Update! O Rose has moved to their permanent location near Zhongxiao Dunhua station, and now offers drinks, verrines, and patisserie in addition to premium ice creams. Check it out!
O Rose Gourmet French Ice Cream | O Rose 法式天然高品質冰淇淋
Address: No. 1, Alley 6, Lane 170, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Da’an District, Taipei City
MRT: Zhongxiao Dunhua Station
Phone: 02 2773 7989
Hours: Daily 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
電話：02 2773 7989
Oh, Taiwan. You don’t know how lucky you are. Just as summer hits its peak and we’re all dying to fly away to Italy or France, a little piece of Paris has come to us here in Taipei. Say hello to O Rose.
我很幸運發現O Rose這個小店，它在京站百貨四樓的暫時地點才開了兩個禮拜了而已，而且京站對我來說是個難以逃離的黑洞，出口不好找，我每次去都生怕我會迷失在里面，永远都出不来，所以我幾乎都不敢走進去。但去京站找O Rose還是比去巴黎簡單! O Rose目前在京站四樓的地點進行暫時的軟開幕，九月初要搬到另外一個地點開店。
I was lucky to hear about this shop. It’s only been open two weeks in its current temporary location on the fourth floor of Q Square, which is such a confusing black hole that I rarely venture inside for fear of being lost forever. But searching for O Rose in Q Square is still easier than traveling to Paris! The shop is currently doing its temporary “soft opening” for the summer in Q Square before moving to a permanent location in September.
O Rose’s French-style ice creams and sorbets are made in small batches with the best ingredients available. Owner Olivier is a native of Southern France with 10 years of experience in the ice cream business. He’s a purist with an adventurous palate – he offers a combination of old-world European classics (like vanilla, pistachio and hazelnut), local Taiwanese flavours (mango, guava, passionfruit), and postmodern creations like mojito and guava-pineapple-vervain. But whatever country the flavour comes from, he is faithful to traditional French methods: everything must be fresh, flavours must be as pure and concentrated as possible, ice creams are usually lower in milk fat, and sorbets must be no less than 55-75% fruit. Olivier uses only fresh, seasonal local fruits, which he personally shops for at the traditional market. Oh, but there is one aspect where Olivier deviates from tradition – he has reduced the sugar in his recipes. Taiwanese consumers don’t like super-sweet ice cream. Neither do I, so I was so happy about this – finally, I can have authentic French ice cream that’s not too sweet for me!
目前O Rose賣最好的口味是芒果。Olivier常常使用比較大的，味道較溫和的金煌芒果代替最常用的，甜度偏高的愛文芒果。為了保持水果的純粹原汁原味，他會儘量減低加料，而且從來不加牛奶。按照法國傳統冰淇淋做法，你要麼做水果口味，要麼做牛奶口味，不可以混搭!這就是說，O Rose所有的水果口味冰淇淋其實不是冰淇淋而是雪酪—-不含牛奶，是全素的嘍!今天所供應的雪酪包括香蕉奇異果和芭樂口味(據說，製作芭樂雪酪非常麻煩，很費力，將來可能不再作了!)。
O Rose’s current bestseller is the mango sorbet. Olivier often uses larger, mildly nutty-tasting golden mangoes instead of the standard Irwin mangoes, which are sweeter. To preserve the pure flavour of the fruits, he keeps added ingredients to an absolute minimum, and he never uses milk. In the French style, it’s either fruit OR milk, not both! That means all of his fruit-based options are actually sorbets – dairy-free and vegan! Today’s sorbets include guava (which is so labour-intensive he may not make it again!) and banana-kiwi.
O Rose另外一個提點，是他們的歐式計費和分裝方式，冰淇淋是按重量計算。所有口味都是一個價格小份$120NT，大份$180，冰淇淋不是用勺子一球一球舀的而是用刮刀一片一片切的，切片裝成花瓣的形狀。因為每款口味價格都一樣，你可以選擇每片「花瓣」挑不同口味，你高興吃幾種就可以裝幾種，一份可以裝一款口味也可以裝12款! 但我建議不要挑太多種口味，不見得適合搭配。我是吃了幾款口味以後挑選了前三款最喜歡的作成我的「三色冰淇淋玫瑰花」。
Another special feature of O Rose is the European-style pricing and presentation. The ice cream is sold by weight, and all flavours are the same price – $120 NT for a small cone and $180 for a large. They use a spatula to slice the ice cream into thin “petals” instead of scooping it into a large ball. This means that each slice can be a different flavour, and you can choose as many flavours as you like. Your cone can contain one flavour or 12! But don’t get too crazy – not all flavours taste good together. After I sampled a few flavours, I picked my top three to make my tri-colour “ice cream rose”.
第一選擇:榛果。Olivier堅持不要用加工過的、充滿人工調味料的原料，他的榛果冰淇淋是全手工的，使用的是他自己親手去義大利買回台灣的，自己現烘現磨的頂級榛果。O Rose榛果冰淇淋的味道跟大多店所用的工廠製造的榛果料完全不一樣，大概是全台唯一製作全手工榛果冰淇淋的店。如果你愛吃Fererro Rocher，愛喝7-11或辛巴克的榛果拿鐵咖啡，要做好心理準備被養壞了!
My first choice: hazelnut. Olivier refuses to use processed, artificially flavoured premade mix – his hazelnut ice cream is made entirely from scratch, with hand-roasted, hand-ground premium hazelnuts which he personally brings to Taiwan from his supplier in Italy. The flavour is entirely different from the factory-made stuff that nearly all ice cream shops use. O Rose’s hazelnut ice cream is probably one of the only fresh hazelnut ice creams in Taiwan. If you love Fererro Rocher and 7-11 hazelnut lattes, prepare to be ruined forever.
My second choice: cocoa mint sorbet. This is NOT chocolate ice cream! This potent mixture of high-grade cocoa, sugar and mint is so pure there isn’t even any room for milk. A chocoholic’s dream, this super-concentrated, bittersweet sorbet is like the triple espresso of chocolate. The cooling tingle of peppermint lightens it up a bit. And yes, it’s vegan!
My third choice: vanilla. That’s right – the first-ever vanilla ice cream on Two Scoops! To be honest, vanilla is one of my favourite flavours, but I rarely order it because I’m always so distracted by more exciting flavours – I guess I’m just not very “vanilla”. O Rose’s vanilla bean ice cream is the real deal, made with fresh vanilla beans. The flavour is super pure and subtle. It’s unlike any vanilla ice cream I’ve had before, and as soon as I sampled it I knew I had to get to know it a little better. This is one sexy vanilla – even us adventurous types will be seduced.
For me? You shouldn’t have.
…what could be better than a bouquet of roses? One single perfect rose. Made entirely out of ice cream.