For those of us just getting acquainted with this ingredient ‘Matcha’ is a finely ground powder of specially grown green tea leaves, mostly processed and consumed in East Asia. The tea plants are grown in the shade for three to four weeks and then harvested. The shaded growth is what helps the tea pack a mean punch of theanine and caffeine. Currently a trending favourite with chefs and culinary experts, not only as a beverage but as a cooking ingredient as well. So, let's take a look at the best places in Delhi NCR to find these Matcha delights.
This rustic Korean bakery/eatery, with the aroma of buttery French toasts and freshly roasted coffee beans wafting through the café, has possibly the cities best Matcha Lattes (Iced or hot) to offer. I would personally recommend a hot latte and the Matcha aromatics are much more prominent at a warm temperature.
Other must-haves: Korean fried Chicken, Chicken Bibimbap with Rice, Kimchi Fried Rice with Chicken and Chicken Jeyuk Gimbab.
Cost for two: ₹700
Known for top quality dim sum, sushi, sizzling sick rice bowls and a wide variety of other pan Asian delicacies. Yum Yum Cha has proven to be a bundle of joy when it comes to Asian-inspired desserts as well! The Matcha Green Tea Mochi Ice Cream, which is rich and creamy matcha ice cream wrapped in fluffy sweet dough. Makes this the perfect indulgence for all seasons.
Other must-haves: Rainbow Sushi Rolls, Chicken Chilli Oil Dumplings, Fried Chicken Open Baos, Prwan Basil Chilli Sticky Rice Bowl and Banoffee Sushi
Cost for two: ₹1800
Kampai boasts an extensive Japanese (Japan through the seasons) themed ambiance and menu, winning our hearts over one cherry blossom at a time. With plenty of ramen, sushi and teppan to choose from on their menu, your dining experience would be incomplete without trying their Matcha Tiramisu Cake, the green god of desserts!
Other must-haves: Yuzu Cheesecake, Tori Katsu Curry (fried chicken with curry), Ebi Tempura and Pork belly.
Cost for two: ₹1800
A charming little café serving a fine gastronomic curation of luxury teas, airy yet crunchy Pinsas and Wonut Waffles. The Matcha Bubble Tea / Boba tea made with authentic imported premium Japanese Matcha Green tea with a smooth texture and earthy grassy flavour along with Chewy Tapioca Boba is a playful yet flavoursome beverage that is not to be missed.
Other must-haves: Pinsa Pizza Diavola, Pulled Chicken Salad, and Boston Cream Pie
Cost for two: ₹1200
This casual Japanese-themed eatery serves great sushi, ramen, Japanese street food and lip-smacking desserts and baked goods straight from Tokyo. Amidst the round-up of treats on their menu, the Japanese Matcha Roll Cake and the Kawai Matcha Cream Puff are well-prepared and toothsome.
Other must-haves: Katsu Bento Rice Bowl, Croizzas, Jiggly Pancakes, Melon Pans and Sushi.
Cost for two: ₹800
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