Perfume Dance

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

On the first day after the Chinese New Year festivities, everyone rushed out of their houses and back to civilization. I, for one, could not wait to get back on the streets and eat the foods I wanted to eat, spend time doing the things I wanted to do. My friend took the opportunity to introduce me to one of her favorite "afternoon tea" places in Taipei.

Now, this particular friend is a typical "lady who lunches." Her typical routine during the day rarely evolves outside of eating and shopping. I don't have any friends like this in the U.S., so I'm not really sure if afternoon tea is as common a practice as it is here or it just seems like a common practice here because my friend is an outlier.

"Honey toast" is a thing here, just like fruit tea is a thing. Honey toast is, apparently, an entire loaf of bread with the insides carved out, toasted/baked, and filled with various fillings. My friend brought me to Perfume Dance, which sells honey toast innards:

I'm not sure what flavor this one was, but it was one of their "famous" items

... I'm hereby giving up on expecting anything of Taiwanese dessert concoctions, because they've all been pretty terrible. It tasted as you'd imagine it to taste ... like toasted chunks of sourish bread with ice cream poured over it. Not tasty. I can't remember how much this cost, but whatever it was, it was too much. (It was probably in the $6-$7 range.)

My friend ordered a fruit tea, as usual.

And I ordered my latte, as usual.

We shared a beef quesadilla, which was also a complete letdown. My friend had had Perfume Dance's chicken quesadilla in the past and said it was good, but since it came with pineapple chunks and we had already ordered the honey toast dish, I opted for the more savory beef quesadilla. There was barely any beef in it, just a whole lotta lettuce and a little bit of cheese. She complained to our server about it and eventually he decided he would comp us for it.

Chocolate cake which I remember virtually nothing about, which means it probably didn't taste great.

On the decor side, it kind of reminded me of a trippier (if possible) Alice's Tea Cup. Perfume Dance does the whole "here's our collection of masks ... feel free to choose one and take photos in them" thing. The place was basically feather/harlequin-themed.

I don't think it really needs to be said that I won't be back.

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  1. Do you like fruit tea in general? I forgot about it until you mentioned it in this post. I love that stuff!



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