Enjoying matcha (抹茶) tea and other confectionery made from it is one of the great pleasures of living in Japan where access to the freshest supplies is plentiful. A few weeks ago a friend invited me on an early morning excursion to sample some of the richest matcha ice cream in the world, an opportunity I could not pass up!
They offer 7 different levels of matcha ice cream to choose from where level 1 is creamy and sweet, while 7 is bitter and rich. They also have a few other flavours like chocolate, strawberry and sesame.
Of course, we went straight for the deep green level 7. I can only describe the flavour as intense with a notably coarse texture from the densely ground tea leaves. Delectable in the extreme!
We also gave the sesame a try which gave a nice contrast both in taste and colour to the matcha. I’d highly recommend both if you’re the sort of person who likes 99% dark chocolate.
Afterwards, we enjoyed a walk around nearby Kappabashi (合羽橋) or Kitchen Town where you can buy all manner of kitchenware, including some rather fabulous Japanese knives.
On the way, we ran into a man who appeared to be taking his pet pig for a walk. The mind boggles at how one would keep such a large swine in a small Japanese apartment.
To top off the morning we had coffee at Bridge, a nicely designed cafe attached to an architectural firm.