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Smith & Hsu, Taipei

Smith & Hsu, Taipei

Scones and tea isn’t a ritual of mine, simply because finding good scones in KL has proven to be challenging. If it’s good, it usually comes with a price. But mediocre ones aren’t worth wasting stomach space on. rif and I heard good things about Smith & Hsu in Taipei and coincidentally, it was just a short walk from the hotel we stayed at.

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Love the organized space

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Upstairs at Smith & Hsu

The interior isn’t your quintessential afternoon tea and scones setting – no plush curtains, chairs and carpeting but what it looks like is a living room with bookshelves full of books for reading. As we sat down, our waitress presented a tray containing an assortment of tea for us to pick the flavour we fancy.

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Sniffing for the right tea

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Cream tea set

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2 scones, Devonshire clotted cream, English farm jam & a cup of tea of your choice

I tried the Cream Tea Set (NT 295) which came with two scones – cranberry and original, Devonshire clotted cream, English farm jam and a cup of tea of my choice. For some reason, I’ve become quite fond of tea especially the mint variety. So I picked the Gunpowder Mint Tea.

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My tea pick — No.16

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Gunpowder mint tea

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Scones with clotted cream and jam

The scones were quite good; crisp on the outside with a warm, buttery centre. Lighter than the scones I’m accustomed to in the UK but still every bit as good, especially with generous lashings of clotted cream and strawberry jam. I liked both the original and cranberry scones, the latter came dotted with dried cranberries and had more bite to it. Try both to see which you prefer.

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Sandwich with melted mozzarella and roasted bacon

rif tried the Sandwich with Melted Mozzarella and Roasted Bacon (NT 215), an assemblage of demi-baguette with bacon and mozzarella, further flavoured with mayonnaise, tomatoes, almond slices and oolong tea powder. Decent, but not something I would go for since I had my eyes set on the scones.

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Tea choices are aplenty!

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Cafe/library concept

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Jams and knick knacks for sale

If you happen to be in Taipei, give the scones and tea Smith & Hsu a try. Chances are, you won’t be disappointed.

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Ambiance: 7/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 7/10
Verdict: Come here for good scones and a mind boggling selection of flavoured teas.

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Smith & Hsu

smith&hsu
No. 21, Section 1, Nanjing East Road, Zhongshan District
Taipei City, Taiwan 104
Business hours: 10am to 10:30pm
Tel: +886 2 2562 5565
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