Smith & Hsu

Tuesday, April 17, 2012



My friend, the Queen of Afternoon Tea, mentioned Smith & Hsu a very long time ago. She claimed that it was the best place in Taipei for a proper English cream tea. I love cream teas, and I've been wanting to go for a while, but it wasn't until about a week before my birthday that I finally got to go.

We both opted for the cream tea set (about $9) that came with a pot of tea and 2 scones. Together, we also ordered a sandwich, which we shared.

While waiting for the food, the waitress came by with this shallow box of tea leaves. Each jar was labeled with the name of a tea and we were allowed to sniff the jars to determine which tea we wanted to order.



We opted for the chicken mango sandwich (about $6.75), which was very nice. The mango enhanced the chicken a lot more than I thought it would, and it had all the "right" ingredients, like raw red onion and whole grain mustard.



Strawberry jam

Lemon curd



For a total of about $12.50 per person, this was a steal. Of course I'm comparing this to the cream teas of New York City and London, which are in the $20-$40 range. The tea was good, the scones were good and the sandwich was great. The service is good, as is expected of any Taiwanese place. I've heard not-so-nice things about the cakes and sweets, which seems pretty standard to me for tea spots now, considering how terribly Alice's Tea Cup handles its cakes and pastries. 

Oh, Alice's. Nothing will ever compare to Alice's pumpkin scone ... I don't care how much of a bastardization of the English scone it is!

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