Translated by Ann Lee
(04) 2372-7208 Ext. 806
136, WuQuan W 4th St
Hours: 1-10 pm
Minimum charge NT$150/person. 10% service charge. Parking available. Credit cards accepted with purchase of NT$500. No outside food or drink.
A designer boutique conveniently located on the Art Museum Parkway, Armani is also an outdoor cafe. Before or after browsing around the store, shoppers can enjoy rich Illy coffee, as well as red/white wines, and cocktails. Top-quality French teas by Mariage Freres are also served; this famous brand, created in 1854, has 500 different tea varieties and is served around the world.
Their Espresso Traditions (NT$130-220) selection includes seven different Italian-style coffees. Their sugar-free Armani Ice Coffee (NT$180) is smooth and delicious. The wonderful Caramel Macchiato is served hot and their Latte has just enough milk. Besides a cup of gourmet coffee, you can also try handmade cookies, Italian mineral water, or French-style black tea (NT$280 each), which is served with dessert. Their delicate Wedding Imperial Tea collection includes three different flavors--maltose, chocolate, and caramel.
On the cocktail menu, you'll see Armani Collezioni (NT$240), a colorful, deceptively alcoholic Italian cocktail made with flavors like tangerine, strawberry and cherry. The white and red wines imported from Italy (NT$200/glass) tend to be less sour and dry than their French counterparts. If you want to explore something more romantic, then try Armani's Love, a dessert dish made with Haagen-Dazs chocolate and seasonal fruit. Light meals and afternoon meal sets are served throughout the week and on weekends from 2:30 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.