Background and Taste:
A small post on one of my favourite dessert places in Hong Kong. As mentioned before, Via Tokyo is just a walk away from Cafe R&C, and Waffills (next door). Having been awarded the Best New Restaurant in HK 2014, (even though its a dessert cafe) the Japanese Matcha Cafe has everyone dribbling at their doorstep – Iiterally. Focused on serving Kyoto style Japanese soft creams and desserts using Hokkaido milk, the menu delves into two types of green tea in particular. The ones we would see are:
Matcha: Powdered green tea, (usually manufactured in Uji region) and grown in the shade
Houjicha: Green tea leaves which are roasted, and therefore brown in colour, the roasting process gives this a more nutty flavour.
Hope this clears up what the difference between green tea and matcha is, (I use them interchangeably).
Excuse the photography, these are some old photos. The menu is extensive but to include a few examples (Oanda exchange rate at 03/04/15):
- Soy Bean Powder Shiratama Azuki Soft Cream ($45) £3.90
- Original, matcha, or mixed cone ($28, $30, $32) £2.40, £2.60, £2.80
- Matcha Affagato (recommended) ($45) £3.90
- Houjicha Latte ($37) £3.20
The matcha is rich in flavour, and not too sweet (which is how I like it). I’ve given myself a mini challenge to try the whole menu before the end of this year! With matcha in abundance, there are several recommended favourites such as the matcha affogato (matcha soft serve and a small pitcher of matcha latte) but these can wait until I make my next trip to Hong Kong!
Bits and bobs:
- Come when it has just opened, or mid-afternoon, when it’s not so busy
- Expect a takeout, the seating area is small, maximum 15-20 people
- They are constantly adding things to the menu such as Hong Kong Milk Tea soft serve, and brownies so be on the watch!
Service: Friendly casual staff, 10% service charge