8%ice Café (Zhongshan, Taipei) | 8%ice Café (台北中山)

I just discovered recently that my beloved 8% Ice has a branch in Zhongshan district. I don’t know how long they’ve been open – I saw it while I was walking down the street and immediately went in to buy a cup!

最近才發現了我最愛的8% Ice在中山開了分店,不知道開了多久了,走路時偶然看到了,乾脆去買一杯!


It’s a simple place without seats or tables – just the benches outside the door. But it’s conveniently located in the middle of the Zhongshan commercial district, so it’s the perfect spot to get takeout or stop for a quick break and a sweet treat while window shopping.  The Zhongshan shop is a little different from the original Yongkang shop – the original is just an ice cream shop, while Zhongshan is a cafe offering beverages, cookies and French pastries. The sweets look amazing!

中山門市比較小,環境很簡單,沒有室內座位,也沒有桌子,只有門外的露天長椅,可是地點很方便,就在中山商圈核心裡,所以比較適合買外帶或是逛街時快速吃個點心稍稍休息一下。 中山門市跟永康總店有點不一樣, 總店只賣冰淇淋,中山店則是咖啡店,提供餅乾跟法式糕點,還有飲料。甜點看起來好好吃!

  In terms of ice cream, it’s the same as the original location, offering all the usual flavours.

至於冰淇淋,就是跟永康街的總店一樣,提供的冰淇淋口味差不多。

The first time I went I wanted something a little less sweet, so I chose roasted rice matcha (gen mai cha) flavour.

我第一次去的時候,我想要吃比較微甜的,所以買了玄米抹茶口味。

This matcha is pretty special, much better than most matcha-flavoured ice creams on the market. Its rich, full tea-leaf flavour pairs with the nutty flavour of roasted rice, followed by a kick of authentic green-tea bitterness. It’s not very sweet, so you can really appreciate the natural flavour of the matcha. The texture is amazing, satiny smooth. It’s my most highly-recommended flavour so far!

玄米抹茶真的滿特別,比一般的抹茶冰淇淋好很多,有濃郁的茶葉味道配玄米的烘焙口味,還帶有綠茶微苦的味道,甜度比較低,所以真的可以享受抹茶的天然香味。口感也非常的好,滑順綿密。至今為止,這是我最推薦的口味!

My friend ordered the roasted macadamia flavour, which is a completely different experience. Macadamias have a naturally subtle flavour, so the macadamia gelato isn’t strong-tasting like the matcha is, and its sweetness is a little more assertive. It’s also textured with finely-ground macadamia nuts. You can really taste their roasted flavour, though – it isn’t covered up by the taste of sugar and butterfat. It’s much better-made than Haagen Dazs’s macadamia ice cream – the flavour is fresh and natural compared to Haagen Dazs, which is way too sweet and has a very heavy, fake-tasting butterfat flavour; the macadamia is almost undetectable. 8%ice Cafe’s roasted macadamia gelato would suit people who prefer more traditional ice cream flavours; the matcha gelato would suit those who like to try new flavours.

朋友點了烘培夏威夷豆口味,完全不一樣的體驗,夏威夷豆本身味道比較微妙的,所以這個冰淇淋的口味沒有抹茶口味的濃重,甜味比較明顯,還有細細夏威夷豆碎塊的口感。真的可以吃出來夏威夷豆的烘培口味,沒有被糖跟奶油的口味掩蓋。 跟Haagen Dazs夏威夷豆冰淇淋比起來,8%做的好吃很多,味道新鮮天然,Haagen Dazs實在太甜,奶香非常重,有點假假的感覺,沒有什麼堅果香味。這個口味很適合喜歡吃比較傳統的,奶香較重冰淇淋的人;抹茶口味則比較適合試試新口味者。

The second time I came to 8%ice Cafe it was a really hot day, so I felt like having a light and refreshing sorbet. This time there was a new limited-edition flavour I’d never seen before – “Pink Modern”, or cranberry with lemon, vodka and Cointreau. Sounds like a summer cocktail. Be careful – don’t drive after eating this sorbet!

我第二次去,天很熱,所以想要吃比較清爽的雪酪。這一次去,他們有我沒看過的限定口味--分紅摩登。此雪酪以蔓越莓加檸檬、橙酒跟伏特加酒做的 — 聽起來像一種夏天的雞尾酒似的。大家要小心,別雪酪後開車喔!

The flavour is nice and tart, with the cranberries’ characteristic slight bitterness, and you can even detect that natural grassy flavour that fresh berries have. It’s very authentic – you can tell that they’ve used fresh cranberries. At first I was worried that the alcohol flavour would be too strong, but it wasn’t – it was very light and refreshing and perfect for summer, not heavy or cloying at all. The cointreau flavour was very subtle, not obvious, and not competing with the taste of cranberries. It just adds to the sweet-tart flavour and makes it fuller and more balanced. Vodka doesn’t really have any flavour or fragrance – it just has the slight bitterness and heat of alcohol, which contrasts with and emphasizes the sweet-tart fruit flavours.

味道酸酸甜甜的,還有蔓越莓的特殊微苦的滋味,並且可以吃得出來新鮮莓的天然青草香味,很道地的,可以很確定他們就是用新鮮現磨的蔓越莓。我本來怕酒味會很重,因為我吃過他們的巧克力橙酒口味覺得味道太重,可是不會,味道很清爽,很適合夏天,不會膩。橙酒的橙香很微妙,不太明顯,不是跟蔓越莓的味道競爭而是補充它,讓他的酸甜香味更加豐富和平衡。伏特加本身是很清淡的,沒什麼香味,只有點苦苦的,辣辣的酒味。雪酪裡頭吃不出來酒的辣味,可是它的苦味對照並增加水果的甜味。

Overall, it’s a very fresh and balanced sorbet, unique and delicious. Unfortunately the texture isn’t so good, probably because of the alcohol content. Since alcohol doesn’t freeze, alcoholic sorbets and ice creams don’t solidify easily. Pink Modern is very soft, and it melted before I’d even eaten half. This kind of sorbet has to be kept super cold (or just eaten really fast!).

總之,這個雪酪的味道平衡清爽,很獨特,好好吃。可惜的是口感不是很好,大概是因為酒的關係,酒不會冷凍,所以含酒的雪酪和冰淇淋不太容易凝固。粉紅摩登軟軟的,吃了一半已經融化了,這樣的雪酪要很冰很冰才對(或是要快點把它吃完!)。

But it’s fine – even though it melts too quickly, it still tastes just as good!

沒有關係,雖然融化得太快,可是還吃起來一樣好吃!

8%ice Café

Address: First floor, 15 Nanjing West Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei
MRT: Zhongshan Station
Phone:02 2581 7986
Hours: 11:00-21:30 Sun-Thurs, 11:00-22:00 Fri-Sat
Facebook: www.facebook.com/8.percent.ice
Website: 8%ice Café

地址:台北市中山區南京西路15號一樓
捷運: 中山站
電話:02 2581 7986
時間:週日-週四 11:00-21:30; 週五-週六 11:00-22:00
臉書: www.facebook.com/8.percent.ice
網站: 8%ice Café

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