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. $-$$