When I heard the two words ‘matcha desserts’ I jumped for joy – we really need good matcha desserts in Adelaide. Walking in you get a choice of taking off your shoes and sitting on cushions on the floor in the ‘traditional’ section. You don’t have to sit in seiza (proper Japanese sitting) as there is a hole to dangle your legs in – no cramp legs yay! The other option was to sit at tables and chairs but I recommend to go for the traditional option, much more interesting :P
Bamboo walls, tranquil anime-like music playing and sipping green tea – life doesn’t get more calming than this. We chose the Fukamashi Matcha Kukicha which was green tea blended from Uji matcha. Uji matcha is one of the best quality matcha in all of Japan and it was the place that converted me into a matcha lover (you can read my food reviews of my trip to Uji at Taiho-An for a matcha review and Nakamura Tokichi for matcha desserts). You could smell and taste the matcha in the tea but there was a sweet lingering tone instead of a bitter aftertaste. Something different for us matcha lovers but there is an extra icing on top – you can get refills to your pot of tea at no extra cost <3
Fukamashi Matcha Kukicha (Green Tea Blended with Uji Matcha) (~$7)
I love me a good matcha softserve – soft, creamy icecream with a slight, bittersweet matcha to bring it all together. The matcha wasn’t as strong as I would have liked but still tasted awesome for Adelaide. Topped with a juicy strawberry, slices of apple, dollop of redbean and chewy mocha it gave some freshness to the sundae. Hah how Japanese can this softserve get with crunchy cornflakes layered on the bottom to give some crunch and texture? Don’t knock it till you try it – cornflakes and icecream work dammit ;)
Matcha Sundae Galore ($7.95)
Man this was indeed a matcha waffle and cooked to how I like – crispy on the outside but still warm and fluffy on the inside. Even the inside of the waffle was green from the matcha but I found the waffle by itself was bland. Eaten with the scoops of sweet redbean, creamy matcha and normal vanilla icecream (that was some good vanilla icecream) it wasn’t too bad. Out of the 3 the matcha icecream was surprisingly my least favourite as it was very very creamy without that hit of bittersweet matcha.
Matcha Waffles ($8.95)
My second visit was the complete opposite experience – we ended up walking out because it got so ridiculous. There was little to no service and we had to flag someone down twice just to get a menu. After a 1 hour wait with nothing coming out (not even the pots of tea – it’s just hot water) we walked out. I know these guys have only been opened for a few weeks so I would give them a few months to iron out the kinks. My advice would be not to come during a Friday or Saturday night to avoid the crowds. Please note that this review is based on my first visit – believe me, you don’t want to see the scores for my second visit.