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Get Your Matcha Cravings At Nana’s Green Tea, ナナズ・グリーンティ!

japanese nanas green tea plaza singapura
Although drinking tea is Japanese’s culture, people there are fascinated with coffee rather than tea. This has inspired the brainchild of the Japanese Starbucks to open the first Nana’s Green Tea in #Jiyugaoka (自由が丘), a district synonymous with sweets.

Nana's concept is based on green tea originated from Japan. which has many benefits to our body, including its cancer-fighting properties.

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Thanks to #NanasGreenTea, hubby & I were invited for a private tasting session at their flagship store in Plaza Singapura!

nanas green tea plaza singapura
Upon arrival at the wide open space at the mall, I was instantly drawn to the modern wooden rectangle frames suspended from the ceiling.

japanese nanas green tea plaza singapura seatings
Nana's Green Tea interior is lined with four rows of suspended square frames, similar to the exterior where there are unique tables that seats 4 to 6 persons per square frame. This clever arrangement of the lit frames allows customers to enjoy modern Japanese cuisine privately despite being in an open concept space.

Touted as the #Starbucks of Japan, the café has a mind-boggling array of interesting teas & desserts to complement your food. Hubby & I actually spent some minutes studying their list of teas in their menu.

japanese nanas green tea matcha float hoji cha
For a start, Hubby picked the #Hoji Latte (ほうじラテ) @ S$7 as he prefers something stronger. The Hoji roasted green tea with milk & sugar has a unique smoky flavor & both of us kinda like it. While too much astringency can taste awful & bitter, a total lack of it can leave your tea tasting flat & boring. The Hoji #Latte has just the right amount of #astringency, adding some intimacy between the drinker & his tea.
Rating: ★★★★★

I had the #Matcha Float (抹茶フロート) @ S$ 8.50. It’s basically a Japanese tea latte topped with a delicious scoop of matcha ice cream. Tea was not too sweet, just nice & rich to my liking. If you prefer something hot, try their Hoji-Cha (ほうじ茶) @ S$ 5.50, which is a roasted premium green tea.
Rating: ★★★★☆

japanese nanas green tea maguro carpaccio
If you’re used to having #Carpaccio in an Italian restaurant, you may find these slices of raw fish too thick. The thickness of the carpaccio here is a cross between the Japanese #sashimi & the Italian raw cuts.
japanese nanas green tea salmon carpaccio
The #Maguro Carpaccio (鮪のカルパッチョ) @ S$9.80 & #Salmon Carpaccio (サーモンのカルパッチョ) @ S$8.80, both served with daikon sprouts, were a refreshing start. The freshly ground black peppercorns brought out the flavours of the raw fish, though the Chef was too heavy-handed with the salad dressing, making the appetizers a tad too salty. Rating: ★★★★☆

japanese nanas green tea chicken karaage
Chicken Karaage (鶏のから揚げ) @ S$6.80 wasn’t too bad a choice either. I’m a fan of Japanese tori karaage. The chicken, lightly coated with wheat flour, was deep-fried till crispy while still maintaining its juiciness. Rating: ★★★★☆

japanese nanas green tea beef curry udon
There’s a 3-star rating on the menu of #NanasGreenTea, telling us we just have to order this #donburi. The Locomoko Don (ロコモコ丼) @ S$15.80 is a rice dish with a thick & juicy beef patty drenched in a Japanese meat sauce. Rating: ★★★★☆

If you’re wondering what #LocoMoco means, it’s actually a Hawaiian traditional meal made popular in Japan, which consists of white rice, topped with a hamburger patty, fried egg & brown gravy. The version here has a healthy mixed of lettuce, tomato & broccoli, making this a wholesome meal.

japanese nanas green tea cold udon prawns avocado
I’m never an #Udon fan. I dislike the thick texture of the noodles with floury taste. So hubby was surprised when I ordered the Ebi Goma Dare Udon (エビ胡麻だれうどん) @ S$14.80 as my main. Moreover, this is a cold noodle! Well, I tried to be adventurous at times & I was glad my effort didn’t backfire. The cold udon was served in Nana’s special sesame sauce with generous helpings of all my fave ingredients - #avocado, #prawns, #cherrytomatoes, & #seaweed! Thumbs-up to this wonderful udon, bathed in their tangy sauce! Rating: ★★★★★

japanese nanas green tea beef curry
I know there’re lots of Japanese Curry fans out there, so you’ll be delighted to know that Nana’s menu also includes a variety of curries. Priced @ S$14.80, you may like to try their Beef Curry Udon (ビーフカレーうどん) with generous slices of beef garnished with spring onions. Rating: ★★★★☆

nanas green tea singapore matcha shiratama parfait
Matcha Shiratama Parfait (抹茶白玉パフェ) @ S$11.80 is one of their signature desserts. Love the layering of Kanten jelly with matcha syrup, red bean paste & cornflakes. The Kanten, which is a traditional Japanese herbal jelly, is somewhat tasteless. Hence, it goes really well with the rest of the stuff in the parfait, although less cream is preferred. Too much cream resulted in an overdose & also, too sweet. Oh, there’s also #mochi. Hubby ate them all cause I’m not a fan of mochi. Rating: ★★★☆☆

Nana’s menu offers the standard Japanese food items, nothing to rave about although quality of food wasn't not too bad. But I’ve to admit they do have quite an extensive assortment of #Tea. The café is now a favourite amongst a new generation of tea drinkers who’re looking for tasty & artistic matcha creations, & the Singapore café is the first outlet outside #Japan!

nanas green tea plaza singapura interior
Nana’s Green Tea Cafe was also awarded the No.1 brand among Japanese cafes. You can see why the café is enjoying a relatively good crowd even on a weekday.

japanese nanas green tea takeaway plaza singapura
They also have a special take-away counter just outside the cafe for the to-go shoppers.

Thank again Nana’s Green Tea, for the invitation! Special thanks to Bobby, Diana & Cecilia for the kind arrangements!

Nana's Green Tea (ナナズ・グリーンティ)
Plaza Singapura
68 Orchard Road
#03-80/82 Plaza Singapura
Tel: +65 6684 4312

48 comments:

  1. walked past nana's green tea earlier this evening with my lady and was tempted to try their desserts, especially the Matcha Shiratama Parfait. we tried a similar one in HK (review was written by my fiancé - http://www.makeyourcaloriescount.com/2013/06/hk-japanese-noodle-dessert-jordan.html) a while ago and was trying to find a better rendition in Singapore but had struggled. guess it dint go particularly well with you guys either..have you by any chance tried one that is calories-worthy and wouldn't mind sharing please? :)

    hope you stayed clear of Monday blues Shirley!

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    1. CY, I haven't actually. Then again, I rarely go for just desserts as I prefer savoury stuff. Great having u here again!

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    2. i was just reading the other comments and it seems like there are a handful of your readers are desserts/green tea fans too! i think we could get some sort of 'green-tea-cafe-crawl' going but its a shame that you ain't a fan of desserts yourself! i shld make a trip to plaza sing one of these days and try out the mains after seeing your review!

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    3. CY, I'm real fussy when it comes to desserts cause I don't like mine too sweet. That being said, I love anything Matcha especially ice-creams; a must-order whenever I go to a Japanese restaurant.

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    4. im with you completely when it comes to desserts, cant stand mine a touch too sweet either so its not really easy to find THE dessert place to go to!

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  2. Unique to use frame as tables while incorporating down lights as the lightings. I'm not a fan of cold raw dishes except Yusheng and vegetables and fruits salad, so I guess I'll never try that raw fish salad if I happen to be there. Matcha Shiratama Parfait looks so tempting and I wouldn't mind trying out their teas. Shall bear this review in mind and catch up with it one of the days...

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    1. DS, nice place to chill out with friends if u're a tea lover. Hope you'll like it just as much :)

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  3. Nana's green tea seems like a great place for tea and light snacks.

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    1. Bal, wonder if you've something similar up where u live......

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  4. Everything looks so DELICIOUS, Shirley. I want that matcha parfait!

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    1. Angie, looks like we've quite a few dessert fans here!

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  5. Thats' quite an awesome spread of dishes. I have to say that all are lovely especially the curry and sashimi dishes. My fav at such outlets will be a drink with anything infused with green tea, somehow the taste is much loved.

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    1. Nava, nice to know that you're also a green tea drinker. Hubby & I used to keep boxes of them in our office & drink them daily.

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  6. Gosh, everything looks so good here. I'd be tempted to try all of it!

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    1. Sharon, cool! Be sure to order their teas.

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  7. I love sipping on tea all day long...how nice that you got to try this new spot!

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    1. Liz, would love to see u bake a matcha cake tho :) Have a lovely week, dear!

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  8. My eyes actually widened at the F&B outlet's name for a moment there. I like anything green tea, especially when it comes to desserts. The parfait there will definitely satiate my cravings for desserts. =D

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    1. Ciana, hahaha! All the dessert fans gathering around here! Time to party??

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    2. Yes, it's definitely time to party with free-flowing green tea and heart-warming, rich desserts. xD

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  9. Looks like I know where to have another dining places when going Singapore again. The Matcha Shiratama Parfait is so tempting

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    1. DD, I'm glad this is going into your list :) Have fun jet-setting!

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  10. Hi Shirley,

    Nice to read your opinion of this restaurant. Wish to try some of their green tea during my next Singapore trip.

    Zoe

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  11. I am a big fan of Japanese Curry and Green Tea! I was surprised to dine at a Curry House in Kyoto where they served with hot spicy ratings of No 1 to 10 for us to choose.

    I must say that the interior designs at Nana's Green Tea Cafe is really modern, unique and beautiful. It would be a pleasure to dine inside such ambiance!

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    1. TM, we've something like this with spicy ratings here too, but it's a ramen restaurant. Be sure to try this place the next time u're in S'pore.

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  12. Shirley you look younger every time I see a photo of you! Thanks for sharing your secrets. ;-)

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    1. YL, hahaha! Perhaps green tea contributed part of it??

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  13. That's a great review. It truly is a unique cafe and I love the decor too. And that's a lovely picture of you and your husband. :) I love anything with green tea, so I've gotta try this cafe when I visit.

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    1. Amy, thks dear! Glad u like the "tour"!

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  14. oh wow!great pictures i love to be there

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    1. Cquek, thks & have a wonderful week!

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  15. I was drooling by the time I reached the end of your post! Wish we had a tea place like that in Seattle - but since Starbucks originated here and is everybody's go-to caffeine fix is coffee, I usually just settle for their matcha green tea lattes because I prefer tea myself. thanks for sharing though, if/when I ever visit Singapore I'll be sure to look for Nana's Green Tea! :)
    ♥ vivian | seattleite fashionista

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    1. Vivian, hahaha! Thks so much for sharing your thoughts with us!

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  16. hie Shirley~~

    wow, interesting on the story of nanas and starbucks..
    the Salmon Carpaccio is something new for me...was that prepared to be eaten raw as well or cooked already? the color seems raw but combination with black pepper might give some new taste~
    anyway it's SIA for me to Tokyo next month~~ wheee...got cheap tickets..RM1900+ cheaper than Airasia by RM200 for that month :D

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    1. Hong, it's raw & it's lovely! Wah, I wanna join u!! Hahaha!

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  17. Hi Shirley, the spread look awesome. Nice place for hangout too.

    Best regards.

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    1. Amelia, do chk out the place the next time u visit your daughter!

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  18. Cool! i'm a huge fan of japanese green tea Shirley, will mark this place down and make a visit when i visit SG next time, thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Ken, nice having another matcha fan here!

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  19. I have walked past its outlet at PS before. I was wondering how does it compare to Starbucks' green tea latte?

    I like green tea! =)

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    1. FC, I've not tried Starbuck's green tea latte. Honestly, I'm not a fan of Starbucks as their drinks are too sweet for my liking :<

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    1. Kylie, do visit the next time u're in SG :)

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  21. I was there last week. Big fan of anything green

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