21 June 2013

A trip with my mum to Taro Taro, Victoria Park



Ever since Taiwanese dessert spot Taro Taro opened up in Vic Park last year my mother and I have been planning on dropping in to try it out. My mother is from Taipei and has a high expectation for the dishes that come from her homeland.

After some grocery shopping at Kongs nearby and a quick lunch at Ten Ten, Jeremy, my mother and I decided to finally give the place a go - though we weren't sure what to expect given the mixed reviews.

First impression of the place when we walk in is that it looks really bright and welcoming. The counter is open which lets you look into the preparation area, and there's a scattering of white tables with bright green chairs.

Ice blended taro

The menu is extensive, offering a selection of Taiwanese desserts, milk teas, fruit teas, icy drinks and traditional food items such as braised pork and fried chicken. Since we're all full from lunch we bypass the food (though the fried sweet potato balls sound yummy) and pick items off the drinks/desserts menu.

Jeremy chooses a large Ice Blended Taro drink which comes as a creamy, startlingly purple beverage.  One sip in, and it tastes good. I'm surprised by how nice it tastes - though I probably shouldn't seeing as I adore yams so much. It makes for a strangely delicious drink, but not something I could have too much of.

Passionfruit green tea

I choose a Passionfruit Green Tea with added sago in the regular size. I drink bubble tea at least once a month so I'd like to think I'm pretty aware of what makes a good serving. And this for me, definitely did not meet the brief.

The tea is way too sweet, and the sago too chewy. For me, it seemed like this sago had been cooked a couple days earlier and not that day. I ended up sadly drinking the tea and leaving the sago untouched after a few trial bites.

Signature herbal jelly ice

My mum decides on the Taro Taro Signature Herbal Jelly Ice. it comes out with taro balls, taro and sago pearls. It comes out and I can tell from her face as she takes her first bite that she's disappointed.

Like my drink, the sago is hard and difficult to chew; the taro not as flavoursome as it should be. The whole dish lacks that excitement that when done right it can have. She gets about halfway through it before deciding to give up and leave the remainder behind. I feel so bad for her because I knew she'd been looking forward to trying something here that she has eaten in her home country.

All up, our experience at Taro Taro was not such a good one. While the staff were pleasant and the restaurant clean, the quality of the desserts and drinks for me wasn't what I had wanted. I wouldn't mind trying the savoury food here, but I doubt that I'll bother coming back after our experience today.


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10 comments:

  1. I'm also a little hesitant to try this place due to the mixed reviews...and given your Mum's reaction, I'd say it's probably not a good idea to try this place when I'm super-craving Taiwanese desserts haha =P After reading your blog for so long, never knew your Mum was from Taipei!

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    1. Haha yes and she's very vocal about what makes a good Taiwanese dessert! I have to say, it was more disappointing to see how sad she was that it didn't live up to the expectation. Now all I can think about is having a good version of these desserts :)

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  2. Oh has she tried MeetFresh? I thought it was quite nice...but I haven't been in a while and supposedly standards have dropped =(

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    1. We havent tried MeetFresh yet - that's the next one on the list! Hopefully the standards haven't dropped too much :)

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  3. See I am totally clueless yet fascinated by these Taiwanese dessert places. When we went there we were the only non-Asians and had NO idea what to order. I got the Taro signature jelly and loved it but having barely had any other to compare it with I would LOVE to know what a good one actually tastes like!

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    1. Naw but see maybe that's a good thing... until the day you have an amazing dish and it ruins all others haha :) when I find a great one in Perth I'll let you know to try it!

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  4. I secretly feared that I'd read positive comments from you for this place. Mean I know, but my experience was really that shocking! :( Try going 3 different times and being told there's no taro balls, at a place called Taro Taro haha.
    My suggestion - don't bother with the savoury. Unless things have chang - nah don't bother.

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    1. I know it was so disappointing! My mum is still talking about how let down she was! And now all I can think about is finding some yummy desserts :)

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  5. Have you tried Sweet Fix in Northbridge?

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