Tsujiri is finally in London!
On Monday 18 April 2016, Tsujiri opened it’s doors in London’s Soho. Having tried them in Taipei and Kuala Lumpur, we of course were there to support them on their grand opening day in London.
Tsujiri is a traditional Japanese tea brand which was established in 1860. Their core philosophy is to serve the best quality green tea. The green tea leaves are carefully selected from Uji in Kyoto – which is THE place for superior green tea. Tsujiri have kept to the traditional method in grinding the tea leaves to bring out it’s best flavour. So when you go to Tsujiri, you know you’re getting some pretty decent stuff!
The London branch is not very big, luckily we got there in the early evening so we managed to get some seats. In the summer though, we can see this place being quite packed and getting a seat inside being rare.
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There’s loads to choose from on the menu and we were spoilt for choice! There is a variety of hot and cold green tea drinks, or you can go for the cold desserts instead. In the end, we decided on the following:
Tsujiri O-matcha soft ice cream cone (£3.95) – this has to be one of the strongest matcha green tea ice-creams we’ve had! If you’re new to matcha, then this simple ice cream cone is probably a good one to start off with. The creamy, soft ice cream paired with the crisp waffle cone was like a match made in heaven. It might appear expensive, considering the amount of ice cream is less than what you might get elsewhere. But it’s a small price to pay, when it comes to quality.
Yuzu O-matcha (£4.45) – this ice cold drink is perfect for a hot summer’s day! We watched how they whisked the matcha powder with a carefully measured amount of water, then poured it on top of the yuzu syrup. It was very cleverly presented as you could see the two distinct layers and you’re instructed to stir thoroughly before drinking it. The strong citrus and zing from the yuzu was a real thirst quencher, but was a little too strong so the matcha taste was lost.
Red bean O-matcha float (£5.45 small) – a slushie type drink with it’s blended ice texture. We chose the red bean flavour as it is a classic combination with matcha. We would’ve liked this more if there was more red bean in this as it did get a little watery in the end. But the generous topping of the soft match ice cream did enough to make up for it!
Tsujiri O-matcha sundae (£4.95) – this was our favourite of the night! A layered sundae that was absolute heaven. At the bottom is a layer of genmai; crispy toasted rice (what you’d get with genmai tea), next is a layer of red bean paste and topped with a swirl of the matcha soft ice cream. You also get a mini shiratama (glutinous riceball), a sweet preserved chestnut and a crispy waffle. All the different flavours worked so well together and the toasted rice pieces added another texture and depth of flavour to the sundae. We just wish there was more in the cup!
We had a good time at Tsujiri and will definitely become regulars to their London branch. It’s the first of it’s kind in London and is definitely worth the try, especially when you see how serious they take their stuff. Each order was carefully made and in accordance with Tsujiri’s strict standards. So we’re giving Tsujiri a total of 4 yums – they may still be finding their feet right now, but Tsujiri is sure to become one of London’s favourites!
We visited Tsujiri again few months ago and tried their Houjicha version (Roasted tea).
Check out our review on Tombo Poke Matcha Bar in Soho ( few minutes walk from Tsujiri) :