natural in taste and not like cough medicine!
The Original and Green Tea Caneles cross sections -
The structure was ok. Dark crispy on the outside and fresh even just eating off the shells. The inside batter were porous and had the right amount of rum and vanilla and eggs taste. If there is 1 thing to pick on, it could be more moist and also have more vanilla. The Matcha one was also decent with green tea taste ~ 8/10
The Cake Display -
Qui’s cakes aren’t about flair in design and recipe, compared to say La Douceur (Taipei). The latter as mentioned had really creative ideas up it’s sleeves. Over here, it was more about the executional accuracy.
Pear and Caramel Mousse Cake -
The pears were present as 2 different layers and quite ripe sweet as expected. The caramel mousse was a little light in taste, but it was the covering Caramel which wasn’t darkened enough and too cloying. Even if I like the elastic texture.. ~ 6.5/10
Strawberry ‘Round’ Mille-Feuille -
This looks different from the normal puff pastry with crème patissiere, but was it just gimmickly? Fortunately this was not only crispy and buttery, but the whole package was just amazing in both presentation and taste. One of the reasons to come back to Oui Café. In fact I cannot think of any other better mille-feuille in HK bar Macau’s Robuchon au Galera.. ~ 12/10
Double Strawberry Macaron -
Strawberry white chocolate which is coated around Strawberry macaron. A fun idea, but ultimately probably a bit too sweet on the chocolate coating as well as inside! But fun nevertheless. ~ 7/10
Price: TWD $300
Food: ♕♕♕♕ to ♕♕♕♕♕
Ease of Access: 4/5
Address: 台北市南京西路23巷3號中山區, 台北市 (南西店)
No. 3, Lane 23, Nanjing West Road, Jhongshan District, Taipei