I had a cappuccino and house made cookies, both were delicious. The coffee was as good as what I would find in Australia. The staff were friendly and one spoke English fluently. The atmosphere was chill and everything a coffee shop should be. I will definitely be a regular here during my time in Taipei.
Definitely the coolest little spot i found in Taipei. In a very cool area, The place is just hard enough to find and the environment is very asia hip. I always get myself in trouble in certain countries when i assume that they wont make the coffee that Im hoping to have so i always have to open my mouth and ask "what size is your latte or cappuccino" or "please can i have a double shot in a small cup, milk not to hot", or some shit like that... So when the intimidated waitress who couldn't speak english very well got me an exact coffee that i was hoping for i was happily surprised! I did notice that all the coffee i tried in Taipei had a very similar essence... I can't really explain it, its a very distinct unification of flavour here? But that's just me...
I really like this cafe. The coffee is good, they make a decent cappuccino that is on par with all the other good coffee places you've heard of in this caffeinated part of Taipei. The atmosphere is great. It's a cafe with soul and while the music is a little questionable at times, the overall experience at Yaboo is very enjoyable and the staff (when you engage them) are very friendly. I especially liked the fact they were open until midnight. I like to drink coffee late while I work on my laptop and this place made that easy. Stop there, sit in, sit out, drink up and chill out; that's my advice.
When I walked into the cafe, there were only few people there. I sat down in the corner table for four people, and welcomed by a lovely guest dog named "Carbo" (if I remember right)!! I ordered cappuccino (It seems not popular to use skinny milk for coffee in Taipei). Maybe I am spoiled by Melbourne's flavor, I feel the coffee in Taipei is usually weaker. However, the foam is really silky and the taste of the coffee was great!! They have a very special item on the menu: 'something special you want', and 'today's special from barista'... One of this definitely will be my choice when I visit here next time!!
Situated on a lane that's becoming quite populated with cafes, most notably Flat White, Yaboo is an 'eclectic lounge' style fitout that's popular in Taiwan. As is customary in Taipei, patrons pass the time on laptops, playing cards and just plain lounging around with no angst from the proprietor due poor turnover. It's a model that's just not found in Australia. Coffees are localized for the resident market in both size and style. Refer other posts for more info. The smallest flat white I could order was about 12oz thus it was too milky. Having said that the milk was well textured and sported great free pour latte art on top. The coffee was quite sour, even through the milk and it was for this reason I didn't order an espresso chaser. The food menu contains standard Taiwanese offerings though they do get a little more creative with cakes and dessert, providing some interesting French choices. Outdoor (smoking) seating is available, shared with a delightfully lethargic ginger cat that suns itself on any available seat. (Official resident, not a stray). A stairwell descends down from the main floor to a gallery below, something I didn't inspect on this occasion. Great staff, great service, pleasant coffee. Yaboo won't be knocking Flat White off its perch anytime soon but I'll happily return on FW's day off , as I did this time.
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