We have been wanting to try this place for a while now, and last weekend was the right time as we enjoyed our quality time together after dinner.
Making our way towards the new shopping and lifestyle mall which has yet to be officially launched; Gurney Paragon has already rented out spaces on the ground floor to several avid restaurateurs and entrepreneurs eager to get their businesses started early before the opening and to attract their very own crowd of regular customers.
From the looks of it, this looks like a new stylish and hip lifestyle mall to cater to the growing population of tourists and locals on the little island known as the Pearl of the Orient.
Meet Fresh is the Taiwanese desserts outlet which had caught my attention for several months now; since I have received the brochure about it notifying of its soft opening back then but we did not have the opportunity or time to check the place out.
Located towards the left end from the main concourse, the outlet was bright in its exterior to welcome its visitors. (or maybe, I just love bright colors myself; and yellow is just so cheerful!)
Seating was free and I was quite pleased that it was not too crowded on a Saturday night; or maybe I was just early. After our ordering and payment at the counter, we were to wait with our receipt and a buzzer which would vibrate to inform us to collect our orders when they are ready.
This reminded me of my dining experience in Perth last time (here)
They offer many choices and some of their selection reminds me of the last Taiwanese dessert I tried here
It led me to think whether they are connected in any way, but seems like they are not as they are two separate entities though some of their selections may be slightly similar (not totally similar).
We ordered two; a dessert bowl and a so-called drink.
Honey Bean + Brown Sugar Cubes + Herbal Jelly + Black pearls bowl and the Mung Bean Ice Blended.
Note why I mentioned that it was a so-called drink as there was a funny story when we ordered this drink as the lady at the counter was trying to tell us that it is not a normal drink, but rather one which would require us to 'eat' from it instead of drinking it.
I laughed at it initially and found it a little ridiculous, as after all, most of these drinks do contain the chewy black pearls and mung bean which we do need to 'eat' from it anyhow so we just told her to go ahead with the other and that we are fine with it.
I totally got what she meant when my drink arrived!
Mung Bean Ice Blended (MYR5.50)
This is more solid than liquid and though it stated ice blended, I didn't think that they would take it so literally to just give me ice instead of a perfect blend where there's a little liquid???
I mean, why can't they just do like what others do with the ice blended red bean, like this one?
Taste wise, it was really ice! It did not taste that bad, but we left it to melt and I would strongly suggest to Meet Fresh to really include a little water to make this a drink!
It tasted great when it finally melted, really!:-)
That's what I call a drink, and I couldn't help but giggle when the lady at the counter handed us a straw as we were leaving so that we could finally 'drink' from it when it melts!
Haha, how sweet and helpful of her and to think I thought she was kidding with me earlier!
The dessert bowl was not too bad; the Honey beans combined with brown sugar glutinous cake, herbal jelly and black pearls (MYR6.50)
I originally wanted the version with lotus seeds, but they have run out of it (*disappointed*) so we opted for this and glad that it did not quite disappoint me.
The glutinous cake was actually a slightly solid version of a 'herbal kueh' and was quite an interesting complement to the overall taste of the desserts.
We did enjoy the desserts; though I would still prefer Ice Bowl anytime due to their wider variety in the desserts selection and more of those which suit my personal tastes :-)
However, Meet Fresh is not bad; and they are affiliated with Share Tea and Wong Kok Char Chan Teng; all available in Gurney Paragon as well.
Meet Fresh has an outlet in Gurney Plaza as well, and I won't mind going back to try the lotus seed version which I originally wanted (I love lotus seeds, who doesn't??)
I do hope they improve the Ice Blended Mung Bean soon, and add more varieties to their menu!:-)