[Taipei] When I was during my Taipei café research, it occurred to me that there are many quaint little cake stores which are situated along Songjiang Nanjing & Xingtian Temple Station.
Due to my hectic travel schedule, I could only shortlist a few to visit and Coffee Smith Cake 時安靜好 came up to be one of my priority.
Not to be confused with South Korea’s Coffee Smith, this Coffee Smith have brand presence mainly in Taiwan and also Malaysia.
I was immediately captivated by their cosy space and beautifully crafted desserts.
At first glance, I thought the drawings were plate designs, only to realize there that they were all hand-drawn by the talented staffs.
The neat designs were all exquisite and stellar. On a side note, it was also edible.
I went with the Shizuoka Volcanic Matcha Chiffon 靜岡火山抹茶戚風 (NT180, SGD$8.30) which came capped with matcha sauce, mimicking a volcano overflowing with lava.
For matcha lovers, this is utopia.
At first mouth, I could taste the intense bitterness from matcha powder, accompanied lingering subtle sweet aftertaste.
The chiffon base was also light and fluffy.
So good, I almost went for a second helping.
They also serve desserts with poetic stories named after angels. For instance the Chamue’s Feather 夏彌爾的羽毛 (NT180, SGD$8.30) and Uriel’s Peak 屋列爾之巔 (NT200, SGD$9.20).
Former being a tangy lemon tart layered with lime mousse and torched berry meringue shaped like a rose, latter being a chocolate chiffon cake encased in a “mountain peak” crafted using malt sugar.
Photo by @coffeesmithcake
The Uriel’s Peak was also featured on Taiwan’s lifestyle magazine and food variety show for its photogenicity and delicate craftsmanship.
Interestingly, there was a range of fantasy-themed desserts such as Purple Potato Unicorn Milkshake (NT220, SGD$10.10) specially curated for 網美 (ladies who loves to take OOTD).
Fanciful drinks are not my type. Hence, I went for the Rose Latte (NT150, SGD$6.90) which tasted slightly bitter, probably from darker roast beans, coupled with hints of floral fragrance.
While the store serves mainly desserts, light bites such as Mentaiko Crepe and Molten Cheese Bowl (NT180, SGD$8.30) are also available.
Point to note, there is a minimum order requirement of a beverage per customer.
Due to their popularity, reservations are (apparently) required. I only managed to get a table because I went in the early morning.
From my experience, initially my dessert didn’t came with the hand-drawn design. It was until the staffs saw that we were taking photos and offered to take back our dessert to complete the design.
Substandard treatment for customers? Hmmm.
Coffee Smith Cake 時安靜好
No. 2, Siping Street, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 7.30pm Daily
Google Maps – Coffee Smith Cake
* Written by Lewis Tan @juicyfingers, a self-proclaimed coffee addict. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.