Matcha-ya provides traditional Japanese drinks and desserts made with two varieties of green tea - matcha and hojicha. Their menu is actually quite extensive, with a full page of umeshu varieties as well as hot side dishes, waffles and burgers.
We were here solely for the desserts though!
I love parfaits so I made sure to order the Matcha shiratama parfait (16.5):
This parfait had granola, matcha soft serve, shiratama and was topped with honeycomb and taiyaki (the fish-shaped pastry) with matcha paste inside.
If you don’t feel like matcha, you can try hojicha (roasted green tea). My mum ordered the Houji-cha shiratama sundae (8.9):
The white mochi balls on top are the shiratama, and you can see the hojicha soft serve just peeking through underneath.
There’s also some fruity options, with the Fruits garden shiratama sundae (10.9):
Matcha-ya has quite a few hot chip flavours too, and so we also ordered the soy butter chips (yum). If you’re a “dip your fries in ice cream” kind of person, this could be your chance to try the Japanese version of it!
We were able to get a table quite easily at Sunday 3pm, but I have been warned that this place is quite popular so you may have to wait for a table depending on when you go.