Thursday, December 04, 2008

CLOSED! afternoon tea: i don't recommend DEAN AND DELUCA afternoon tea set

CLOSED! there is still a deli/coffeeshop in the same space, but very local. not Dean and Deluca

at Breeze Center, B2F
No.39, Fuxing S. Road, Sec 1
(02) 6600-8888 ext 7301


Sun - Wed 9 AM - 9 PM
Thur-Sat: 9 AM - 10 PM


Kid friendliness: finger foods. area to sit down

Visit reviewed: 10/21/2008
Review of their lunch sets here

After walking around with a friend around Breeze, we decided to find a place to sit down and catch up. We didn't want to squeeze into the crowded Starbucks area and spotted a sign for the afternoon tea set at Dean and Deluca with two coffees or teas (no special lattes).

We lined up at the coffee bar, but when we asked for the afternoon tea set (NT$450), they said we had to order from the middle counter instead. So we placed our order there and grabbed a seat.

All in all, everything on it was just okay. The only thing I really liked was the pudding. Everything else was disappointing- the fruit was not sweet, the pastries were dry, the finger sandwiches forgettable. I guess I expected more from Dean and Deluca.

The next time, I'd just get some of their sandwiches or sides from the counter or sweets from Maison Kayser and make my own little afternoon tea set.


elmomonster said...

The tea set does look a bit lacking. With the exchange rate, that's $13 US! Steep!

Food For Tots said...

Tks for dropping by at my blog and the link. I have never been to Taipei and glad to find the food guide here. Luvly blog!

joanh said...

elmomonster: yeah.. there are all you can eat afternoon teas for half the price.

food for tots: thanks! looking forward to reading more of your blog

Anonymous said...

I'm amazed that in New York, Dean & Deluca was originally a glorified grocery store with some prepared foods and coffee, but in Asia (well, at least in Taiwan and Japan) it's a line of upscale cafes with sandwiches and overpriced pastries. In Tokyo, it seemed like a trend to walk around sporting a Dean & Deluca canvas tote bag. Do they sell merchandise in the Taipei D&Ds?

joanh said...

caffeinenicotine: Dean and Deluca still does have decent prepared foods and grocery store portion (but everything is just so expensive).. I have seen Dean and Deluca bags and such around, but not many people carrying them around