Naka­mura To­kichi

HK Magazine - - DINING -

Matcha. Shop 3005-3009, 3/F, Mi­ra­mar Shop­ping Cen­tre, 132 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2156-1168. Ky­oto dessert house Naka­mura To­kichi is all about the matcha green tea. It first ap­peared in Hong Kong in 2015 only to close ear­lier this year, but it’s now back at a new lo­ca­tion in Mi­ra­mar Mall.

HIT We started with the matcha buck­wheat noo­dle set ($118) and wheat noo­dle set ($118). Served cold, they were light and re­fresh­ing, al­though the green tea fla­vor wasn’t that prom­i­nent. We couldn’t miss out on the desserts: We tried the ho­jicha tea jelly ($88)—Ho­jicha is a kind of char­coal-roasted green tea, and the dessert cap­tured that unique toasty, smoky fla­vor. The tea jelly was served with a scoop of milky ho­jicha ice cream which bal­anced the bit­ter­ness of the tea. Kyo no Fukiyose ($98), an­other of their sig­na­ture desserts, in­cluded four slices of fluffy matcha and ho­jicha sponge cakes, with well-bal­anced fla­vors al­ter­nat­ing be­tween sweet­ness and bit­ter­ness. The matcha maruto par­fait ($98) was de­light­ful, with of­fers lay­ers of tex­tures and fla­vors: from frothy cream and fluffy sponge cake, to crunchy puffed rice, to chewy mochi balls and re­fresh­ing tea jelly.

MISS We or­dered the matcha usucha zen­zai ($88), a hot green tea soup with rice cake and sweet beans. This dish is ex­clu­sive to Hong Kong, but ex­clu­siv­ity isn’t al­ways a good thing: The soup was way too bit­ter and the green tea fla­vor was over­pow­er­ing.

BOT­TOM LINE Come here only if you’re a true matcha fan—but if you are, you’ll leave very happy.

Open daily noon-10pm. $-$$

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