Matcha Specialist Shop MACCHA HOUSE to Open in Sanneizaka

30.June.2018 | FOOD

MACCHA HOUSE have announced yet another new branch which will open in Sanneizaka (also known as Sannenzaka) on July 5, marking the second branch to open in Kyoto alongside Shijo Kawaramachi.

 

Sanneizaka is a stone paved street that leads to to Kiyomizu-dera, a Buddhist temple and UNESCO appointed World Heritage Site. The new MACCHA HOUSE opening there is in a renovated 80-year-old traditional Japanese building, offering a mix of traditional and modern Kyoto. There are 96 seats in total: 30 on the first floor, 42 on the second, and 24 in the courtyard.

MACCHA HOUSE first opened in Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan with a total of 9 branches across Asia. The first shop to open in Japan was at Shijō Kawaramachi in May 2015. They serve original fine crafted matcha drinks and desserts made using matcha from Morihan, a famous tea company in Uji, Kyoto.

Morihan first established in Ogura, Uji back in 1836. Their matcha desserts have continued to be enjoyed by people ever since.

Their Uji Matcha Tiramisu is so popular it’s even been picked up by several news media. It’s made with carefully selected matcha and mascarpone cheese and has a refreshing taste. It’s also served in a traditional masu box. The fresh scent of the hinoki cypress elevates the flavour and smell of the matcha.

If you’re planning a trip to Kiyomizu-dera, then be sure to get the full Kyoto experience with some delicious matcha.

 

■Information

MACCHA HOUSE Sanneizaka

Address: 3-337 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto Prefecture

Opening Day: July 5, 2018

Opening Hours: 9:00am-8:00pm (Last Orders 7:30pm)

*The opening hours are subject to change depending on the season

No Fixed Holidays.

TEL: 075-532-5630

 

Please read the following precautions before using the shop:

There are no car parks or parking areas of bicycles at the store, so please arrive via public transport. In order to protect the local environment, please take any takeout cups home with you or dispose of them in the appropriate bin.

 

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    Asakusa is one of Japan’s most famous tourist destinations and is packed with tourists from both inside and outside of Japan every single day. Yanagi Chaya will open nearby Sensoji Temple which is a significant sightseeing spot for tourists, hailing as the oldest temple in Tokyo. The café’s ideal location means that those strolling around Asakusa can pop in for drinks and desserts.

     

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    Uji Matcha Tiramisu – ¥600

    Uji Matcha Rice Flour Dumplings – ¥790

     

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    Yanagi Chaya should be put on your list of places to visit in Asakusa. Enjoy yourself some delicious matcha sweets.

     

    ■Information

    Yanagi Chaya

    Address: Hashimoto Bldg. 1F, 1-30-6 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo

    Opening: July 6, 2018

    Opening Hours: 10am-6pm (Last Orders 5pm)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 03-5830-8317

    FAX: 03-5830-8318

    *All prices listed are pre-tax.

     

  • You can get roasted green tea and matcha sweets at a convenience store?! Check out 7- Eleven’s “Wa sweets fair”!

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    As Japan celebrates “Wagashi Day” on Saturday 16th June, 20,385 7-Eleven convenience stores will be holding a sweets fair from 5th June called “Wa Sweets Fair”. (It is currently the end of May 2018)

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    At this fair, there will be a range of six sweets that fuse Japanese ingredients such as black syrup, uji matcha and roasted houjicha green tea with western ideas. Enjoy the slightly fluffy texture of the popular choux pastry series “moko” filled with a fragrant black syrup and roasted soybean flour cream. This is called “Kuromitsu kinako moko”. There is also the melty-centred rice cake “Mochitoro” series where almond jelly-flavoured cream and strawberry sauce are combined to make a new flavour called “Mochi toro ichigo annin” (rice cake with a molten strawberry and almond core).

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    Molten core Uji Matcha Tiramisu

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    rice cake with a molten strawberry and almond core

    Rice cake with a molten strawberry and almond core

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    Price: ¥100(price without tax)

     

    This is a western-style daifuku mochi; a rice cake filled with melt-in-the-mouth almond jelly. This is a fusion of almond jelly, which is popular in western confectionary, and a sweet and sour strawberry sauce. This is encased in lightly sweetened cream and then wrapped by a soft mochi rice cake.

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    Dorayaki pancake filled with soft choco mint cream 

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    Price: ¥150(price without tax)

    Layer by layer, dorayaki pancake batter is fried on a copper plate, creating a springy texture. The cocoa-flavoured dorayaki skin embraces a large filling of fresh flavoured chocolate mint cream.

     

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    ■Information

    Black syrup and roasted soybean flour choux pastry (Kuromitsu kinako moko )

    Release date: Tuesday 5th June (released subsequentially) 

    Chiba prefecture released date: Tuesday 12th June

    Price: ¥130 (¥140 including tax )

    Sold all over Japan (Excluding some areas of Hokkaido, the Kinki region and Tottori prefecture)

     

    Molten core Uji Matcha Tiramisu (Torokeru uji matcha tiramisu)

    Release date: Tuesday 12th June 4, 2018

    Price: ¥230 (¥248 including tax )

    Sold all over Japan

     

    Dorayaki pancake filled with soft choco mint cream (Dora sofuto choco minto )

    Release date: Tuesday 12th June 4, 2018

    Price: ¥150 (¥162 including tax )

    Sold All over Japan (Excluding some areas of Hokkaido, Hokuriku, Kinki, Toukai and Tottori)

     

    Double cream Uji matcha milk pudding (Daburu kuri-mu no uji matcha miruku purin)

    Release date: Tuesday 19th June 4, 2018

    Price: ¥208 (¥224 including tax )

    Available at all regions of Japan (Exluding some areas of Hokkado, Tohoku, Nagano, Yamanashi, Shizuoka, Kinji Tottori)

     

    Fluffy and creamy Warabi Uji matcha and Houji cha tiramisu (Fuwatoro warabi uji matcha and hoji cha)

    Release date: Tuesday 19th June 4, 2018

    Price: ¥110 (¥118 including tax )

    Sold all over Japan except Hokkaido

     

    Melt in the mouth mochi with strawberry and almond jam (Mochi toro ichigo annnin)

    Release date: Tuesday 26th June

    Price: ¥100 (¥108 including tax)

    Sold all over Japan

     

     

  • Sales of New Ujimatcha latte starts at “the AIRSTREAM GARDEN” in Omotesando

    10.April.2018 | FOOD

    “Chushutsusha” which introduces the culture of Japanese tea to the world, has developed a new menu item of the demand center style café, “the AIRSTREAM GARDEN” named “Koini Ochiiru (fall in love) Ujimatcha Latte” released on the 6th of April (Fri.)

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    Hibiki Fujioka (barista) and Yuya Koyama (Japan’s first “charista” – tea barista) developed “Chushutsusha” which is introducing the new café culture of Japan created based on the key word of “extracting technology.” They decided to develop and sell “Ujimatcha Latte” at “the AIRSTREAM GARDEN” created based on the key word of “creating a new community by extracting our passion.”

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    “Ujimatcha Latte” (550 yen – tax included) uses the single-origin matcha tea leaves produced in “Tsujiki,” the tea producing farm family in Ujishi, Kyoto. It is a brand new Japanese tea which has a rich flavor that goes well with the taste of milk.

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    “the AIRSTREAM GARDEN” is also selling many other kinds of drinks and food items. Their original blend of coffee created by a professional roaster will be served in two ways (espresso and hand drip). The café latte created with their special espresso machines is one of the most popular menu items they sell! For those of you who want to enjoy the real taste of coffee we recommend you choose the hand dripped coffee.

     

    The lunch box menu items produced by the catering service, “Mo:take” will be offered on a day-by-day basis. Both main and side dishes can be chosen at your own will and you can eat your food on the wood deck or you can takeout your order.

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    Why not spend a splendid time at “the AIRSTREAM GARDEN” which will sell some very special menu items?

     

    ■Information

    the AIRSTREAM GARDEN

    Address: 13-8, 4th Street, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

    Business hours: 11:00 to 18:00

    TEL:03-6408-9085

    Website:https://airstream-garden.com/

     

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    Ingredients

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    100ml water
    70g sugar
    potato starch
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    sliced chocolate (for Hello Kitty’s face)

     

    1

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    2


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    3

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    7


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    8

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