Who loves green tea? I do! So when Matcha House finally opened up its doors on O'Connell Street, it didn't take long for my friends and I to hurry down and see what it was all about. The story is that the owner, Deb, travelled to Japan a few years ago specifically for taste-testing different kinds of green tea and brought back her favourites to put on the menu. You can see the effort put behind her choices as soon as you look at the menu (half the menu is dedicated to just tea alone) but I, as usual, was more curious about the food!
If you're not really a fan of green tea, you have pretty limited choices. 90% of the menu is devoted to green tea whether it be icecream, tiramisu, waffles, lattes etc. There are non green tea items like bubble tea (various flavours) and iced chocolate, iced coffee and the like and there are two desserts which don't have green tea in it - the peppermint slice and Japanese cheesecake. Both are served with green tea icecream though.
|Green Tea Tiramisu|
|Green Tea Sundaes|
|Green Tea Waffles|
|Green Tea Soft Serve|
|Ginger Snap Basket|
The same scoops of icecream as the waffles - brown green tea, matcha green tea and vanilla - with strawberries (these were frozen) and green tea drizzle over the top. Slightly unimpressive given that the ice-cream was half melted when it got to us and frozen strawberries...really?
|Matcha Green Tea Latte (hot)|
|Green Tea Latte (cold)|
Overall it was a mixed experience. From what I've heard, it seems the green tea soft serve and green tea icecream are the ones which are most well-liked, a statistic which I agree with wholeheartedly. The softserves are pretty amazing. The rest of the dessert menu is a bit hit-and-miss though.
The staff are in the kitchen a lot of the time so it's hard to flag someone down if you need to order or want to ask a question. Once you've get their attention though, they're extremely helpful and friendly. Here's a tip: if you stay until closing time, they have to clean out their ice-cream machine and you may just score a free icecream!