For all who either know me personally or who have read my previous posts will know that I’m an avid fan of matcha flavoured food, especially matcha flavoured desserts (matcha is a lifestyle 👸). This is another post showcasing even more matcha desserts 💓 (perhaps my blog should purely be about matcha flavoured food? Food for thought :P).
Oh and also, it’s Christmas day! Merry Christmas everyone 🎄🎉❤, for all who don’t celebrate Christmas, happy holidays! 🎉 My family and I will be celebrating Christmas with a little something different this year in terms of dessert (I’m sure you can guess what it is already with the name of this post, hehe).
Without further ado, let me introduce you to Kova Patisserie, based in Soho, London. They are a patisserie store famous for their mille crepe cake and matcha flavoured patisserie.
Here’s a close cup of the matcha mille crepe cake:
And a close up of the matcha latte (with a swirl of hearts circling the edge ontop 💚💚💚 how adorable!):
This year for Christmas, I bought their matcha roll cake as our dessert for our Christmas meal:
My fridge was fully stocked up at my parents (super spoilt with food when I’m home 😋). I found some fresh berries and was excited to eat them but they were too sour on its own (winter isn’t the season for berries 🙁) so I thought, why not pair it with the matcha roll; the sour/sweet taste of the berries combined with the sweet/slight bitter matcha taste turned out to be a wonderful combination:
Mmm, matcha ❤
Another post on all things green tea (and a token Japanese dish)!
Tombo, so far imo, serves the best green tea ice-cream in London. There are various places who have emerged in London serving green tea ice-cream but they just can’t compare to the perfect blend of creamy mild milk flavour with the almost bitter taste of green tea matcha ice-cream they serve.
Easily one of my favourite green tea dessert shop 💓
Matcha soft serve:
Matcha ice-cream sundae in all its glory with matcha ice-cream, matcha brownie, azuki paste, granola, date syrup and cone biscuit:
Salmon sashimi don: salmon sashimi, salmon roe, salmon tartar & avocado on Tombo sushi rice
Matcha green tea flavoured food is popping up everywhere in London it’s really hard not to notice. I won’t be surprised if my local coffee shop is selling matcha latte the next time I walk in (not that I’ll be complaining though – ha! I fell in love with matcha flavoured foods way before it was cool #beingasianandall).
My next matcha green tea food find is at Ichiryu (London), an udon (Japanese thick noodles) restaurant where you can upgrade your normal white wheat flour udon to matcha udon. Such music to my ears! It is basically matcha flavoured udon noodles. The matcha powder not only creates the green tea flavouring of the noodles but you’ll also find your noodles are served green. For most of you who are used to matcha you won’t be surprised, for all of you who aren’t that familiar, well, see below:
Above: Niku Beef Matcha Udon
Above: King Special Matcha Udon
And a close up of the matcha udon noodles below, pretty interesting huh?
What big bowls you must be thinking! It really was just the bowl itself that was big, the portion of food in the bowl was a good amount. Although the king special was a bit on the heavier side as it was a combination of both beef and tempura prawns; best of both worlds 😛
I had the niku beef matcha udon; the beef broth was tasty and thick, beef taste was solid. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The best past of it was the perfectly poached egg!
I was so impressed I had to take a close up of it! It was a perfect balance of cooked and rare, leaning towards rare (which is how I like my eggs). So soft and runny, it literally melted in my mouth.
The restaurant is less than 5 minutes walk from tottenham court road tube station, so if you’re ever in the area, do give it a go 🙂
Another post on cake! I do love my dessert – a little bit of sweet treat here and there won’t hurt 🙂
So last week, I was introduced to another amazing cake shop. They specialize in french patisserie but with an Asian twist; focusing mainly on french patisserie with green tea infused flavours. However, I have to say I was slightly apprehensive at first (green tea flavoured french dessert, really?) but the foodie in me was more curious than my uncertainty so I took the trip.
From east London I traveled all the way to North West London stopping at Finchley Road. Here lays Lanka, Cake shop and Tea Salon. Owned by a reputable french cuisine Japanese chef who has worked in multiple Michelin star restaurants and run mainly by Japanese hires. The service is great, unbelievably polite servers even though the restaurant was so small (it can only seat a maximum of about 15 people at once from what I remember) and there was a long line forming inside.
Shame I don’t have a picture of the cake display (they all looked delicious) but below is what we had:
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Of course, we chose the green tea flavoured ones 🙂
From left to right: Green Tea Paris Brest, Green Tea Panna Cotta and Green Tea Tart.
We also ordered tea (cake with tea of course!): Green Tea Rose Petal and Royal Delight. I loved the royal delight! Fruity and smells delicious!
And of course, the tea is accompanied by beautifully designed tea cups as well.
The decoration of the shop took the minimalist route with white as the dominant colour used for walls/display shelves and brown for tables. Not sure if it was deliberate but it really enhances the colours of the cakes and makes them stand out against the neutral colours of the shop.
Overall, great experience and delicious cakes I’d definitely recommend this place 🙂