Rating: 5/10: Palatable but not superb.
Tim & Mel Patisserie and Bistro (Part 1: Desserts)
No. 39, Alley 4, Lane 345, Section 4, Rén'ài Rd, Daan District
When my friend and I arrived, the cafe seemed like it can only hold about 15 people. It's a pretty small shop where most of its customers get take out pastries. The small bistro offers lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea. My friend and I decided to get the afternoon tea set for about 300 NT.
For 300 NT this is what you get:
A choice of main dessert: We choose the raspberry chocolate mousse tart.
This is the interior of the tart:
It was pretty decent and very light tart, though I would have preferred the tart to be a bit more crisp instead of a hardened cake. The mousse part had a pretty delicious chocolate taste and contrasted nicely with the nuts.
You can also get a single macaron for 65 NT.
We also got green tea and sesame macarons.
I will probably get a bunch of OOOOOooooo loook macarons they look so delicious!! But don't judge a dessert by its picture. Usually for macarons, I should be able to slice it easily with a butter knfie and even break it apart easily with my hands. These ... unfortunately were super chewy so it was very difficult to cut with a knife to split with my friend. The flavor of the shells were pretty good, but the texture just made it a below mediocre macaron. As in the comments in Hungry Girl in Taipei, I have to agree that these are worse than the failcarons I have made.
The tea set also included a sort of flan but panna cotta like item. This was perhaps the highlight of the meal. I just wanted to eat many of these. It was very creamy and had a very very good texture.
The rest of the items were not worth taking pictures of: a caramel cookie, which was a bit stale and a madeleine that was not that buttery and bit too lemony as if I was eating a lemon cookie. I do not approve :(.
As someone that trained in France, Pastry Chef Melissa Chang does not deliver. Maybe the pastries were not fresh or had a bad day. I will go again to try their main courses and pastries.