【Tokyo Cafe】Nanaya in Aoyama has the World’s Most Intense Matcha Flavoured Ice Cream
In today’s installment of Tokyo Café, we head to Nanaya in Aoyama, a popular café that sells sweet and refreshing matcha gelato, perfect for the summertime.
Marushichi Seicha is a tea producer that estalished in 1988 in Shizuoka, Japan’s number one tea-growing district. They were the first in Japan to sell freeze dried matcha, which has since come to prove very popular and enjoyed throughout homes in Japan due to its ease of preparation. Marushichi Seicha set out to open “Nanaya” to take advantage of the flavour of matcha, something loved by people of all ages in Japan.
The shop’s special menu features a list of gelato, or ice cream, using this same delactable matcha. It offers seven varying levels of matcha intensity – level 1 begins with a more moderately sweeter flavour, but as you progress up the scale to level 7 the flavour of the matcha becomes richer and deeper. The menu also includes a range gelato using other teas too, such as houjicha (roasted green tea) and genmaicha (brown rice green tea).
The most popular item on the menu is the no. 7 level matcha gelato (￥560, tax incl.), which claims to be the most matcha-intense ice cream in the world. It uses matcha that received an award from the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. There’s a reason it has become so renowned, with its deeply rich and bitter matcha flavour inside which lies the right hint of refreshing sweetness.
As well as matcha flavours, Nanaya serves up other gelato too, such as the Genmaicha Gelato (pictured above on left / ￥370), a fragrant brown rice green tea that is popular among guys that visit the shop. You can customize your ice cream cups too and get double scoops (pictured above on right / ￥470) and even triple scoops (￥500), meaning you can order a variety of different flavours to try at once.
If you you’re thinking of ordering another gelato flavour to go with matcha, then you should try getting it with houjicha, which has a subtle fragrance of tea in its sweetness!
Glorious New Matcha Desserts to Arrive at Patisserie SATSUKI in Tokyo, Osaka, & Makuhari
08.April.2020 | FOOD
Three branches of Hotel New Otani’s Patisserie SATSUKI in Tokyo, Makuhari and Osaka are releasing two new matcha desserts made from Kyoto’s famous Uji matcha on May 7.
New Edo Matcha Shortcake: Melt-in-the-mouth moments guaranteed
New Edo Matcha Shortcake – ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
This tempting matcha shortcake has vivid and breathtaking cross-sectioned layers of ingredients. One sponge is made from a special kind of egg from chickens raised on a diet of organic genmai rice, and the other sponge is made using matcha and refined Japanese sugar. Squished between the sponge is smooth and mouth-melting almond milk cream and subtly sweet soy milk white ganache, as well as the centrepiece of it all: rich Uji matcha custard cream. It’s also stuffed with brown sugar red bean paste sprinkled with salt from Aogashima, brown sugar jelly, and chewy rice flour dumplings, creating a mix of complex and subtle flavours. A refreshing touch is added by the lychee, and everything’s topped off with a luxurious matcha macaron.
New Edo Matcha Roll: A multitude of flavours
New Edo Matcha Roll – ¥1,000 (Before Tax) *Available at Tokyo and Makuhari branches only
This pure white roll is also made with the special eggs from the genmai rice-raised chickens. It’s filled with rich Uji matcha cream, matcha arrowroot from longstanding Japanese shop Funabashiya which has been around 1805, refreshing agar-agar, brown sugar red bean paste sprinkled with salt from Aogashima, soy milk white ganache, chewy rice flour dumplings, and fresh lychees. New flavours await at every bite of this incredible delight which fuses Japanese and Western flavours.
New Edo Matcha Shortcake / New Edo Matcha Roll
Released: May 7, 2020
Hotel New Otani Tokyo
Address: Patisserie SATSUKI, The Main Lobby Floor, 4-1 Kioichō, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Telephone Reservations: 03-3221-7252 (11:00-21:00)
Official Website: https://www.newotani.co.jp/en/tokyo/
Hotel New Otani Makuhari
Address: Patisserie SATSUKI, Lobby Floor, 2-120-3 Hibino, Mihama, Chiba, Chiba Prefecture
Telephone Reservations: 043-299-1639 (10:00-21:00)
Official Website: https://www.newotani.co.jp/en/makuhari/
Hotel New Otani Osaka
Address: Patisserie SATSUKI, Lobby Floor, 1-4-1 Shiromi, Chuo, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
Telephone Reservations: 06-6949-3298 (10:00-20:00)
Official Website: https://www.newotani.co.jp/en/osaka/
Mister Donut Japan to Launch New Matcha Doughnut Series
07.April.2020 | FOOD
Mister Donut Japan is set to release a new limited line of matcha doughnuts in collaboration with Gion Tsujiri and Toshi Yoroizuka at all branches in Japan from April 10, 2020.
Following the success of Mister Donut’s previous collaborations with the two companies, named “misdo meets Gion Tsujiri” and “misdo meets Toshi Yoroizuka” respectively, this new collaboration sees all three companies come together for the first time to co-develop the matcha doughnuts. The triple team’s matcha creations are the fitting way to celebrate Mister Donut’s 50th anniversary as Gion Tsujiri brings the best Uji matcha from Kyoto and Uji-born pastry chef Toshihiko Yoroizuka brings his skill set.
Pon de Ring Uji Matcha Chocolate Almond
The classic chewy Pon de Ring laced with Uji matcha and coated in chocolate. It’s finished with a sprinkling of Uji matcha powder and crunchy almonds.
Pon de Ring Uji Matcha Milk Crunch
The matcha-ness is turned up with this Pon de Ring, which is not only mixed with Uji matcha, but coated with Uji matcha chocolate. It’s served with a snowfall of milk crunch pieces., highlighting the velvety texture of the doughnut while adding crunch.
Pon de Ring Uji Matcha & Chocolate Cream
This doughnut is made into a sandwich, with Uji matcha whipped cream and chocolate cream. The Uji matcha chocolate adds a richness to the overall flavour.
Pon de Ring Uji Matcha Doughnuts
Running: April 10, 2020 – Early June 2020
Available: At most Mister Donut branches in Japan
Tiramisu Chocolate Whip
The dough of these tiramisu doughnuts are combined with cocoa. This one is filled with chocolate whipped cream, a tiramisu, and milk crunch pieces for an amalgamation of tasty flavours and textures.
Tiramisu Uji Matcha Whip
The chocolate whipped cream of the previous doughnut is replaced with Uji matcha whipped cream for this luxurious delight. The cream is also embedded with almonds.
Uji Matcha Chocolate Pie
The name speaks for itself: a lovely layered pie of Uji matcha chocolate and chocolate cream.
Tiramisu Doughnuts & Chocolate Pie
Running: April 10, 2020 – Early May 2020
Available: At most Mister Donut branches in Japan
McDonald’s Japan Reveals New Matcha Lattes & Frappes Releasing at McCafé by Barista
06.April.2020 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan is releasing four matcha drinks at McCafé by Barista cafes in Japan from April 8: the “Strawberry Rice Flour Dumpling Matcha Frappe,” “Matcha Latte Frappe,” “Iced Matcha Latte,” and “Matcha Latte.”
The Strawberry Rice Flour Dumpling Matcha Frappe is a new drink by McDonald’s which combines the bitter flavour of matcha powder with sweet-tasting strawberries. It’s topped with a creamy strawberry whipped cream and mixed with tasty milk to create a matcha frappe. It’s also topped with almonds, sliced strawberries, and shiratama, which are Japanese rice flour dumplings. It’s an explosion of flavours that bring together the refreshing taste of the strawberries with the full bodied flavour of the matcha.
The base of the cool Matcha Latte Frappe beverage is matcha powder made using famous Uji matcha from Kyoto and milk which brings sweetness and richness to the drink. It’s finished with whipped cream and a generous sprinkling of matcha powder. The contrast between the white whipped cream and deep green matcha powder makes for a delicious frappe with a Japanese taste.
The Iced Matcha Latte and Matcha Latte too are made with Uji matcha powder and are made with cold milk and hot foamed milk respectively. The milk brings out the richness of the drinks, while the whipped cream with the iced beverage makes for a perfect match with the matcha.
Strawberry Rice Flour Dumpling Matcha Frappe
Matcha Latte Frappe
Iced Matcha Latte
Release Date: April 8, 2020
Available: McCafé by Barista branches in Japan
McDonald’s Japan Official Website: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
Japan’s 7-Eleven Stores Now Stocking Matcha Desserts by Uji Tea and Sweets Artisans Itohkyuemon
22.March.2020 | FOOD
Itohkyuemon, a shop founded in 1832 which specialises in Uji tea and sweets, began rolling out four Uji matcha desserts at 7-Eleven convenience stores across Japan on March 17 as part of their “Uji Matcha Sweets Fair.”
The tasty line-up includes “Uji Matcha Cream Puffs,” “Uji Matcha & Sakura Japanese Parfait,” “Sticky Uji Matcha Pudding,” and “Matcha Honey-Stuffed Uji Matcha Warabimochi.” Itohkyuemon has developed over 100 Uji matcha desserts, during which it has come up with a blend of matcha it specifically uses for its desserts which is not only rich in flavour but creates a harmonious flavour together with the particular dessert. This blend is used in all four of these convenience store desserts.
The Uji Matcha Sweets Fair is led by Takahito Yoshimoto, the head chef of Itohkyuemon’s Uji confectionery workshop.
Head to the closest 7-Eleven to you in Japan for a chance to taste some authentic matcha treats.
Uji Matcha Sweets Fair
①Uji Matcha Cream Puffs – ¥138 (Before Tax) / Uji Matcha & Sakura Japanese Parfait – ¥308 (Before Tax)
Release Date: Rolling out at most 7-Eleven convenience stores in Japan (except Okinawa) from March 17, 2020
②Sticky Uji Matcha Pudding – ¥230 (Before Tax) / Matcha Honey-Stuffed Uji Matcha Warabimochi – ¥168 (Before Tax)
Release Date: Rolling out at most 7-Eleven convenience stores in Japan (except Okinawa) from March 24, 2020
Official Website: https://www.sej.co.jp/products/sweets/matcha2003.html
Gluten-Free Vietnamese Bánh Mi Baguettes Sold at the New Bánh mi Tokyo
20.March.2020 | FOOD
In Vietnamese cuisine, a Bánh mi is a baguette stuffed with various ingredients and served as a sandwich. It’s a popular meal in Vietnam, and in recent years has seen an appearance in Japan.
Bánh mi Tokyo opened in Gaiemmae, Tokyo on March 16, 2020. They serve bánh mi with a Japanese taste, and their bread is made from 100% rice flour with no artificial flavourings or purified sugar.
Bánh mi are generally made with lard or margarine, but at Bánh mi Tokyo, they are made with with ingredients with good-quality oil content like rice koji sweet sake and nuts, which give them a richness and creaminess and remove things like trans-fats that are a burden on the body. This also greatly cuts calories and other fats too.
Mackerel Curry Bánh Mi
All bánh mi overflow with original flavours, from the chicken-filled “Standard Bánh Mi” to the “Mackerel Curry Bánh Mi” which is made with curry flavoured grilled mackerel, “Five Spice Char Siu Bánh Mi” stuffed with juicy pork belly, and more.
Bánh mi Tokyo also serves high-quality original coffees which are a must-try together with your bánh mi
Bánh mi Tokyo
Address: 1F, 3-1-25 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
[Weekdays] Morning 8:30-9:30 / Lunch 11:00-15:00 (Last Orders 14:30) / Cafe 15:00-17:30 (Last Orders 17:00)
[Weekends & Holidays] Lunch 11:00-15:00 (Last Orders 14:30) / Cafe 15:00-18:30 (Last Orders 18:00)
*Please note that opening hours are subject to change as a result of the coronavirus. Check the cafe’s official website for the latest information.
Official Website: https://banhmi-tokyo.com/
Tea & Chocolate Brownie Released by Dandelion Chocolate and IYEMON SALON ATELIER
18.March.2020 | FOOD
Dandelion Chocolate and IYEMON SALON ATELIER have joined sticky fingers to bake up their new “Tea & Cocoa Brownie” which is now being served at IYEMON SALON ATELIER KYOTO and Dandelion Chocolate Kyoto Higashiyama Ichinenzaka.
This collaboration came about to celebrate 1 year since IYEMON SALON ATELIER KYOTO opened. The chocolates fuse IYEMON SALON’s tea with Dandelion Chocolate’s organic, single origin bean to bar chocolate.
Tea & Cocoa Brownie (Uji Matcha/Houjicha) – ¥1,800 (Before Tax) *Contains 2 of each flavour
The two different flavoured brownies, Uji matcha and houjicha, are filled with a ganache made from Japanese tea and carefully selected chocolate from the Dominican Republic. The chocolate has a strong, rich flavour like that of coffee and cherries, but is still easy to get without it tasting overwhelming. The brownies are also vegan-friendly and gluten-free, containing no eggs, dairy products, wheat, or white sugar. They are the perfect accompaniment to both tea and a mild-tasting sake.
The vegan lifestyle is slowly gaining recognition in Japan, so don’t miss this chance to treat yourself to some melt-in-the-mouth vegan delights.
©Dandelion Chocolate Japan
IYEMON SALON ATELIER KYOTO
Address: 481-1 Kiyoichō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 8:00-23:00 (Course Last Orders 21:00 / Grand Menu & Drinks Last Orders 22:00)
Official Website: https://www.cafecompany.co.jp/brands/iyemonsalon/atelier-kyoto/
Dandelion Chocolate Kyoto Higashiyama Ichinenzaka
Address: 363-6 Masuyachō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00 (Last Orders 18:30)
Official Website: https://dandelionchocolate.jp/pages/shop-kyoto
Matcha Bubble Tea and Japanese-Style Milano Sandwich to be Released at Doutor Coffee Shop
08.March.2020 | FOOD
Doutor Coffee Shop is getting with the Japanese spring vibes with the unveiling of its new Uji Matcha Milk Bubble Tea and Milano C Smoked Chicken & Soft Boiled Egg which will hit branches of the cafe up and down Japan on March 19, 2020.
Tapioca ~Uji Matcha Milk~ / From ¥417 (Before Tax)〜
This tasty bubble tea is made with slightly bitter Uji matcha and subtly sweet milk and is finished with a serving of chewy tapioca pearls.
Milano C Smoked Chicken & Soft Boiled Egg ~Miso Ginger Sauce~ / From ¥382 (Before Tax)〜
This Japanese-style Milano sandwich is made with chicken that has been smoked with cherry blossom chips, a soft-boiled egg, and red onions. It’s drizzled with a miso ginger sauce which gives a sweet and spicy flavour to the sandwich.
Spring is right around the corner in Japan, so be sure to enjoy all the seasonal goodies that are to come!
Tapioca ~Uji Matcha Milk~
Milano C Smoked Chicken & Soft Boiled Egg ~Miso Ginger Sauce~
Release Date: March 19, 2020
Official Website: https://www.doutor.co.jp/
Japanese Uji Matcha Sheet Masks to be Released by Zeitakubihadado
08.March.2020 | FASHION
Japanese makeup brand Zeitakubihadado™ Matcha de Bihada has announced the release of its new “Matcha de Bihada Premium Sheet Mask” product which will receive pre-sales at select Tokyu Hands and LOFT stores around Japan on March 12, 2020 before its general release.
100% Organic and High Quality Matcha Tea Leaves
Zeitakubihadado™ is very particular when it comes to its products being safe and secure to useーas well as the products being made in Japan. The cosmetic brand has delved deep into its research into what really is good makeup for women. Matcha, which is used in the company’s productsーincluding the new sheet masksーis packed full nutritional elements, including vitamins, minerals, theanine, and catechin, to name a few. It is also an antioxidant, a disinfectant, and is said to provide a relaxing effect. The matcha used in the Matcha de Bihado products is Uji matcha from Kyoto, a type which has garnered attention overseas too, all of which is 100% organic and harvested under strict management. The matcha powder, matcha extract, and hyaluronic acid help to leave the skin smooth and moisturised.
Bacterial Care With 5 Fermented Ingredients
Japanese beauty care has long since been deeply associated with “fermentation.” The Premium Sheet Masks harness the power of this fermentation method with a blend of five ingredients: rice ferment filtrate, soy milk ferment filtrate, collagen ferment filtrate, yogurt filtrate, and fruit juice ferment filtrate . Such fermented ingredients are said to promote the balance of indigenous bacterium in the skin, ensuring the skin stays healthy, smooth, and beautiful.
Opulent Essence & Super Thick Sheets
The essence has a thick texture, and the sheets themselves are extremely thick too which holds the essence together. Because the sheets do not easily drip or turn inside out, and because they fit firmly onto the fate, they are perfect for busy multitaskers out there.
Wash Away Face Pack & Premium Sheet Mask Combination
Those looking to really take care of the skin can get a combination of two Matcha de Bihada items: the Beautiful Face Pack, which keeps your skin clean, and the Premium Sheet Mask, which balances it. Using both will ensure your skin is left soft, moist, and restored. The cosmetic line aims to be one that people will want to continue to use, from early ageing in your 20s to later adulthood.
The sheet mask is easy to use: simply even out the entire sheet while it’s still in the pack with both your hands to that it is uniform all over. Remove from the pack, and turn up the outside from the eye part. Layer onto your face, making sure it’s correctly lined up with your eyes and mouth. Leave for 5 minutes and then remove. Rub in the essence left on your face. It’s recommended that you do this 1-2 times a week.
Try the new Matcha de Bihada sheet masks yourself and see the real benefits of Uji matcha.
Matcha de Bihada Premium Sheet Mask
Pre-Sale: March 12, 2020 at most Tokyo Hands and LOFT branches in Japan
Early Sale: March 19, 2020 at Mind Wave Online Store
General Sale: April 23, 2020 at general stores, variety shops and elsewhere across Japan
Official Website: https://www.zeitakubihadado.jp
Matcha Sweets & Mini Tea Ceremony Experience Coming to The Strings Omotesando in Tokyo
04.March.2020 | FOOD
Cafe & Dining ZelkovA is set to offer a new “Japanese Tea Set” service from March 3 to July 2 this year which gives customers a mini tea ceremony experience where they can enjoy a cup of matcha and tuck into some matcha sweets.
Japanese Tea Set – ¥2,600 (Tax Included) *Plus separate 12% service charge
This tea set comes with genuine a nanbu tekki cast iron kettle for pouring hot water and a chasen tea whisk for mixing the matcha powder. Authentic Uji matcha from Kyoto is used which has a wonderfully rich fragrance that reminds you just how good matcha really is.
The tea set also comes with an Uji matcha tiramisu and a rice flour dumpling anmitsu which comes with an assortment of fruits like the setoka citrus and melon, Tokachi adzuki beans, and brown sugar syrup from Okinawa.
Sit either on the sunny terrace or inside with the cafe’s high-end interior design and enjoy yourself luxuriously with a cup of matcha and some Japanese matcha treats.
Cafe & Dining ZelkovA
Address: The Strings Omotesando (Floor 1F), 3-6-8 Kitaaoyama, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Serving: March 3, 2020 – July 2, 2020
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 11:30-22:00 / [Weekends & Holidays] 11:00-22:00
Japanese Tea Crepe Cafe OCHABA Opens Second Branch in Asakusa
OCHABA opened its first branch in Shinjuku in March last year as the first cafe in Japan specialising in Japanese milk tea. The cafe has announced that it will open its second branch in Asakusa on February 22, 2020. The new cafe will introduce a new item to the menu: crepes. The chewy wraps are made with matcha and Japanese tea and filled with mascarpone and fresh cream.
Plain Tiramisu – ¥600
Kogashi Houjicha Puree – ¥650
Strawberry Daifuku – ¥730
The cafe will also serve OCHABA’s famous Japanese milk tea topped up with warabimochi, made using carefully-selected tea leaves from Maruzen Tea, a Shizuoka-based tea company with a history spanning more than 70 years.
If you love Japanese tea, you’ll love OCHABA’s desserts made using all different kinds of teas.
Address: Asakusa Orange Street, 1-39-14 Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00
Official Website: https://ochaba.net
Japan’s First Muslim Eyelash Extension Salon ‘Crazy Beauty’ Opens in Shibuya
11.February.2020 | FASHION
Japanese eyelash extension salon Crazy Beauty has announced its efforts to strengthen its services to cater towards its increasing number of Muslim customers. The salon released a new list of policies in English including using no pork-derived ingredients in its glue, a comment about the alcohol level of its glue, and more.
“Muslim Welcome” is the name of this new initiative launched by Crazy Beauty with support from the Made in Japan Halal Support Committee.
Crazy Beauty provides prayer mats and has a space for its Muslim clients to pray.
Consideration For Muslim Customers
Since Muslims are not able to use products with alcohol in them, Crazy Beauty provides Halal-certified Clean Shu! Shu! Neo, which has alkali ions in it that kills bacteria, and it also cleans and smells since. Crazy Beauty also uses MOMA Water, officially recognised by JAKIM in Malaysia. Customers can also enjoy Halal-certified tea after their session.
Muslim Welcome Eyelash Policies
・Our salon uses medical grade glue that does not contain pork-derived ingredients.
・The medical-grade glue used in our salon contains a small amount of alcohol.
・A spare space can be used for prayer purposes.
・Prayer mats are available upon request.
If you’re a Muslim and looking to experience Japan’s beauty scene, then be sure to check out Crazy Beauty to see everything they have to offer.
Address: 906 Dogenzaka Square, 5-18 Maruyamacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Reception Times: Last Phone Booking 21:00 (Until 19:00 on Sundays and Public Holidays)
No Fixed Holidays (Open during festival seasons)
Official Website: https://crazybeauty.jp/en
4 Matcha-tastic Desserts Selling at Convenience Stores in Japan
If you love delicious Japanese desserts and are keen to discover more, you’ve visited the right website. Today with the help of Instagrammer Yukko, we’ll be looking at matcha desserts you can purchase from Japanese convenience stores.
Matcha Purin Cake Sandwich: ¥324/ Family Mart
Matcha Purin Cake Sandwich: ¥324
This is a fluffy sandwich with a hearty filling of sweet matcha purin, matcha cream, whipped cream and red bean paste. The fluffy cake and light cream create a wonderful balance of textures and enjoy a moderate sweetness. This dessert is sure to leave your stomach fully satisfied.
Dorayaki Pancakes Stuffed with Matcha Cream: ¥300/ 7-Eleven
Dorayaki Pancakes Stuffed with Matcha Cream: ¥300
The delicious aroma of the matcha will entice you before you have even tried it. The refined, rich matcha flavour will spread throughout your mouth and melt beautifully.
Uji Matcha and Shiratama White Dumpling Parfait:¥300/ 7-Eleven
Uji Matcha and Shiratama White Dumpling Parfait:¥300
This is a luxurious parfait containing Shiratama dango, warabi mochi, matcha whipped cream, dorayaki pancake pieces, plain whipped cream, matcha mousse and matcha starch cakes. Enjoy a variety of textures – perfect for the matchaholic!
Matcha & Sweet Red Beans & Whipped Cream Doyayaki: ¥140/ 7-Eleven
Matcha & Sweet Red Beans & Whipped Cream Doyayaki: ¥140
Sweet red bean paste, matcha sauce, whipped cream and chewy warabi mochi are stuffed between two matcha dorayaki. The matcha sauce is rich and plentiful, creating the perfect matcha-tastic treat.
If you’re on a matcha hunt, how about starting at the convenience store? There are just so many matcha desserts to discover. Mogu Mogu Yukko’s Instagram is full of delicious desserts that you can buy from Japanese convenience stores and supermarkets. If you’re looking for a sweet treat, make sure to check it out.
Original Article Contents and Photos By: Mogu Mogu Yukko
*Convenience stores are always updating their products and therefore the desserts mentioned in this article may stop selling at any time. Please check the convenience store’s social media or official website for the most up-to-date information.