Make mine a matcha! Heralding from Japan, matcha has taken over Sydney town, finding its way onto many café and restaurant menus. Lately, chefs have been experimenting even more with the brightly coloured superfood, adding it to sweets and treats in unexpected ways.
Next time you’re down for dessert, go green and savour one of these matcha creations – they hit the sweet spot every time.
Feeling indulgent? Order the to-die-for Matcha Mochi Pancake Stack. The pancakes are thick and fluffy, and coated in white chocolate and matcha sauce. They’re then topped with white mocha balls, plus a generous scoop of matcha ice-cream and a green tea waffle cone. The bitterness of the matcha cuts through the sweetness of the other ingredients for a beautifully balanced dessert. Is your mouth watering yet?
Chatswood Interchange, T67/436 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
In Wolli Creek, this humble bakery exploded onto the Instagram scene with its matcha croissant. Crispy and flaky on the outside, the pastry gives way to a creamy matcha custard. The combination to the buttery croissant and green-tea flavoured custard makes for a rich, unique dessert that strikes the balance between bitter and sweet.
5/6 Discovery Point Place, Wolli Creek
This Potts Point spot is a top contender for the best matcha soft serve in Sydney. The restaurant offers a creative Japanese izakaya menu made for sharing, and foodies flock there to snap the green tea ice-cream. The crispy waffle cone is filled all the way to the bottom with brightly coloured, silky soft serve. It has a punchy green tea flavour, but the creaminess offsets any bitterness.
73 Macleay Street, Potts Point
This Japanese café in the CBD dishes up matcha in every way, shape and form, including iced matcha frappes, cappuccinos and ice-cream bowls. But if you’re going to go, do it right and order the crowd favourite: the matcha parfait. Layered with chocolate wafers, pocky sticks, cornflakes, strawberries, sweet potato cubes and swirls of matcha soft-serve, it’s a flavour explosion from start to finish.
Shop 11, 501 George Street, Sydney
This Crows Nest restaurant serves up Japanese-Italian fusion fare, an unusual pairing they’ve made their own. The chefs are as creative as they come, and one of their most popular desserts is the Matcha Tiramisu. Made with layers of fluffy sponge cake and a high-grade matcha and vanilla blend, it’s delicate and delicious, and the best way to round out a meal.
Shop 2, 118 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest
When you walk into this unassuming terrace house in Redfern, you’re in for a treat. Kenny Takayama’s (ex Bills head chef) menu is as visually pleasing as it is tasty. The matcha French toast and matcha crème puff are incredible, but ‘Chef Kenny’ made the matcha lamington famous. His invention ‘Japanises’ the Aussie cake, combining the vanilla sponge with matcha icing, red bean filling and coconut flakes.
4 Pitt Street, Redfern
Top tip: If macarons are your thing, stop in at Mak Mak in Newtown for their jasmine matcha macaron. Delicate and crispy at the same time, it’s a must-try for macaron lovers.
Yellow Stage Dessert Bar
With a tagline stating the simple fact that “sweets make you happy,” this dessert bar is a date night go-to, thanks to its cute décor, dim lighting, and colourful cake display. It features beautiful Asian desserts, many of which have matcha as the star ingredient. The Matcha Chiffon comes complete with strawberries and cream, while the Snow Matcha is a green tea sponge cake drizzled with white chocolate.
15 Railway Parade, Eastwood
To see what matcha heaven looks like, go to Café Cre Asion in Surry Hills. Chef Yu Sasaki sprinkles the green goodness in just about everything. Along with lattes and cookies, he makes matcha cookies, shortbread, muffins, tarts, macarons and the famous matcha fondant, a molten chocolate cake that’s served warm, and oozes melted matcha cream. It’s deliciously decadent, and it comes with a mini jug of matcha chocolate.
21 Alberta Street, Surry Hills
The home of the Ramen Burger, the chefs at One Tea Lounge are green tea fanatics: the menu is titled #matchaobsession, and has a long list of matcha-infused desserts that are almost too pretty to eat. Almost. It’s tough to pick just one, so we won’t: opt for the matcha waffle stack with green tea ice-cream, miso caramel glaze and deep-fried Snickers bars, or the matcha fondue.
73 York Street, Sydney
Is there anything more charming than afternoon tea? Treat yourself to a trip to T Totaler, a delightful tea bar with locations in Newtown and The Galeries. Once you’ve chosen your brew for a cuppa, turn your attention to dessert. The matcha waffles are amazing, but our pick is the matcha cookie sandwich – a coconut cookie mixed with chocolate and a matcha marshmallow.
Newtown and Sydney
To satisfy your matcha craving, make a pit stop at Barangaroo. There, you’ll find the aptly-named Triple Matcha Donut, made up of a matcha cake doughnut base, topped with a white chocolate and matcha glaze and matcha icing stripes. It’s all yours for a fiver, and guaranteed to make your day a little sweeter. If you’re not in the area, you can get a box delivered to your door.
Shop 3, 23 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo