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COMPASS MAGAZINE, June 2004

Robot Station


106 XiangShang Rd, Taichung.
04-23019859;
Hours:11am-12am
(opened till 1am on weekends)

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     Where in Taiwan can you buy a cup of coffee that comes with a free trinket? Other than McDonald's, there is a charming new shop that everyone must go at least once. The owner of this store is a young man with a funny goatee/funny facial hair and a fine sense for Western cafes with an artistic flair with a blend of his passion for his childhood days. With the owner's style, the cafe is designed with a very personal touch. Toy robots of all sizes adorn the entire shop. When a customer has collected enough store points, he/she can trade them in for an Astro Boy figurine. The store took the name of Ma-Chr, meaning "bus station" in Japanese, in hopes that everyone who comes to the store can enjoy a great cup of coffee. The open deck is always a favourite hang-out for those who wish to enjoy coffee, read or chat – creating a very Western atmosphere for the customers. The owner has collected car license plates from all 50 American states. By using the plates, he has personally made screens, full of creativity and Western essence. When customers need to use the washroom, they will find themselves not only amongst toilets, but a cactus garden. The washroom walls are decked out, also, in license plates, taking "washrooms" to a whole new level. As far as drinks go, the Arabian Specialty is the way to go. Also, other drinks to have a go at are the rich savory teas, milk teas and desserts, all ranging from NT$70 to NT$100. A house specialty is the Pocket Monster Oven-Baked Bread (NT$90) made from Italian bread that is hollowed and stuffed with cheese and, finally, baked till the cheese has melted. The end result of the bread is a cartoon-esque figurine, full of imagination and creativity!--By Uvia Chang, Translated by Teresacheng

 

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