At I Ate My Way Through, our team are huge fans of Matcha. So we figured why not share our love for all things Matcha on a cafe crawl showcasing some of Sydney’s best matcha offerings?
Matcha is a fine powdered green tea, traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies. It offers a great alternative to coffee with significant caffeine content, as well as being rich in antioxidants, and delicious in flavor. Our Matcha Crawl featured three destinations specially curated to showcase the uniquely delectable ways in which Sydney cafes have incorporated this sensational ingredient. Safe to say it left everyone’s antioxidant count through the roof with all the Matcha consummation.
Stop 1: Café Oratnek
First stop on our journey was Café Oratnek, a cute little courtyard terrace café in Redfern. With their owner and chef hailing from Bills, where he resided as Head Chef for years, the menu offers an array of delicious items to leave you wanting more.
Here we were lucky enough to enjoy a tasting plate with four of their famed Matcha desserts with a platter consisting of their Matcha Lamington, Matcha Tiramisu, Matcha Doughnut and Matcha White Chocolate Muffin. Their regular menu also features tasty meals such as their renowned Pork Katsu Sandwich, Matcha French Toast or Soft Shell Crab Burger, that you must also try!
The Matcha tiramisu consisted layers of vanilla cake with Matcha mascarpone cream on a thin pastry base. The light sponge balanced the rich Matcha flavoured Mascarpone cream, with multiple layers creating a beautiful slice of heaven.The Matcha Lamington provided a take on the Aussie favourite, usually coated in chocolate, this airy sponge was instead coated in a subtly sweet Matcha sauce and dusted with coconut. It proved a favourite with the coconut matcha combination uniting deliciously together.
The Matcha White Chocolate Muffin was also nice, still a little warm having been freshly baked that morning. Despite a little dense in texture, the muffin top with white chocolate chunks and crumble bits was delectable.
The piece-de-resistance of the day was the Matcha Doughnut! Combining two of my favourite things in one amazing mouthful, this was absolute heaven. The doughnut was flawlessly created with an ideal texture, not too dense but not too light. Inside was an incredible Matcha cream mix that was thick like custard. The flavour was sweet but not overpowering, effortlessly finished in a light sugar coating, the entire doughnut was perfection.We finished the meal with a shot of Oratnek’s Matcha thickshake. After the cakes and desserts, this was refreshing and palate cleansing. It embodied a distinctly Matcha flavor, with a velvety smooth consistency like gelato. A cool conclusion to our first Matcha stop.
STOP 2: The Rabbit Hole Organic Tea Bar
A short walk from Stop 1, we wandered to The Rabbit Hole Organic Tea Bar, a charming café just off Abercrombie St in Redfern known for its dedicated focus on all things tea. It boasts an amazing fit-out, with the bright high ceilinged room, timber interiors, and cool sphere lights. As its name suggests, the menu has a huge tea focus with an extensive array of tea fusions and tea lattes, tea mocktails and tea milkshakes. Food offerings include savoury dishes, their famous topped toasts and a cabinet of delicious sweet treats.
Trying to redeem ourselves after our cake for breakfast start, we headed in a breakfast direction. Starting lightly with a sample size dish from their breakfast menu of Matcha granola with fresh seasonal fruit, unsweetened yoghurt and matcha milk. This was a light and healthy homemade granola, which had been spiced with matcha powder, topped with a tart natural yoghurt, Matcha syrup and decorated with fresh berries & flowers. The little pot of Matcha infused milk for the granola was a luscious accompaniment that bound all the elements together.
Next we enjoyed their delicious Matcha whoppie pie. This looked a little overwhelming and rich, but was in fact surprisingly light and moreish. Two small circular pieces of chocolate cake were sandwiched together with delicious matcha buttercream! The cake was lush and chocolaty but its airy texture unified with the thick Matcha filling to create a delicious alliance of Matcha chocolate goodness.
Stop 3: Chanoma Café
After a quick ride from Redfern to the city, we arrived at Chanoma Café in the Regent Place complex next to Town hall. In a Hawker Lane style setup, this complex boasts a range of Asian eateries. Chanoma calls itself the ‘Japanese Matcha Master’, being home to what is probably the biggest range of Matcha drinks in one location.The menu consists of hot drinks such as matcha lattes and matcha cappuccinos to cold icy drinks such as matcha & yuzu tea and matcha shakes to quench your hard-earned thirst. They have flavoured matcha frappes in flavours such as banana and Oreo (yes you read right!), and Matcha Floats topped with their in-house Matcha Soft Serve.
With most people heavily induced in sugar comas, we ordered a few servings of their Shaked chips with Teriyaki and Soy & Seaweed toppings, and Chicken Nuggets. The salty goodness offered relief from our sweet overload, whilst slowly sipping on our various cold Matcha drinks.We couldn’t leave without trying one of their legendary Matcha Parfaits so we opted for the Matcha Chocolate Parfait–– a mix of Matcha softserve, fresh fruit, cornflakes, chocolate syrup topped with a waffle cone and Pocky sticks. The refreshing fruity union of sweets and softserve, with the crunchy cornflakes created an exciting textural spoonful.In addition, we ordered one of their specials, the Matcha boat. This huge dish was almost half a meter long and consisted of crushed ice, coffee foam, chocolate foam, Oreos, fresh fruit, matcha soft serve, wafers, pocky sticks, taro balls, red bean paste and other surprising delights. With everyone’s appetite now defeated, this proved too overwhelming and more just pretty to look at, yet I’m sure if we had come on an empty stomach- we would have licked the bowl clean!
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4 Pitt Street, Redfern, Sydney NSW
Phone: (02) 8394 9550
Monday to Saturday 7am-4pm
The Rabbit Hole Organic Tea Bar
146 Abercrombie St, Redfern, Sydney NSW
Phone: (02) 9310 2207
Tuesday to Sunday 9am – 4pm
Thursday 9am – 6pm
Closed on Mondays
Regent Place, 1/501 George Street, Sydney NSW
Phone: (02) 9266 0667
Open 11am- 11pm, seven days
Photography by Jennifer Lam