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Besides boasting nutritional benefits, matcha (specially processed green tea leaves) lends an addictive, herbaceous quality to these desserts

1. Oh Cha Matcha

Spice up your matcha adventures with another speciality matcha café that's coming your way on March 16, 2020! A passion project by the same people behind Garage 51 and Coffee Société, Oh Cha Matcha sees plenty of millennial pink and earthy green—this new store has all it takes to add to your aesthetically pleasing Instagram feed.

One of Oh Cha Matcha's strong points is its inclusiviTEA (see what we did there). The matcha café offers 6 types of milk—cow's milk, soy milk, almond milk, oat milk, cashew milk—thus catering to lactose-intolerance. Secondly, none of their beverages contain sugar (unless you ask for it), but you wouldn't even know it. The café will serve hot food and host matcha appreciation classes in the near future, so check them out in TTDI. 

Oh Cha Matcha | 130, Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

2. The Tokyo Restaurant

In collaboration with Niko Neko Matcha, The Tokyo Restaurant's head chef Shouhei Matsui has crafted a houjicha (roasted Japanese green tea) cheescake that's plated with a faint dusting of matcha powder. Surprise yourself with another wholesome dessert on the menu, the matcha meringue roll, which will instantly satisfy your matcha cravings; airy yet rich with toasty hints of fine grade houjicha, the dessert will entice you to return for more.

The Tokyo Restaurant | Lot 10 Shopping Center 50 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur | 03-2119 2622

Related: You'll Want Seconds Of The Burnt Cheesecake Ice Cream At The Tokyo Restaurant

3. Mei By Fat Spoon

Known for serving hearty yet healthy rice bowls, this minimalistic Japanese-inspired café has other signature dishes that make our mouths salivate. Take for instance their flaky croissants served with homemade green tea butter. For a slice of heaven, order the creamy and soothing green tea cake. Also incorporate the matcha crème brûlée in your weekend plans or weekday shenanigans. 

Mei by Fat Spoon | Hartamas: 22-G, Jalan 27/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur | The Hub SS2: B-G-05 The Hub, 19 Sentral, Jalan Harapan Section 19, Petaling Jaya | 03-2300 3327 

4. Niko Neko Matcha

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Above Photo: Niko Neko Matcha

Catering to hardcore matcha fans, Niko Neko Matcha is a picturesque café serving sumptuous baked goods and speciality matcha drinks. The brand is known to collaborate with its contemporaries, such as Dew, The Tokyo Restaurant, and more. In fact, Niko Neko's matcha baked goods can be found at over 20 stores in KL and PJ. Our go-to right now are their butter matcha cookies baked in collaboration with Ladurée. But we're hoping the seasonal Niko Neko x Chubkies (see left) will return to the sweets scene. 

Niko Neko Matcha | 82A, Lorong Maarof, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur | 011-2355 5405

5. Wizards At Tribeca

From the people who brought you The Red Beanbag and Yellow Brick Road, this contemporary café with plenty of natural light and leafy green décor is another gastronomical adventure that awaits you. Using Niko Neko's matcha, Wizards At Tribeca serves a creamy and fruity matcha delight: a green tea mousse with fresh strawberry salsa and sablé—an indulgent treat you deserve. 

Wizards At Tribeca | Ground Floor, Residensi Tribeca, Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur | 03-2715 5308

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6. Whimsical - Artisanal Gelato

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Above Photo: Whimsical Artisanal Gelato

Rotating over 200 flavours all year long, Whimsical churns their artisanal gelato with natural ingredients. Thinking outside the box, the ice cream parlour is always curating different flavours with matcha that can be eaten in a waffle cone, or atop waffles or brownies. From white chocolate mixed with matcha to berries with matcha, you'll always find something unique here. 

Whimsical | FF-17, The Waterfront, 5, Persiaran Residen, Desa Parkcity, Kuala Lumpur | 03-6419 0966

7. Matcha Hero Kyoto

Nestled on the sixth floor of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is this underrated speciality matcha store. Taste the richness of Japanese green tea ice cream and drinks made from Marukyu Koyamaen Green Tea in this quaint store with wooden furnishings.

You can even take a matcha appreciation class to learn more about the origin and health benefits of different kinds of matcha.

So if you're in the neighbourhood, indulge in Matcha Hero Kyoto's green tea ice cream and fluffy cakes with matcha whipped cream.

Matcha Hero Kyoto | Lot P6.16.00, Level 6, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, 168,Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur | 03-2144 3288

8. 108 Matcha Saro

Originating from Asahikawa, Hokkaido, this premium matcha dessert shop opened in Singapore before making its way to the heart of our city. Matcha afinciando are in for a treat, as 108 Matcha Saro's treats are made from premium Kyoto Uji Matcha. From their signature parfaits packed with white mochi, matcha jelly and obanyaki (a thick stuffed pastry) to smooth and creamy soft serve, the dessert offerings at 108 Matcha Saro are made for matcha enthusiasts like yourself and I. The store has experienced an overwhelming response since opening on February 2nd 2020.

108 Matcha Saro | Lot 251, Level 2 Suria, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur 

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