Ice Monster is the original creator of the Mango Shaved Ice, a dessert that has turned into quite a food craze in recent years. Ice Monster started out in a small store front on Yong Kang Jie, a street populated with hole-in-the-wall restaurants and street vendors, popular with tourists. It has since moved into a large, modern space on ZhongXiao East Road.
Depending on what time of the day you go, there could be a queue outside the store. While waiting you can feast your eyes on these cute mini-popsicles.
Once inside, you place your order at the cash register (English menu is available), pay, and then find a seat in the main cafe. They will call out your order when it's ready and you pick it up at the counter.
The portions of these shaved ice are gigantic! I guess that's how they justify the steep price of $180-240 NT ($6-8 USD) per order. One is definitely enough to share between two people. However, the store had a minimum per person $ order requirement, so you can't really get away with sharing one dessert amongst a few people.
It is hard to compare Mango Ice with Traditional Taiwanese Shaved Ice. I think both should be on the must-try list of any culinary tour through Taiwan.
Ice Monster (冰館)
No.297, Sec. 4, Zhongxiao E. Road, Taipei