Let’s Eat: Kissako Uji Matcha Cafe (Pasig, PH)

I am a self-confessed green tea/matcha lover. I like anything with green tea. Perhaps, my palates fondness of tea (matcha) in general is un”matcha”ble. So whenever I hear of, read of or learn of a place that serves matcha delicacies (which is by the way pretty rare here in the Philippines), I would most certainly storm my way.

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And so, when the wife of a foreign friend told me of Kissako Uji Matcha Café, I immediately made my own research about it and told myself that I would pay this café a visit the soonest my weekend is free from out-of-town trips.

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Kissako Uji is a Zen-inspired green-tea café. (Such a breather from an uncountable number of coffee shops around the country). Dissecting the café’s name — kissa means “café” in Japanese, while uji is a Japanese city popular for its quality teas. They serve an array of green tea drinks (also Japanese coffee) and sweets that would surely satiate your palates love for green tea.

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Wayback pharma days, I have always adore tea products. Learning how beneficial tea is made me love it even more. Matcha is an exceptionally pulverized green tea leaves. It usually has a bitter taste because of the alkaloid present in it (thanks again, Pharmacognosy for the knowledge).

So what did I try during my visit? Here we go… I asked for their best-sellers and I was offered to try out their Iced Matcha Latte – subtle bittersweet flavor. Just the way I like it, unlike other matcha drinks that are too strong with its bitter taste. I have learned that the milk they use is organic.

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I haven’t eaten my lunch then so I asked if they have noodles or anything other than sweets and drinks I was delighted to know they do serve ramen. And yes, it is a matcha ramen! How lovely could that be? The Japanese style noodles of the ramen is organic matcha flavored. It is topped with several pieces of pork and egg. It was a food presentation without much embellishments. The taste, however, is beyond palatable. The seaweed containing fish-based soup did lots of wonders that my taste buds were screaming with joy.

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Next, I ordered their best-selling dessert — an eight-layer sweet course called Matcha Parfait, that is made up of green tea ice cream, pieces of rice cake they call shiratama, sponge cake that’s matcha flavored, matcha jelly, a pasty red bean called anko, some whipped cream, crunchy corn flakes and nata de coco. Imagine how satisfied your sweet tooth be after eating it.

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I also got to taste one of their newer offerings called Shiratama Kinako dango balls with green tea syrup and red bean paste. Dango balls are a mochi balls made of rice flour and water. Kinako is actually a soybean flour. I ordered a hot chocolate-hojicha with this. They seem to be a perfect blend to my taste. Hojicha tea is brownish-green in color and quite fragrant with a smooth, nutty and toasty without being bitter in flavor.

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Still wanting to try their other pastries, I went on to order a piece of matcha cookie and a slice of matcha fromage. The cookie has a restrained taste while the fromage has a nice strong taste of matcha and creamy yoghurt. 

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They have other mouth-watering desserts that I plan at tasting at when I get back. In the meantime, below is a quick glance at what they offer. Surely, Kissako is a “matcha” made in heaven especially for green tea lovers, and Japanese pastry fans.

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Kissako Uji Matcha Café

Pioneer Center, Pioneer Street corner Brixton Street, United Avenue, Pasig City
Contact: (02) 730-3356
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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