When Dairy n Cream posted a Matcha Fondue at Nishiki Ichiha 錦一葉 in Nishiki Market on her blog, I knew I had to get my grubby hands on it. Unseen in Singapore yet, this unique fondue would make for a memorable holiday experience and look good on my Instagram wall.
The Matcha Fondue was presented in an exquisite three-tiered wooden lacquerware. Top tier contained the steaming hot and thick thick thick bitterish Matcha Fondue. The two tiers below for one to dip away.
Second tier contained a green tea castella cake, banana cake, grilled namafu (wheat gluten like seitan), chestnut and sweet potato.
Third tier: super sweet strawberry, mochi, dango and shiny black beans with gold leaves.
Get ready for some dipping action!
Every side you dip into will turn nuclear-reactive green. Sounds gross but the strong green tea flavour tasted so good! Plus the fondue was so thick everything was well-coated with minimal dripping. Quite frankly, the sides for dipping were inferior to the ones found elsewhere in Kyoto. The green tea castella cake was way too densed but maybe its because the day before I had sublime ones in a Parfait from Gion Tsujiri (THAT you must seek out! A post coming soon!) The round dango could not hold its shape well and were uglier than the ones offered just outside the café. BUTTT the Matcha Fondue alone is worth a visit to Nishiki Ichiha. It ain’t sickly sweet. It is rich with a smooth luscious consistency. My gfs took a bite and instantly liked it too.
The café has an annoying policy of minimum one order per person despite us visiting at 10am plus (yeah I eat desserts for breakfast even ice-cream parfaits) so one of my gf happily ordered a hot green tea to accompany me. (Love you SY!!!! And I know you will read this… hehe!) They brought a bowl of their popular popcorn to eat with the sweet green tea. SO NICE!
If it is not busy, Nishiki Ichiha is a wonderful respite from the crowds outside. There is a little pretty garden for one to admire while sipping the green tea. However the second best part of Nishiki Ichiha for me is the toilet. I know, I know. I travel for clean toilets. Ridic but it was the cleanest, most modern and spacious toilet in a café or restaurant that I came across during my 10-day trip. Seriously. The lace design on the toilet bowl is very pretty. You go and see for yourself.
|Categories||Matcha/Green Tea, Wagashi(Japanese Sweets), Cafe|
|Address||210, Kajiyacho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-8052|
|Transportation||10-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Stn.|
|Open hours||10am – 6pm (L.O. 5:30pm)|
|Closed||None except January 1st|
|Note||If you like the tableware in this shop, you can also purchase it here!|
￥1,000 – ￥2,000
|Cards||VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners, etc. / Only when it is over ￥3,000|
|Occasion||Romantic/Date, Enjoy with friends|
|Number of seats||47|
|Private dinner rooms||None|
|Non smoking / smoking||Non smoking|