Osaka is home to a lot of shops that serve delicious matcha (green tea) sweets. Here are five of the best places to savor superb matcha desserts in Osaka.
1. Kammi Koyori NU Chayamachi Plus Branch
Kammi Koyori is a shop where you can go to eat a wide variety of Japanese sweets that are particularly obsessed about the raw materials and methods that are used in making them. Of its various matcha offerings, highly recommended is the “Espuma x Taiwan Kori” (a dish of Taiwanese-style shaved ice with whipped cream on top) (950 JPY (incl. tax) for Matcha Milk flavor). You will surely be hooked on the texture and flavors of its fluffy Taiwanese-style shaved ice and the mousse-type matcha sauce on top that melts in your mouth. This shop is located at the second floor of NU Chayamachi Plus, making it the perfect stopover while shopping. Aside from sweets, this place also offers dishes that are filled with vegetables that are good for the body.
2. Kyoto Tsuruya Sabou
Kyoto Tsuruya Sabou is a modern Japanese-style cafe that belongs to the Tsuruya Group, a well-established “ryotei” (luxurious traditional Japanese restaurant) in Kyoto that is visited by dignitaries and key figures from Japan and abroad. It is a place where you can eat Japanese sweets and light meals that use Uji matcha made in Kyoto. Here, the recommended item is the Parfait (972 JPY (incl. tax)). Using carefully selected ingredients, this parfait possesses a high-class feeling that is overflowing with the richness of matcha while retaining the individual flavors of the matcha ice cream, “shiratama” (rice flour dumplings) and black beans. This shop is accessible and easier to enter, so it is recommended to those who have no opportunity to go to its main ryotei.
3. Cha No Ne
Cha No Ne is a restaurant that offers creative cuisine that uses tea, including dishes, drinks, cocktails and sweets. It runs under the concept that tea is healthy for the body, so it incorporates nutrient-rich tea in dressings and sauces as well. Recommended in this shop, which knows everything about tea, is the completely handmade “Cha No Ne Parfait” (780 JPY (incl. tax)) that uses carefully chosen ingredients. The richness of the matcha and the subtle refreshing aroma are just as you’d expect from a cafe that specializes in Japanese tea. Try the other matcha dishes that you won’t find anywhere else, too, including the “Gokujo Matcha Nama Beer” (premium matcha draft beer) (750 JPY (incl. tax)).
4. Cafe Solare Tsumugi Abeno Solaha Branch
Cafe Solare Tsumugi is a modern Japanese cafe that offers guests a taste of traditional Japanese sweets. Aside from matcha roll cakes and parfaits, it also has a wide range of original dishes such as the “Beppin Cha” which is a blend of herbs and Japanese tea. Recommended at this cafe is the “Tennensui no Kezurihi Tafu Koushunen O-Matcha & Hokkaido Azuki” (shaved ice made from natural water with Tafu Koushunen green tea and azuki beans from Hokkaido) (918 JPY (incl. tax)). The shaved ice that uses the highly aromatic green tea from the well-established teashop Tafu Koushunen is famous for its refreshing aftertaste, coupled with the mild sweetness of the azuki beans. How about dropping by on your way to Abeno Harukas, the highest skyscraper in Japan (as of February 2017)?
5. nana’s green tea Grand Front Osaka Branch
This shop is a Japanese-style fast food cafe that serves drinks and desserts centering on those with matcha and green tea flavors. It offers guests the chance to enjoy matcha as a Japanese espresso in a modern style. You probably won’t believe that this shop has 18 different kinds of matcha drinks alone! The “Matcha Shiratama Float Latte” (616 JPY (incl. tax)) and the “Kurogoma Shiratama Frozen” (a frozen drink with black sesame and rice flour dumplings) (680 JPY (incl. tax)) actually taste like desserts. There are also various parfaits available, including the “Matcha Shiratama Parfait” (853 JPY (incl. tax)). This joint is a popular cafe with six branches all over the Osaka region.
Even though they are categorized as matcha sweets, the richness and sweetness of matcha vary depending on the shop where they are made. So, try to visit a few shops and enjoy the differences in matcha while admiring their deep green color and relishing their bittersweet flavor.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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