I recently left Taipei to visit friends in Tainan and enjoy some of the foods the city is famous for. This is a food-obsessed city specializing in old-fashioned flavours and traditional methods, so naturally it’s rich in delicious handmade ice cream! This time, I happened to find Dishege Gelato, an ice cream shop I’d never been to before, so I brought my friend with me to check it out.
The display case outside the shop is beautifully arranged. The bins are piled high with colourful, creamy gelato sculpted into rippled waves. You can tell the texture is good just from the way it can be sculpted so smoothly – it’s very attractive.
The shop doesn’t only sell gelato – they also have food and beverages, and you can even pair your ice cream with a beverage to make a float. The prices are very reasonable – people living in Taipei will be jealous!
As for free samples, the staff are very generous. They let me try lots of flavours to help me choose when I couldn’t make up my mind. I tried assam milk tea, rum raisin, black sesame, Belgian dark chocolate and lemon sorbet. They were all very smooth and flavourful, but to be honest I found them all too sweet for me, with the sugary taste overpowering the other flavours. In the end I chose black sesame because its natural flavour is very assertive and more able to compete with the sweetness. Above is just a single scoop at $70 NT – it’s a huge portion! I could only get through half; then I asked my sweet-toothed friend to help me finish it.
My friend ordered the black tea ice cream float. The slight bitterness of the black tea balanced out the sweetness of the vanilla gelato, so it wasn’t excessively sweet. The gelato was very smooth. The texture of creamy gelato in a sip of refreshing iced tea is a pleasant surprise. As the gelato slowly melts, a glass of black tea gradually becomes a glass of milk tea. It’s lovely – the perfect pairing for this type of extra-sweet, strongly-flavoured gelato.
The shop has sofas and seats, and it’s quiet and comfortable with good sunlight – a good place to stop for a while and slowly enjoy the ephemeral flavour of an ever-evolving black tea ice cream float.
Dishege Gelato | 得意吉義式冰淇淋專賣店