Tonight was the first time I got to try out Big Tom's ice cream. They have several locations across Taipei as well as across Taiwan. I happened to be in Danshui location. Which by the way, has a great view over the water. Originally I thought it was a Taiwanese company, but a quick wiki search brings up that it's an american ice cream company with stores only in Taiwan. Taste-wize, pretty good. Thick and rich, however it had a gummy composition, like stretching bubble gum (or turkish ice cream for those that know it). Pricing was OK, $150NT+. Flavors are unique and plentiful. I had the Obama double chocolate (i think thats the name). Big Tom claims it to be all natural ingredients and it tastes much lighter than their competition Haagen Daz, Cold Stone, Movenpick. However I still prefer a sweeter, more intense and heavier Cold Stone. But I can see this as a good lighter cheaper alternative. The atmosphere is more comfortable and family like with their cow and american decor. According to their website, all they're stores feature free Wifi too, but I haven't had a chance to test that out. Taipei definitely has several ice cream choices and Big Tom sets itself apart form the bigger names with a lighter, friendlier scheme. I'd come back and maybe try out their Kahlua or Blue ginger or Rose ice cream.
BIG TOM ICE CREAM
233-2, Jhongjheng Road, 2 floor
Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
No.505, Sec. 4, Ren-ai Rd.
No.1, Lane 63, Sec. 7, Jhongshan N. Rd.
No.219, Sec. 2, Chang-an E. Rd.
Taipei 101 observatory deck