Gelato Pique Café is an adorable, pastel-themed café, bringing to mind a European cottage. All of this rings true, except that this concept originated in Tokyo, Japan. Next door, and attached, is Mila Owen, the fashion brand associated with the café. Their clothes follow the same trend: pretty and pastel.

Gelato Pique Café’s menu boasts savory and sweet crepes, hamburgers, and a range of other desserts. We tried both a savory and a sweet crepe, as we were told these were the most popular dishes. The mustard chicken salée (RMB 68) was basically a crepe topped off with crunchy salad, tender fried chicken cubes intermingled with mushrooms, a perfectly soft poached egg, shaved parmesan cheese, cherry tomatoes, and dressed with honey mustard dressing and balsamic vinegar. It tasted good, although it was a relatively small serving, especially for RMB 68.

Our sweet choice was the cacao-flavored dessert crepe (RMB 62), topped with vanilla sugar, almonds, pistachios, and chocolate ice cream. This was simply heavenly and we polished it off in about two minutes including any and all traces of ice cream. The staff is extremely attentive, refilling our water over and over. The free ice water was delicious because it basically had an entire fruit salad in it. Every time she came to refill our water, which was a lot, we marveled at the blueberries, strawberries, and oranges floating around in there. By the end of our lunch we probably had our five suggested pieces of fruit a day.

We reckon skip the savory, and go for the sweet. Just do it, you know you want to. Unless you can’t handle the sweetness, then the savory is also a pretty solid option. Or alternatively just hang out in there and pretend to order so you can sip their fruity ice water.

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