MANILA, Philippines – To all my best matcha teas, here’s tea from the long-awaited arrival of Japanese brand The Matcha Tokyo in Metro Manila!
Whether you like grass or just enjoy the earthy yet milky taste of a matcha latte, all members of the matcha gang are welcome here. Matcha Tokyo serves 100% organic, ceremonial-grade matcha carefully hand-picked in Japan that is as premium and clean as can be.
And as a non-matcha drinker, honestly, I might be close to reaching matcha girl status after tasting what The Matcha Tokyo had to offer its Filipino customers!
So little time, so matcha to learn
Matcha Tokyo’s first branch in Metro Manila opened on Friday, November 18, curated by Mistukoshi Group, Tasteless Food Group (The Grid, Scout’s Honor, Poison Donuts, Hanamaruken Ramen) and Japanese Team by The Matcha Tokyo.
Located on the ground floor of the new Mitsukoshi Mall in Bonifacio Global City, the modest open space features an open bar, minimalist and industrial interiors, wooden benches and exclusive products on display. The open bar gives you a first-hand look at the fascinating and fascinating process of traditional matcha tea making.
Pro Tip: When Whisking Your Bowl of Matcha Powder Using the Traditional Bamboo hunt, be sure to whisk quickly in an up and down motion instead of side to side; this gives the creamiest lather.
Matcha Tokyo, which was founded in 2018 in Tokyo, prides itself on its “highest quality” matcha. The Japanese brand’s farm uses clean water, fertile, pesticide-free soil, and carefully selected tea leaves. These are harvested by experienced Japanese farmers in a conscious and sustainable way, as they are only picked once a year.
The delicate tea leaves are then steamed, dried and ground with a stone mill into a fine powder, resulting in the famous ancient Japanese superfood known for its strong flavor, bright green color, health benefits and its versatile use in beverages. , Japanese delicacies and desserts.
A matcha made in heaven
My first matcha drink in years was The Matcha Tokyo best selling and beginner friendly Iced matcha latte, made with ice, oat milk, raw sugar syrup, and Japan Premium Matcha, the team-recommended type of matcha with a strong umami taste.
The great thing about The Matcha Tokyo drinking experience is that it differs per person, depending on your personal preferences. You can customize your level of sweetness depending on how sweet or bitter your matcha is, and your choice of milk – dairy, soy, almond, or oatmeal (my favorite) – also makes a slight difference in creaminess and taste.
I loved my Matcha Oatmeal Iced Latte with 50% sugar – it was a soft, clean, balanced and tasty drink; the grassy bitterness of matcha is muted, but the earthy taste still shines alongside the subtle sweetness and creaminess of oat milk. Especially with ice, it was a refreshing drink that I wouldn’t mind having in place of my afternoon cup of coffee.
The Iced matcha latteis available hot (P220) or frozen (P250), and as Matcha Soy Latte (P260, P290), Matcha Almond Latte (P220, P250), and Matcha oat latte (P260, P290).
Matcha Tokyo’s BGC branch also serves a new exclusive in the Philippines Ube Matcha Latte (P210), (which will soon be on the seasonal menu in Japan). The team at Tasteless Group said the idea for the collaboration was a “Filipino deal that made sense,” and it is! The Iced Matcha Latte is topped with a silky, creamy, sweet-salty ube crema that adds the distinct nuttiness and sweetness of the famous purple yam to the drink, without overpowering it.
There are also matcha treats to go with the drinks, like chef Sonny Mariano’s vegan Black Sesame Matcha Cookie (P175) and plant-based, gluten-free and sugar-free Brain or Beauty Matcha Energy Bars made with chocolate, nuts and/or acai berries.
Menu, prices: Anything brewed
Matcha Tokyo lets you choose from three types of matcha for your hot or iced drinks. There is the “best mix” recommended Premium Japan with low bitterness, the “refreshing” Kyoto Uji, and the SHELL, a rare hand-picked leaf with a “super strong umami taste”. They cost P190, P200 and P250 for hot and iced formats respectively.
Other frozen drinks on the menu are Matcha Espresso Latte (P205), Matcha Frozen Latte (P220), Matcha Chai Latte (P235), roasted green tea Hojicha Latte (P210 for hot or iced), and the Matcha Latte Float (P290) with soft matcha ice cream on top, which I have to try!
There is also ice cream Matcha Spanish Latte, Matcha Salted Cream Latte, Tropical Matcha Fruit Soda, and Matcha Lemonade for P210 each, and a Matcha Frozen Lemonade (P205). For something heavier, there is Matcha Banana Smoothie (P210), Matcha Protein with Milk (P350), Matcha Protein with Banana Smoothie (P350), Milk Hojicha Protein (P350), and Protein Hojicha with Banana Smoothie (P350).
Don’t worry, coffee addicts are welcome here too! Matcha Tokyo offers Americano (P140), Cafe Latte (P190), Cappuccino (P190), Cafe Mocha (P200), Spanish Latte (P195), Salted Cream Latte (P195), Espresso Soda (P220), and Iced Latte Coffee (P210).
As for the rest of the sweet treats, there’s Matcha Soft Serve Ice Cream, Matcha Strawberry Puffs, Matcha Marble Cake, Matcha Milk Jam Croffle, Matcha French Flan, and Dorayaki (P150 ).
Matcha Tokyo is located on the ground floor of Mitusokshi Shopping Center on 8th Avenue at the corner of 36th Street, Grand Central Park, North BGC, Taguig City. The mall, which also houses Mendokoro Ramenba’s new branch and Fully Booked’s Kinokuniya bookstore, is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. – Rappler.com