Think matcha, think Via Tokyo

Think matcha, think Via Tokyo

I’ll just put it out there -I’m a hopeless sucker for anything matcha. Give me any matcha products and I will be a happy, happy girl. 😀

For those who are not familiar with Asian tea, matcha is a type of Japanese green tea that is finely grounded into powder. It can be used in desserts and drinks, and it has gained exponential popularity throughout Asia in recent years.

Tucked in the corner of Causeway Bay in Hong Kong, Via Tokyo is a small and cozy Japanese cafe that sits no more than 20 people. Opened almost two years ago, this cafe is any matchaholic’s daydream, as it offers a quintessential collection of matcha and milk desserts. It is highly raved by magazines and online food review websites for its high quality soft serves that rarely fail to wow its customers.

The cafe’s menu features an array of Kyoto matcha and Hokkaido milk desserts: soft serves, affogatos, lattes, cheesecake, mille feuille, etc. The soft serves also come with a variety of sides -warabi mochi, azuki red bean paste, shiratama, and so on.  It took me forever to make up my mind and place my order.

I went there for the first time last summer, and it was not full at all as we arrived right when it opened. It opened 20 minutes later than its opening time, and the warabi mochi wasn’t even ready yet. The service was a little disappointing.

There were what we ended up getting:

Hokkaido Milk and Matcha Soft Serve (HKD $32)

Hokkaido milk and matcha mixed cone
Indeed, the soft serve is delicious. It is thick and smooth yet firm in texture, not overly soft and didn’t melt immediately. The flavor was rich and creamy, and the balance between the bitterness of the tea and the sweetness of the milk is on point. The matcha aftertaste still lingers after the soft serve is long gone.

Shiramata matcha soft serve (HKD $44)

01fc2a03fbfdfc5c6ffd03d6d23a8c4064b4100394
This tasted similar to the mixed cone, but the matcha is more prominent. My sister said it is a little bitter for her, but I loved it. The shiramata are made of glutinous flour, and they are chewy and soft like oversized mochi.

Houjicha soft serve in a cup (comes with a side of black sugar syrup that you pour over the ice cream)

Houjicha is another type of green tea that is roasted instead of steamed, and hence giving the tea leaves their reddish- brown color.  It has a nutty and earthy taste to it. I've never tried houjicha tea before, but this soft serve offers a robust tea flavor that compliments very well with the black sugar syrup. Yummmm. 
Houjicha is another type of green tea that is roasted instead of steamed, and hence giving the tea leaves their reddish- brown color.  It has a nutty and earthy taste to it. I’ve never tried houjicha tea before, but this soft serve offers a robust tea flavor that compliments very well with the black sugar syrup. Yummmm.

The desserts here are also so photogenic…… just look at that pretty green. and the perfect swirl. *swoon*

The houjicha flavor is seasonal and is no longer offered regularly. However, on Wednesdays the cafe offers a “Reverse Tokyo” deal, where only houjicha and Hokkaido milk products are offered instead of matcha ones. Right now, the seasonal flavor is Royal Milk Tea!

This is definitely a place that I’ll revisit again and again. I live more than an hour away, but I’ll definitely make the trip for its matcha desserts. A must-go for all matcha fans out there! Check out their Instagram account, viatokyocafe, for deals, updates, and adorable and mouth-watering pictures.

Here are some other desserts that I got from my second and third visit:

Houjicha cheesecake
Houjicha cheesecake
Matcha Sample Set
Matcha Sample Set
Matcha Mille Feuille
Matcha Mille Feuille

Name: Via Tokyo

Address: Shop nos. 1A-1B, G/F., Leishun Court, 106-126 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay

Number: 2895 1116

Price range: HKS $50 or under

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Think matcha, think Via Tokyo

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s