A drippy, whippy ice cream on a summer’s day brings out the gleeful, sticky-chinned child in everyone. But choosing matcha (very strong, powdered green tea) flavour does feel that little bit more grown-up and sophisticated. Ahem.
Massively popular in Japan, matcha flavoured ice cream has been hard to find in London in the past. Not any more…
Although the Japanese firm Tsujiri has been an expert in Matcha Green Tea for 155 years, they have only recently opened a branch in Soho. With the incredible variety of intensely green sweet treats Instagram is already all aglow with this new speciality ice-cream parlour.
Tsujiri in London serves matcha soft serve creations with a variety of Japanese-inspired toppings, such as mochi balls or slices of matcha cake, the photos alone are enough to soon be encouraging queues at the door. Visit their Facebook page or Instagram here.
Haagen Dazs Pop Up, St Pancras The Arcade, St Pancras Station https://stpancras.com/news/2017/july/haeagen-dazs-opening
Ahh… natsukashiiii… those summer days in Japan when I used to eat my weight in Matcha Haagen Dazs from the 7-11 convenience store around the corner! Delighted to know that this summer – 2017 – I can do the same in London.
The Green Matcha Tea flavour is exclusive to St Pancras and this is the first time it’s been available in London! It’s a traditional ice cream – not a soft-serve whippy-type ice cream, a welcome change on the scene.
Little Moons Matcha Green Tea Mochi Ice http://www.littlemoons.co.uk/home
Perfect for dinner party desserts or stuffing in your face in the park alike, these elegant and versatile desserts aren’t cheap (£4.99 ish for 6) and boy, do they melt fast. But they are fiendishly addictive – Ocado, The Japan Centre and Wholefoods can keep you supplied. They are also available in Toasted Sesame flavour; also Mango, Coconut, Vanilla etc. But when matcha’s an option, why would you go for anything else?
Tombo – London’s first authentic Japanese Café & Matcha Bar 29 Thurloe Place, London SW7 2HQ http://tombocafe.com
This South Kensington favourite offers lots of clean eating options, so you can feel really virtuous before indulging in one of their matcha desserts.
From simple soft serve in a cone, to matcha sundaes, to matcha tiramisu.
Tombo is really popular, rather narrow, and they don’t take reservations. Right across the road, however, is the old favourite, Kulu Kulu sushi. Being a conveyor-belt sushi place, the turnover is fast… just check their opening hours.
Right, I’m off to search for more. I’ve got some good ideas…. but if you have any ideas where I can find more matcha or green tea ice cream, let me know!