More of a small shop than a café, Matchaya’s variety of sweet treats is by no means small. Owned by a Singaporean couple, it started as an online shop selling different flavours of Japanese milk tea all made using premium organic ingredients with no preservatives and much to everyone’s delight a physical store was opened last year in Icon Village shopping mall in Tanjong Pagar with another store set to open this month in The Cathay near Dhoby Ghaut MRT.
Their current menu has a range of teas, macarons, swiss rolls (or roll cakes as they call it in Japan), ice cream and parfaits. They have a “mystery flavour” soft serve ice cream which changes regularly and at the time when I went, it was kinako (roasted soybean flour) flavour. I was a bit disappointed that houjicha flavour ice cream is not a permanent flavour on their menu as it used to be and I was hoping to try it since I’m mad for anything houjicha! I managed to satisfy my cravings though by getting a Houjicha Roll Cake ($4.90) and a Houjicha Macaron ($3). My friend went for the Azuki Parfait and chose the kinako flavour soft serve ice cream for it as you get to choose which flavour soft serve you would like.
The Houjicha Roll Cake was to die for! The cake was soft and moist and the cream in the middle had a strong houjicha flavour. I was very tempted to buy the whole roll for takeaway! Hmm…. maybe next time. The houjicha macaron was also really good with a rich creamy filling that tasted strongly of houjicha. My friend’s Azuki Parfait was nice too, the kinako ice cream was thick and creamy and delicious with the azuki (red bean) paste and crunchy popped rice.
The shop doesn’t have a dedicated seating area so you have to either takeaway your goodies or there is a counter at the side of the shop where you can stand but there are only a few places there. Apparently their new branch in The Cathay will have a small seating area though.
They also sell their own range of powdered milk teas at the shop as well as matcha and houjicha powder, tea accessories and matcha and houjicha chocolate spread! Of course I couldn’t resist getting the houjicha chocolate spread 🙂
I tried the houjicha chocolate spread the other day on some toast and it was nice, I would prefer if it was a bit more bitter but otherwise it was pretty good and great for eating directly out of the jar too hehe
Matchaya has a $40 stored-value card and if you purchase it you get a free regular soft serve. Sounds like a good offer to me and I’ll be sure to get one on my next visit there to try more of their desserts and drinks!
Address: #01-72 Icon Village, 12 Gopeng Street, Singapore 078877 (Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar)
Tel: 9837 3187
Opening Hours: Daily 12pm – 8pm
Hope you’ve enjoyed my Matchaya review, please feel free to leave a comment below with your own review of the restaurant or if you have any questions!