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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