Green tea is one of the most popular teas in Asia, and its popularity has been steadily rising across the globe, and especially here in Toronto. With countless health benefits, and its sweet side, there’s little surprise green tea flavors are popping up all over. Using the flavor of green tea or matcha in desserts gives a taste like no other, and is a must-try. Matcha and green tea are actually the same with one difference. Green tea is first steeped in the leaves, which are removed when consuming. However, matcha is the process of grinding up those very leaves, which often results in a richer taste. High quality matcha used to be hard to come by in Toronto, but now there’s a lengthy list of places offering up that unique taste, with a Torontonian twist. Here’s our guide.
This Japanese cafe chain is serious about their tea. Originating in Japan in 1860, Tsujiri has mastered the art of matcha. They use some of the highest-quality matcha in all of Canada, and the taste backs this up. Offering a huge menu full of matcha goodies, sample the best of everything— try the ‘Tsujiri Sundae.’ The bottom is a layer of roasted crunchy brown rice, and builds up with red bean paste, topped off with a soft serve swirl of matcha ice cream. The sundae also comes with a sakura flower cookie, and shiratama (a chewy ball with mochi-like texture). If you’d like a more traditional approach, try their matcha latte for a beverage that does matcha justice.
Who doesn’t like gelato? While it’s already a near-perfect dessert, Kekou does it even better. This gelato joint has perfected the method of making gelato, and all flavors are made in-house. They also prepare, pasteurize, and age their own base from an open-kitchen. Kekou only uses real fruits and tea, which ensures authentic, pure taste to match their excellent gelato. Be adventurous: while green tea and whiskey seems an unlikely dessert marriage, fusing these two together creates a flavor that is rich with the welcome whiskey kick.
Kekou Gelato, 13 Baldwin St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, +1 416 792 8858