Located at Zhongshan Rd, Central District in Taichung City, Miyahara ice-cream (宫原眼科) is beautifully decorated. The building, previously an ophthalmology clinic owned by a Japanese man named Miyahara during the Japanese occupation period of Taiwan, was restored to its former glory by Dawn cakes after it was partially destroyed by an earthquake and typhoon years ago. Its high ceilings, glossy polished floors and large pieces of wooden furniture made the shop look highly sophisticated – some have even suggested that it is reminiscent of Harry Potter world. With its classy exterior and interior, it exudes an air of elegance that extends to the exquisite menu of ice-cream flavours.
Photo on the right is from http://twotofu.blogspot.sg/2015/10/travelogue-to-taiwan-part-1.html
A long queue outside this shop is a common sight, not only because of its popularity amongst locals and tourists alike, but also because the excellent service customers are given. The dedicated and patient staff offer customers the opportunity to sample numerous flavours, and suggest exotic ice-cream flavours complementing the customer’s preferred tastes as they weave through the wide variety, including 17 types of chocolate ice-cream, and an equally staggering range of tea and fruit ice-cream flavours. ice-cream is priced at 90NT, 150NT and 225NT for single, double and triple scoops respectively, along with toppings of your choice. Toppings offered include pineapple pastry and cheesecake, which are specialties also sold at their retail area.
The ice-cream shop isn’t all there is to visit – the retail area is also magnificent. It gives off a sophisticated antique vibe, enhanced by the one-of-a-kind packaging for their pineapple pastries and other traditional Taiwanese goodies. Numerous boxes of such pastries are packaged as antique Chinese books and displayed prominently on bookshelves, whereas other intricately designed boxes have a Christmas theme to it – apt for the holiday season during which I visited the shop. The staff were all decked out in green and red festive attire, and extremely helpful in suggesting suitable gifts to bring back home, making every customer’s shopping experience a comfortable easygoing one.
Despite having already feasted on ice-cream earlier, the restaurant situated on the second level was simply too tempting a meal to pass up. Given the amazing quality of ice-cream and service provided earlier, it was almost a given that the exorbitant prices put forth in the menu would be worth it.
Indeed, this was proven right when the platter my family ordered was served in fancy dishware and the standard of the food way surpassed our expectations. The server was outgoing and friendly, even initiating a quick chit-chat with us about our holiday experience and where we were from. None of us thought too much about it, however, until the ice-cream dessert was served with a Singapore flag and a tall droplet-shaped cotton candy glowing softly from the device underneath as the masterpiece. This truly memorable experience certainly was the highlight of my trip to Taiwan.
Should you happen to visit the area, do drop by Miyahara ice-cream Shop for a treat you will never forget.
Chloe Kho (3 Truth)