Taipei City – 108 Matcha Saro – Eslite XinYi

Value for money: 10/10
Cleanliness: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Quality of food: 10/10
Overall: 10/10

This their 4th store in Taipei to date, in the Eslite building in the XinYi area near Taipei City Hall.

I’ve also been to their TianMu branch and Q Square branch, too!

A great location with passing trade galore!
The menu here is the same as at the other stores, however, their is a subtle difference here – cocktails!
This souffle cake is delicious, make sure you try it!
108 Matcha Saro do a killer 大阪燒 which is like a pancake pastry sandwich hybrid filled with your choice of red bean or matcha custard – both are delicious, but the matcha custard remains my favourite.
Part of their new menu, it looks interesting!
I started with the original 大判燒 with matcha custard inside.
$40
Let me tell you: hot off the griddle with the matcha custard lava burning my mouth, I was still grinning foolishly from ear to ear – delicious!

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Next up was the Matcha Affogato
$258
An iced bowl of matcha ice cream with matcha tofu, Japanese sweet balls, red bean paste and cream, served with a steaming pot of matcha tea.
The money shot! Let me tell you, it tastes as good as it looks, too: the matcha ice cream is rich and delicious, not too sweet when combined with the matcha tea. The red bean paste lends a savoury element where the chewy mochi ball adds good texture.

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I also got to try their Almond tofu and Matcha tofu
They were both fairly good, but it didn’t particularly strike me as tofu. I would say more like a softer mochi. The almond (right) had a good flavour and I enjoyed the chewy texture. The texture of the matcha (left) was the same, with the flavour a little more delicate.
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Matcha Beer
$208
Step 1:
Honey added to the ice cold glass
Step 2:
beer added on top of the honey
Step 3: 
honey and beer mixture stirred
 
Step 4:
a little water, ice and matcha powder are shaken in a cocktail shaker
Step 5:
The matcha is added to the beer and my oh my does it look good!?
Lastly, stir your matcha into your beer, and take a sip. There’s a constant bitter sweet taste going on within this cocktail, as the matcha and the beer add bitterness in depth, but the honey adds sweetness to balance it wonderfully.
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Matcha Salty Dog 
$258
 
Step 1:
Grapefruit is used to rim the glass
Step 2:
Matcha salt rims the glass
 
Step 3:
Honey is added to a separate glass
Step 4: 
A shot of vodka is added
Step 5:
A few shots of grapefruit juice are added
Step 6:
Now, we stir
Step 7:
Matcha powder, ice and water are shaken in a cocktail shaker
Step 8:
The grapefruit mixture is poured into the serving glass
Step 9:
The specially imprinted ice is added to the serving glass
Step 10:
The ice cold matcha mixture is poured over the back of a spoon and into the cocktail
Step 11:
Marvel for a while at the colour combination and the imprinted ice
Stir it together and there you have it: The Salty Dog.
A wonderful combination of bitter matcha and bitter grapefruit mixed with sweet honey and strong vodka. This was truly delicious!
108 Matcha Saro on Facebook (XinYi Store)

Opening Times:

Sunday – Thursday
11:00 – 22:00

Friday and Saturday
11:00 – 23:00

臺北市信義區松高路11號B2

B2, No.11 SongGao Road, XinYi District, Taipei City.

Happy Eating!

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