The green powdered tea is one of Japan’s most recognizable products, recently gaining a global popularity for both its taste and its health benefits. From elegant traditional tea ceremonies to cute modern sweets with a matcha twist, matcha has been widely popular in Japan for centuries. The bitter and refreshing tea is prepared fairly simply, whisked for a frothy texture and traditionally served with wagashi (Japanese sweets). Nowadays, matcha is being added to all known desserts – ice cream, cakes, cookies, chocolate, pudding etc. It’s also added to savoury snacks as well as drinks, such as the extremely popular matcha latte.
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Matcha sweets are everywhere in Japan! Every convenience store carries several matcha chocolates and cookies at all times, in addition to limited edition products. The mega popular KitKat brand has several matcha versions, with different matcha to chocolate ratios and different matcha types. Pokki sticks, biscuits, crepes… anything you can think of has a matcha version. Supermarkets usually stock even more matcha products and in bigger packs, while the DONKI chain always has interesting matcha products suitable for souvenirs for friends.
When it comes to drinks, every coffee chain has a matcha latte, but if you are interested in pure matcha, you will need to go to more traditional tea and wagashi teahouses. Most gardens in Tokyo have small teahouses that serve matcha, as well as some temples in and around Tokyo like the Hokokuji temple in Kamakura.
The list of matcha infused foods and drinks is endless, but we might have found a way to taste as many different yet high quality matcha products at one sitting: the Panda-stic Matcha dessert buffet in ANA InterContinental Tokyo hotel.
The matcha desserts buffet in ANA InterContinental Tokyo has an impressive selection of matcha desserts, as well as savouries. The variety is staggering, the quality is top notch and the atmosphere is elegant and relaxed. It’s a great way to treat yourself, mark a special occasion, or simply enjoy an afternoon in style as is fashionable among Japanese people.
This matcha extravaganza is celebrating the coming of early summer and it greets visitors with lush green, aided not just by matcha, but also by images of bamboo and cute pandas. The dessert buffet is located in The Champagne Bar on the 3rd floor and it is all you can eat and all you can drink matcha goodness! To be more specific – 40 items with 25 kinds of desserts and 15 savories. Add to that 15 different kinds of tea and coffee and it sure sounds like a paradise!
Here you will find everyone’s favourites like matcha cheesecake, matcha brownie, matcha cream puff etc. For a taste of purely Japan, there is matcha warabi mochi, as well matcha soba noodles and matcha tofu in the savouries section. There are very creative unique panna cottas too, with a Japanese twist like matcha, shiso, yuzu, ginger, sesame etc. Many of these items have been created for this seasonal event and can be found only here.
Matcha lovers will surely gasp at the site of the 3 matcha chocolate fountains – each with different matcha concentration and various tasty bites do dip in it.
This buffet is seasonal so it will be open from 27 April to 19 July, in several intervals throughout the day: 11:30 to 13:00, 13:30 to 15:00, 15:30 to 17:00, 17:30to 19:00 (Weekends and Holidays only) and finally 19:30 to 21:00 (Saturday only).
Price: 4,600 yen (Weekdays)/5,600 yen (Weekends and Holidays)+Tax and Service Fee
In addition to the “Panda-stic” Matcha Desserts Buffet, the hotel also has an “Evergreen” Matcha Afternoon Tea Set, matcha pastries in the Pierre Gagnaire Pains et Gateaux patisserie, matcha crab burger at The Steakhouse etc. All of these facilities are located inside ANA InterContinental Tokyo and are open to all visitors. Online reservations are also possible.
Thank you very matcha!