Japanese Tea Stand Cafe Hachiya Releases New Tangerine Tea

16.November.2018 | FOOD

Hachiya is a tea stand and cafe whose concept aims to reconstruct the culture of Japanese tea for the modern world. The cafe has announced a new tea series that’s made with seasonal fruits and a homemade syrup forged from the delicious juices of the fruits themselves.

 

The first two drinks to hit the tea line are made using wase mikan, a type of orange that grows in October and November. They are available for a limited period from November 15 to January 31 next year.

The syrup used in these drinks is an original blend made by Hachiya themselves. No unnecessary ingredients are used – it’s made simply with high mineral sugar and fresh juice from the orange meaning every sip promises a rich and natural flavour.

Kaneju Specially Selected Sencha x Wase Mikan: Hot/Iced – ¥550 Each (Tax Included) *Small size only

The astringency and sweetness of the sencha green tea along with the hint of sourness in the sweetness of the homemade wase mikan syrup leaves a refreshing taste in your mouth, and the scent of citrus fruits tickle your nose. This drink recreates that classic scene of a Japanese person sat under a warm kotatsu eating oranges.

 

Houjicha x Wase Mikan: Hot/Iced – ¥450 Each (Tax Included) *Small size only

The characteristic fresh taste of houjicha goes exquisitely with the homemade syrup to create a mellow flavour you wouldn’t imagine Japanese tea to have. Compared sencha, houjicha has little caffeine, and because its fragrance has the ability to relax and warm a person up, it’s the perfect beverage for a cold winter’s day.

 

Warm yourself up this winter while you’re in Japan with these new teas!

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  • Japanese tea stand & cafe “Hachiya” now open in Sendagaya, Tokyo

    13.December.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Hi, everyone. I’m Shiota, the director of the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.

     

    I recently visited the Japanese matcha stand and cafe Hachiya which opened in Sendagaya, an area within Shibuya that is lined with many different cafes, each with their own unique touch.

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    The entrance to Hachiya is stylish and breathes a nostalgic Japanese atmosphere. Outside the cafe is a bench made from bamboo and gravel spread across the ground.

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    The logo for the name of the shop is coupled with a family crest symbol, a style very popular right now in Japan. It’s a very polished design.

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    The interior decor is simple with just a counter. The impressive walls are decorated with waves reminiscent of ukiyo-e.

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    The shelved tableware display is lined with pieces collected from different countries by the cafe’s designer.

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    Bonsai trees are experiencing a global boom right now. This bonsai in Hachiya sits subtly and sophisticated.

     

    At Hachiya they don’t just use tea leaves – they also incorporate each and every tool of the highest quality including teapots. I was spoiled for choice with Hachiya’s menu, but I managed to pick 3 items to show today.

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    “Inokura Kiu” (¥450)

     

    This cup of tea was made with tea leaves harvested from “Tea Farm Inokura” in Tsukigase, Nara.

    The tea at Hachiya is single and double brewed. It has amazing flavour right up to the very last drop.

     

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    Japanese tea making is a delicate processes where the temperature of the hot water, steam time and pouring speed can change the flavour entirely.

     

    As the orders come in, the staff at Hachiya prepare each cup one by one with utmost precision. Watching their beautiful finger work while waiting for your tea is a relaxing moment of real bliss.

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    “Houjicha Smoothie” (Small ¥500 / Large ¥600)

     

    They have 3 types of smoothie on the smoothie menu: green tea, houjicha and matcha. I chose the houjicha smoothie this time which is special for its aromatic fragrance.

     

    It uses white bean paste instead of sugar meaning you can enjoy an elegant sweetness together with a faint touch of anko.

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    The lattes and smoothies on the Hachiya menu are both moderately sweet. You can customize the sweetness to your liking with the honey and refined sugar available at the counter.

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    “Kajitsu Tansan Reicha” (¥700)

     

    This drink is a unique combination of tea, carbonated water and fruits.

    Various fruits bob around inside including 2 grapes, lemon and pomegranate. The fruits used in the drink are changed depending on the season.

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    Any bitterness is removed by the fresh lemon, giving it a refreshing taste that you wouldn’t think is tea. At the bottom of the cup is jelly tea. As expected of a tea shop!

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    Besides drinks at Hachiya, other sweet delicacies they sell include anmitsu, soft cream, daifuku and karinto.

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    The 3 goodies I’ve shown you today are available at both the Sendagaya branch of Hachiya that I visited and the Daikanyama branch.

     

    If you’re in Harajuku and need to kick back a little bit, then why not visit the Japanese tea stand and cafe Hachiya in Sendagaya to try one of their original teas?

     

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

     

    ■Information

    Hachiya (Sendagaya branch)

    Address: 4-1-8 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 9:00-19:00

    Closed: Weekends, National Holidays and New Year’s Holiday

    Access: 20-minutes by foot from Harajuku Station / 2-minutes by foot from Kita-sando Station

     

    Hachiya (Daikanyama branch)

    Address: 1-16-9 Ebisunishi, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 9:00-19:00

    Closed: Never (with the exception of New Year’s Holiday)

  • Japanese Tea Brand VAISA Pop-Up Shop to Open at HARE.JP in Harajuku

    25.April.2018 | FASHION / SPOT

    A pop-up store for the tea brand VAISA will open inside popular apparel brand shop HARE centred around Baisao, a Japanese Buddhist monk who travelled around Kyoto selling tea.

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    It will open at the flagship store HARE.JP along Cat Street. VAISA tea products as well as collaborative items between HARE and VAISA will be available from April 27.

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    HARE’s flagship store HARE.JP opened on Harajuku Cat Street in 2016 with interior decor influenced by traditional Japan. The inside of the shop looks like a Japanese tea house. It has elements from traditional Japanese culture such as black pine and bonsai at the entrance. Each of these elements has been put through the HARE filter and given a modern day touch. They have held numerous events in-store.

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    This will be HARE’s second collaboration with VAISA. The first was held last year and was particular popular with tourists from abroad. The event will stock numerous local tea brands, including tea from Ukiha in Fukuoka as well as tea from Shizuoka. Collaborative items include iPhone cases, bags and more.

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    There will also be tea tasting sessions on May 3 & 4. Use this opportunity to get some delicious Japanese tea and some limited edition collaborative merch!

     

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    VAISA POP-UP STORE

    Address: HARE.JP, 5-17-8 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Running: April 27, 2018―May 11, 2018

    Tea Tasting:
    May 3 @ 13:00-16:00
    May 4 @ 13:00-16:00
    *Limited test samples. Each session will end early if all samples have gone.

     

    Event Page:

    http://www.dot-st.com/cp/hare/vaisa2018/

  • Drink Tea Served From a Pump at Japan’s First Draft Tea Shop “CHABAKKA TEA PARKS”

    08.March.2018 | FOOD

    CHABAKKA TEA PARKS is a new tea shop that has invented an innovative new way to serve tea to its customers. It will open from April 2018 in Onarimachi which is just a 1-minute walk from Kamakura Station’s west exit.

     

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    CHABAKKA TEA PARKS is aimed at younger people. Nowadays, the traditional custom of “pouring tea” is on the decline and its value is being reinvented to be something that can be enjoyed easily and stylishly as high quality single varietal tea from a single plantation.

     

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    This shop in Kamakura is serving “draft tea” in Japan for the very first time. That is, just like how beer is served from a beer pump, CHABAKKA TEA PARKS will do the same with tea. This tea entertainment service will also offer monthly flat-rate all-you-can-drink.

     

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    Because the shop is contracted directly to the original tea farmers, they stock a huge range of tea varieties that can only be purchased from their original production areas.

     

     

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    They are also selling key chains which each have a unique serial number inscribed on them.

     

    Experience the new way to pour tea at Japan’s first draft tea shop CHABAKKA TEA PARKS.

     

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    Related Link:

    https://camp-fire.jp/projects/view/56341

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    Piccolo 6oz Flute & Yama no Asatsume

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    This is just a snapshot of the many drinks this course has to offer. If you’re looking to experience Japanese tea in style, then why not try out this course? They even sell sets of glasses and tea so you can take them home with you!

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    Want to tantalize your tongue with more tea? The Hojicha Tea Ceremony set comes with a hojicha daifuku and a drink to complete your parfait experience. 

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    This is the perfect opportunity to explore the wonderful flavours of one of Japan’s most beloved teas. 

  • Try This Mino Traditional Culture and Tea Tasting Experience Hotel Plan in Gifu

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    3rd floor: Lounge

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    In the bathroom, you will spot a few stylish mugs which belong to the brand “3rd-ceramics”.  

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    These bubble tea flavours are limited to XFLAG STORE + HANEDA and were created with the intention of providing a splash of energizing fun to tiresome travels. 

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    *Drinks and liquids are usually permitted on domestic flights in Japan. Please check the specific rules of your flight by referring to the official website of your airline. 

     

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    To take part in the Instagram campaign for the chance to win a ¥10,000 Amazon gift card, be sure to take a photo with your XFLAG STORE + HANEDA bubble tea drink and then post the picture on Instagram with the following three hashtags:

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    Four winners will be selected.

     

    Get your summer holidays off to a soaring start with a beautiful bottle of bubble tea. 

  • Summer is the perfect time to enjoy Japanese peaches, which are particularly juicy and sweet around this time. Peaches go well with red bean paste, cream and a variety of other flavours, which is why you will be seeing a lot of peachy desserts this summer. You just have to try them!

     

    Today, Instagrammer meme, who is a big fan of cute and stylish cafés, will be introducing you to peach parfaits that you absolutely must try in Aichi prefecture.

     

    BLUE STAR CAFE(ブルースターカフェ)/Nagakute

    BLUE STAR CAFE has started selling a peach parfait. The peaches are so sweet and juicy that I was moved to tears. The parfait is made up of fresh cream, vanilla ice cream, peach sherbet and frozen peach. It is simple, delicious and very satisfying. 

     

    ▼BLUE STAR CAFE

    Address: 504 Tsukada, Nagakute, Aichi

    TEL:0561 42 6878

    Official Website: https://bluestar-cafe.com/

     

    Halleloo Garden(ハレルゥ ガーデン)

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    This peach parfait also comes with peach-flavoured black tea with boba. Add this to your parfait and notice the change in flavour as your parfait becomes a milk bubble tea! This was my first experience of popping boba. It was such a fun experience to bite into the boba and feel them explode, flooding my tastebuds with a delicious juicy flavour. Whether Halleloo Garden can serve this parfait seems to be dependent on whether they can receive peaches from their supplier, so I recommend phoning up the café before you turn up to if you want to try this. 

     

    ▼Halleloo Garden

    Address: Kami-222-1 Miyoshicho, Miyoshi, Aichi

    TEL: 0561 56 1080

    Official Website: http://www.halleloo.jp/

     

    merry café(メリーカフェ)Toyoake

    merry café serves a beautiful peach parfait that looks just like a bouquet of flowers.

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    ▼merry café

    Address: 7-18 Komochimatsu Shindencho, Toyoake,

    TEL:0562-91-3230

    Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 15:00, 17:30 ー 22:00

    Official Facebook Page: https://ja-jp.facebook.com/merrycafe1218/

     

     

    All these pink peach treats look so beautiful. This peachy season is the perfect time to wrap yourself in the wonderful fragrance of sweet peach. Please check out meme‘s Instagram which is full of information on cute cafés you can visit for delicious desserts. 

     

    Author/ Photographer: meme

     

  • Experience a Tea Latte Made With The First Pick of the Season at CHAVATY

    15.June.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Using only the finest tea leaves, CHAVATY makes high quality tea lattes. Using Saemidori tea leaves that can only be enjoyed during one season of the year, they created two new drinks: BOTTLE GREENTEA STRAIGHT and SHINING CITRUS WIND, which has refreshing citrus flavour. Both these new drink flavours will be released on June 13, 2019.

    BOTTLE GREENTEA STRAIGHT ¥580 (before tax)

    The first tea pick of the season is said to give the most fresh and delicious flavour. The first Saemidori tea leaves grow fastest in Tanegashima, however Yakushima follows in second place. This is where CHAVATY picks their tea leaves for the BOTTLE GREENTEA STRAIGHT. The young, fresh Saemidori tea leaves are cold brewed in order to extract the full flavour of the tea. The Saemidori is blended with Yabukita, which makes up more than 70 percent of the country’s tea, and Asatsuyu, which is known as a naturally high quality tea.

     

    Saemidori tea has a beautiful colour and a rich flavour. Its delicious sweetness spreads gently through your entire mouth. The tea leaf sprouts are full of the nutrition which was stored up over the winter. It is even said that drinking tea made with young and fresh Saemidori tea leaves picked at the start of the season will keep you healthy for the entire year.

    SHINING CITRUS WIND ¥680 (before tax)

    Like the way the radiant sun sparkles, the SHINING CITRUS WIND consists of aromatic yellow German chamomile which is infused with plenty of rejuvenating ingredients such as orange, citrus peels, and refreshing lemongrass. Along with the rich aroma and of dried fruit, this luxurious tea is bound to get your mouth watering for tea time.

     

    These elegant, delicious and fresh teas are perfect to get your mouth watering for the start of spring.

  • Office Lady Higashi’s Nonchalant Shibuya Diary #1: “Monmouth Tea” – Sendagaya

    07.May.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Dear You,

     

    Hello, and nice to meet you all. My name is Miyu Higashi.

    I’m an ordinary office lady (23-years-old) and I work at a certain company in the city.

    I love Shinjuku, my home town, beyond all else.

    It’s a town that births Tokyo culture, where you encounter many people, where you repeatedly see people off, where all kinds of stories are written.

    To say the least, it’s the greatest place.

    What kind of people come here, and what sort of things are they thinking about?

    I decided to start this featured article series in hopes it serves as an opportunity to find out, if even a little.

    I hope that you―you are who are kindly taking the time to read this article―pays a visit to that person you’d like to visit the most.

     

    Regards.

     

     

    With all that out the way, here it is―the first article in the series! Yippee!!

    This first one is set smack bang in the middle of Shinjuku and Harajuku.

    (Which is, by the way, in Shinjuku Ward. Higashi’s. Favourite. Place.)

     

    It seems this store has been around for over 10 years and is greatly loved by the locals…

    It’s a shop of deliiicious products, where a Ganko Oyaji is said to work!

     

    Ganko Oyaji…? (…”Stubborn Old Man”)

     

    Huh? So what exactly is delicious about that???

     

    I’d best find out, time to go and meet him!!

    Ta-da!

    We’re off to Sendagaya!

    Come to think of it, this place also became famous because of the film Your Name.

    “Right, I wonder where we’re off to today then! Right?”

    All jokes aside, I know where we’re going. It’s about a five-minute walk from Sendagaya Station.

    Ah… there it is!!

    Ta-da!

    The place with the stubborn old man who sells sweet products is Monmouth Tea.

    (Not Mammoth, Monmouth!)

     

    I want to meet him already, but first thing’s first.

    Since I’ve come all this way let’s get one of the shop’s famous “Monmouth Teas” and have a chat.

    Looks tasty! Milk is being poured into the cup.

    Here’s the famous Monmouth Tea.

    The balance of the amazing aroma of the tea and milk make for a perfect match.

    It’s sweet and delicious that you have to take a breather after taking a sip.

    I can’t get enough of the rich taste of the tea and milk.

    Too good♥

     

    This takes away my routine fatigue in one fell swoop… I’d like to dedicate this sweetness to all the office ladies around the country.

     

    Just as I’m thinking this…

    “It’s tasty, right?”

    A voice addresses me all of a sudden.

    There he is… there he is!!!

    Are you, perhaps, the stubborn old man of delicious products!?

    I wanted to meet you!!

     

    Please tell me your story―in detail!

     

    “I suppose I’ve got no choice,” the kind owner says to me, and lets me in on it.

     

     

    Higashi: “Why did you open this shop?”

     

    Owner: “I originally set out to be a rock ‘n’ roller in my hometown. I moved to Tokyo with a guitar and worked hard to make my dream come true, but in the end it didn’t work out. After that I worked as a salary man at a firm, but I quit ten years ago and took a fling to open this shop.”

     

    Higashi: “I see… but why a tea shop owner?”

     

    Owner: “A while back I was obliged to the owner of tea shop in Shibuya. He took me on as an apprentice at that shop and taught me about tea. That’s what made me decide to open this shop.”

     

    Higashi: “What a wonderful relationship. Your dream changed from wanting to become a rock ‘n’ roller, but now you’re pushing forward with a new dream and goal.”

     

    Owner: “Well… the truth is I play music while working this shop. I make music with an acquaintance of mine. They’re actually in a record company. I even released a CD some time ago. If you’d like, you sure give it a listen.”

    He looked happy as he told me his story and gave me a copy of his CD.

    He’s actually an active musician and performs live periodically.

    Higashi: “Wow! I’ll give it a listen!! So right now your dreams and the road you are taking are different from the past, but in coming to work as a tea shop owner, your former dream to become a rock ‘n’ roller has come true. If somebody admired you and waned to open a shop like you, what would you say to them?”

     

    Owner: “I’d tell them to forget about it [laughs]. People who imitate what others do will only ever be imitators. I thought that back when I climbed Mount Fuji. I thought that no matter how much I climbed I’d never reach the top. That at this rate, I’ll never arrive. But step by step I walked, and I got there. In other words, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. If you properly take it one step at a time each day your dream will come true some day.”

     

    The owner spoke looked at me intently as he spoke.

    When I looked at him, I felt that the flavour and sweetness of my tea came to fruition out of his many life experiences.

     

    I’ve actually been coming to this shop since elementary school.

     

    Whenever I ran out of energy.

    Whenever I felt down.

    Whenever I was plugging away.

    Whenever I wanted a little more power.

    It’s strange, but when I see the stubborn owner of sweet products and Monmouth Tea, I feel like I want to work hard tomorrow too.

     

    You should visit next weekend too!

    Peace! ✌

    See you next time, owner!

     

    ~Today’s doodle~

    The owner looks good in his hat with cherries on them and his apron which says oyaji (“old man”) on it.

    I made them red like the Monmouth Tea, but the wonderful owner, who looks good in red, had bought friendly pink.

     

    Model/Writer: Miyu Higashi

  • High Quality Tea Latte Shop CHAVATY Pours New Drinks

    26.April.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    If you’re in Harajuku this spring then you’ll want to head on over to CHAVATY, a shop that sells tea lattes made using high quality tea leaves. The shop just released its two new “SNOW SHAKE” and “&TEA LATTE” beverages on April 26.

    SNOW SHAKE: ¥780 (Before Tax) – Uva, Houjicha, Matcha

    First up on the menu is the SNOW SHAKE which comes with three tea options: uva, houjicha and matcha. Once you have picked your tea of choice it is made into a delicious shake, nice and cool for the spring weather. It’s finished with a sprinkling of white chocolate for that refreshing finish. The drink maintains the original flavour of the tea leaves with added sweetness when shaken.

    &TEA LATTE: ¥780 (Before Tax) – Uva, Houjicha, Matcha

    The &TEA LATTE also comes in one of the three teas. This beverage is half tea ice cream (accompanied with a rice flour dumpling) and half tea latte. This means you get to enjoy CHAVATY’s two most popular menu items at the same time. The tea and ice cream also come as a flavour set, so if you pick uva tea your ice cream will be uva flavoured too.

     

    Cool yourself off this spring with one of CHAVATY’s heavenly new drinks.

  • Hand drip tea speciality shop Tokyo Saryo reopens Ochazuke stand for limited time only!

    26.April.2019 | FOOD

    Tokyo Saryo was the world’s first ever hand drip tea specialist shop. This year, they’re celebrating the first tea of the season with the reopening of Ochazuke stand Tokyo Saryo. The Ochazuke stand was a big hit last year, and this year it will be open for a three month period from Wednesday 24th April to Wednesday 31st July.

     

    Ochazuke is a Japanese dish that every Japanese person must have had at least once in their life. For many, it is a normal option for a light breakfast that you can make at home. It’s just green tea poured over cooked rice. Simple! However, in recent years, replacing the green tea with dashi stock has become the most popular form of this breakfast. The Ochazuke stand hopes to encourage people to use green tea for their ochazuke in their daily lives more often by creating an original ochazuke dish which really carries the flavour of green tea. The recipe has been specially made to fit in with modern daily lifestyle.

    This ochazuke is sprinkled with lots of green tea so you can really enjoy “eating” tea! Soft sprouting tea leaves that resemble the appearance of nori seaweed are collected and ground into a powder called tencha. This tea remains in its unground form of matcha. Pour water over the original green tea powder and the fragrance of the tea will be released!

    Teahouse original ochazuke: Eel ¥500 Teahouse original ochazuke: Salmon ¥500
    Teahouse original ochazuke: Scallop ¥500  Teahouse original ochazuke: Plum ¥500 (*tax included in prices stated)

     You can also add olive oil to your dish afterwards for just ¥50.

     

    Order Tokyo Saryo’s hand drip tea on top of your order (+¥150) and you will be presented with the first tea of the season that uses tea leaves freshly collected from Kagoshima. The leaves were collected on 7th April 2019 and a special recipe is used to make this tea.

    It’s not just tea they serve here! As an important base flavour, the stand also serves up dashi. This is made by combining bonito fish flakes and kombu kelp sourced from Makurazaki to produce a high quality and delicious flavour.

    You can also choose to add a topping of Nicomaru Genmai which is made from brown rice. This is very popular among adults as it adds a luxurious fragrance to your meal.

    You can eat in or take out for the same price. Every day, sales will end when they run out of rice, so get there as fast as you can!

  • Matcha Beer Garden to be Held This Summer at Restaurant 1899 Ochanomizu

    25.April.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Tokyo tea restaurant Restaurant 1899 Ochanomizu is set to open its Matcha Beer Garden this summer from June 1 to September 30.

    For the five time ever in its 5-year run, Matcha Beer Garden will sell a “Matcha Highball.” This drink is a mix of bitter Uji matcha and full-bodied whisky. It has a unique deep green colour and is surprisingly refreshing and easy to drink. Your mouth is gently filled with the taste of matcha with one sip of this special Japanese-style highball.

    The restaurant recommends having the beverage with the “Chiken Karaage & Matcha Mayonnaise.” There is no other place you can enjoy such a combination: a matcha highball and chicken karaage in one.

    The beer garden’s most popular item is the “Matcha Beer.” By adding matcha to the beer, the restaurant has created a healthy beer cocktail that has a distinct smooth texture and bitter flavour. The deep green colour also makes it photo-worthy!

     

    There are six “Tea Beers” you can enjoy with the all-you-can-drink service, and the Matcha Beer counts as one of them. The “Houjicha Black Beer” is for the real grown-ups, a black beer with a full-bodied flavour and smell. The “Wakoucha Beer” is made with domestic black tea and as such maintains its natural sweetness and gorgeous fragrance. Others include the “Black Matcha Beer,” “Black Wakoucha Beer” and the “Non-Alcoholic Matcha Beer.” Each and every one of these tea beers is poured with care and consideration by the restaurant’s tea experts.

     

    Together with the tea beers there are a total of 11 beers to kick back and enjoy with the all-you-can-drink service which includes the restaurant’s standard beer, black beer, half & half, non-alcoholic beer, and bottled beer. There is also “Matcha Wine,” an original blend of white wine and matcha. It’s an easier drink to pick for most meals with its perfect match of crisp white wine and slightly bitter matcha.

    There are twelve dishes to choose from, including two new ones, that best go with this line-up of tea alcohol. The centrepiece new dish is the “Oomugi Gyu Sencha Roast Beef.” The beef is topped with sencha tea leaves and roasted carefully on a low heat. The effect of the tea gives the meat an even softer quality as well as a faint tea flavour. The new “Fish Carpaccio” comes with white fish drizzled in sencha-infused oil.

     

    Returning dishes include “Tea Sausages,” “Matcha & Houjicha French Fries,” “Matcha Potato Salad,” “Matcha Mayo Karaage” and more.

    To finish off your meal, choose from one of the restaurant’s delicious tea desserts such as the “Matcha Cake” made with sake and matcha, the “Houjicha Cake” which combines brandy, wine and houjicha, or the restaurant’s homemade purin with which you can pick from 3 different sauces: matcha, koucha or houjicha.

     

    If you’re a tea-lover then you won’t want to miss out on this beer garden!

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