Taipei dessert – 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.
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!


Next up was the Matcha Affogato
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.


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.

Matcha Beer
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.
Matcha Salty Dog 
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


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

Happy Eating!

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