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Take out: yes
Waiter Service: yes
Outdoor seating: no
Food Quality: 3.5 out of 5
Decor: 4 out of 5
Service: 4 out of 5
Overall: 3.83 out of 5
Recommendation: High-Value Afternoon Tea
First, you start off with the drinks you ordered. The better choice with the 3 tier, and the whole experience is definitely tea. It is lighter and won't conflict with the snacks and desserts as much as coffee. Also, you get a cute teapot with a heating holder. And pearly white sleek ceramics never fail to make food and drink look and taste better. The utenstils and tableware offered us was not too shabby.
This item made of for the sliders, and I wish they offered more than 1 set. This mini tuna croissandwich topped with ikura was an absolute delight. The croissant was buttery and flaky enough to have that rich taste to it. I am not sure why the Taiwanese don't like to curve their croissants though. Even the croissandwiches at Starbucks sport these football shapes instead of the familiar crescent moon shape. They made a good choice by stuffing it with tuna and paring it with ikura. The mayo helps balance out the dryness the croissant contributes, and the tuna flavor mixes well with salmon roe, making a balanced sandwich in taste and texture.
The second item I loved in this tier was this club petite club sandwich. There is a layer of ham, egg, and tomato held together by mini toast. The bread was toasted to a perfect golden brown, and so it had the necessary crunch to it. The bread to filling ratio was suitable. Again, this item had a perfect balance with its dryness, and the 4 ingredients coalesce into a savory sandwich that is neither too meaty, too bready, nor way to soggy. From the intial crunch to the final grinding of the amalgam is a pleasant experience.
The second tier consists of pastry items. There are raisin scones, mini-muffins, minced meat pie, and flaky tartlets stuffed with a creamy filling. The raisin scones were alright. They were passable with some butter or jam, but they were not as good as the ones from Smith and Hsu. The mini muffins, were alright. They made these blueberry muffins in a very wierd way. Instead of having whole blueberries littered all over, they infused the blueberry flavor in the middle of the muffin. That was kind of interesting. The tartlets were reminiscent of the croissandwich. A flaky pastry and a creamy filling, but this time it was potato salad in a pastry cup.
I am more of a sucker for these rectangular mini cakes. This chocolate one with the gold leaf could have been a Tiramisu, but its a rich chocolate flavor dominates the whole thing. There was no hint of coffee flavors when I consumed this, but it was probably just overpowered by the cocolate. It may have been too subtle for me to detect, or maybe the latte I was imbibing made me ignore any notes of coffee.
My favorite mini cake has to be the blueberry cheesecake. Per typical Taiwanese fabrication, this blueberry cheese was not too rich. It was just mildly cheesy and more creamy and blueberry. This item was good enough to carry the responsibility of upholding the Joyce East name. Sadly, the dessert items change daily and seasonally, so it is not like you will be guarenteed a chance to consume this mini cheesecake. I guess part of the fun of coming to Joyce East and ordering the tier is this surprise factor. For those who have not stepped into the Afternoon Tea world, I strongly recommend that you start with Joyce East as the middle ground restaurant to gauge your future exploits.