Somehow I missed Yellow Lemon when I was compiling my ice cream hit list earlier this year – I only heard of it when a friend suggested we go there to check out their award-winning soft-serve gelato a few weeks ago. We originally planned to go to the main location in Dazhi, but it turns out they have a branch at the Shinkong Mitsukoshi in Xinyi, so we went to that one instead.
黃檸檬是2009年創立合資企業「 安琪餐飲集團」的一小部分。一對餐客夫妻在上海豪華飯店愛上了義大利國際廚師Giorgio Papplardo的精緻料理以後，向廚師提出合作企劃，就來台創立了台北市的「Osteria by Angie 」義大利餐廳，再繼續擴大生意，多加了幾家分店、一家披薩店、一個外燴服務公司、一個烹飪學院以及「黃檸檬 」。
Yellow Lemon Dessert Bar is just one minor division of Angie’s F&B Group, a joint venture launched in 2009 by Italian chef Giorgio Papplardo and a food-loving entrepreneur couple who fell in love with his cooking at a posh hotel in Shanghai. They opened the restaurant Osteria by Angie in Taipei and gradually expanded the business to include multiple branches, a pizza restaurant, a catering business, a cooking school, and Yellow Lemon.
Yellow Lemon’s concept is “dessert as art”. The main location in Dazhi has much more variety – the Xinyi location is really just a simple ice cream stand. I’ll have to go to the Dazhi location to get the full experience, like the crazy abstract dessert “painting” pictured above!
The Xinyi location is just an ice cream stand, but maybe not a simple ice cream stand – the “dessert as art” concept carries over here, too, but on a smaller scale. The bar stocks a ton of fun toppings to create soft-serve ice cream masterpieces.
The shop’s two ice cream flavours apparently don’t change regularly – instead of varying ice cream flavours, you vary toppings. A simple “Easy Going” (ice cream in a cone or cup, no toppings) is a modest NT$100; the “Special” (add a sauce + two toppings) is NT$150, and the “Experience” (premium topping combinations, see menu above) is NT$180.
信義分店的兩款口味為草莓及「White Passion」。「White Passion」就是冰淇淋師Andrea Bonaffini所創造的，在國際義式冰淇淋大賽得過「客人選擇獎」的招牌檸檬口味。我本來想要點一個綜合的冰淇淋來嘗嘗看兩款口味，但草莓已賣完了，所以唯一吃得到的是「White Passion」。
The two flavours are strawberry and “White Passion”, chef Andrea Bonaffini’s signature flavour – a mild lemon gelato that won a special mention and people’s choice award in the Gelato World Tour.We would have ordered a mixed cone to try both flavours, but strawberry was sold out, so we only got to try White Passion.
因為配料很多，所以他們會把冰淇淋蛋捲擺在紙盤上。第一個點的是「Taro Rocher 芋頭與金沙」。首先塗上一塊甜甜的芋泥……
To accommodate the crazy amount of toppings, they serve the ice cream cone on a paper plate. First up, the Taro Rocher. It starts with a smear of sweet taro paste…
…followed by a generous sprinkle of luscious candied hazelnuts…
…and then the chocolate drizzle…
……最後放一塊金沙巧克力，餓著肚子欣賞冰淇淋的樣子時可以把巧克力當小吃。好了，大家來觀看一下藝術家的「Taro Rocher 芋頭與金沙」，NT$180。
…and topped with a Fererro Rocher. Just in case you need a snack while you’re admiring your ice cream. Behold, the Taro Rocher Experience, NT$180.
So after all that, how is the actual ice cream? …to be honest, I found the white chocolate flavour a little cloying. My two friends, on the other hand, both found it very light. The texture was nice, though – perfectly smooth and balanced, neither too fatty or too watery.
We also ordered a NT$150 “Special”, with two toppings and one sauce of our choice. We chose those gorgeous caramelized hazelnuts again, plus some caramelized puff pastry.
The matcha sauce looked interesting, so we gave that a try, too.
The matcha sauce gave a nice touch of bitterness. The best part was the hazelnuts, which were toasted to fragrant perfection and coated in a crispy layer of caramelized sugar. I really liked the cone, too. Once I’d eaten the cone and the nuts, I kind of lost interest in the ice cream and only ate a few bites. The rest melted away on my plate.
The verdict? The ice cream is ok, but I wouldn’t have given it an award. Maybe it’s just a matter of taste, though – I’m just not interested in eating a chihuahua-sized pile of white chocolate flavoured cream. They do get points for value, however – although the NT$150-180 price tag seems expensive, each cone is big enough for two people to share. Even three hungry ice cream fans couldn’t finish these two monster cones.
Yellow Lemon does deserve an award for their incredible handiwork, though – their cookies and cakes are true works of art. Almost too gorgeous to eat!
黃檸檬(信義分店) | Yellow Lemon (Xinyi Branch)
Address: B2, No. 19 SongGao Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City (Shinkong Mitsukoshi A4)
MRT: Taipei 101/World Trade Center Station
Hours: 11:00~22:00 daily