Nana’s Green Tea Café – Japan’s ‘Starbucks’ Now At Plaza Singapura

Nana’s Green Tea Café - Japan's 'Starbucks' Now At Plaza Singapura
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What’s the next big thing in Singapore for food? Looking at new Japanese cafes such as Maccha House, Dolce Tokyo, Hoshino Coffee, Saint Marc’s, Tsujiri Tea House and Nana’s Green Tea (so many!), I think it is Matcha.

Yes matcha, the fine Japanese powdered green tea which is said to boost metabolism, reduce cholesterol, and moderate stress responses. The reason why Japanese have long life?

When I first went to Nana’s Green Tea Café at Tokyo SkyTree Japan, I fell in love with the ambience, dessert, service and food. It was like Japanese tai-tai dream place to chit-chat about their children and pets. With 32 branches in Japan, it is termed as the “Japanese Starbucks”. But no offence to Starbucks, Nana’s Green Tea (in Japan) had this additional charm that is hard to put into words and difficult to replicate.

And so Nana’s Green Tea came to JCube Singapore. Wrong location. Closed. Next.

Plaza Singapura’s new The Atrium extension seems to be the right fit for Nana’s Green Tea Café, with many Japanese neighbours from clothing mega-store Uniqlo, semi-buffet restaurant Hifumi, Nabemono place Tsukada Nojo, to café Hoshino Coffee.

Although Nana’s Green Tea is known to be a café, it also sells several main courses such as dons, udons and sushi rolls, with a more localised menu quite unlike the ones in Japan.

The Ebi Fried Curry Don I had was $14.80, and weekday lunch sets are pretty affordable at $13.90 with a beverage from Matcha, Hoji to Azuki.

Some of its dishes are fairly interesting-tasting, such as is Gyu Shabu Goma Dare Udon ($15.80) where you get cold udon noodles served with very thinly sliced beef. The special sesame sauce was lightly fragrant and not too heavy on its savour. I am not usually a thick noodle person, but their version makes it feel like healthy and manageble. I do wonder how many customers who are used to hot piping food, can fancy cold udon though.

Desserts, such as its Matcha Anmitsu ($8.80), are definitely its strength. It may not blow you away but makes a decent afternoon tea-time treat, with its azuki red bean paste smooth and satisfying. Its signature drinks include Matcha Latte ($7.00), MatchaShiratama Float ($9.00), Hoji Chocolate Latte ($8.00) and Genmai Cha ($5.50).

Perhaps it is the low awareness, lack of strong branding or a special X-factor, my guess is people would still rather choose a Starbucks green tea frappucino over a Nana Green Tea’s matcha latte. A pity really.

[Giveaway Ended] Nana’s Green Tea Café Giveaway!
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Nana’s Green Tea Café
The Atrium @ Orchard, Plaza Singapura 68 Orchard Road #03-80/82 Singapore 238839 (Dhoby Ghaut MRT) Tel: +65 6684 4312
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm

Other Japanese Restaurant Entries
Hifiumi (Plaza Singapura)
Hoshino Coffee (Plaza Singapura)
Dulcet & Studio (Liang Court)
Sushi Tei (Ngee Ann City)
Yayoiken (Bugis+)

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Comments

  1. Matcha Latte

  2. My favourite beverage is the MatchaShiratama Float!

  3. My favourite dessert is Matcha Anmitsu..drooling now..:)

  4. My favourite is Matcha Anmitsu!

  5. It looks great, want to try but have yet to find a chance to. =P

  6. MatchaShiratama Float!!!! YUM YUM YUM!!!

  7. Love the MatchaShiratama Float!! Yummy yummy yum!

  8. Hoji Chocolate Latte

  9. My favourite drink is Matcha Latte.

  10. My favourite drink is Matcha Latte.

  11. The matcha latte:)

  12. matcha soy latte

  13. Matcha <3

  14. Definitely Matcha Latte!! Anytime anywhere ^_^

  15. Matcha Anmitsu

  16. My favorite dessert is Matcha Anmitsu <3

  17. A pity the J Cube outlet is closed, now I have to travel further to enjoy matcha and matching desserts, but at least it is still up and running somewhere.

  18. Fave would be Matcha Anmitsu ! it has a bit of everything i love!! 😀

  19. yummy yummy!

  20. It has to be MatchaShiratama Float for me!

  21. matcha latte

  22. Matcha Latte

  23. Its definitely Matcha Latte!
    Love to e max.. if only I can have it everyday!

  24. Matcha Latte

  25. Matcha Latte

  26. love the Matcha Shiratama Float :)

  27. Nana Green Tea’s Matcha Latte!

  28. Liked & Shared! Nana Green Tea’s Matcha Latte!

  29. Matcha Anmitsu

  30. Matcha latte! (;

  31. favorite: macha latte!

  32. Love anything related to green tea or matcha! I’m sure I’d have more than sufficient level of antioxidants with their desserts & drinks.

  33. Matcha Latte

  34. Matcha Latte

  35. Matcha Anmitsu is my favorite ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥.

  36. Matcha Shiratama Float!!!

  37. Matcha Anmitsu!

  38. Matcha Anmitsu…yummy

  39. Matcha Anmitsu! :)

  40. The Matcha Latte!

  41. The Matcha Anmitsu!

  42. Matcha Anmitsu…I loves azuki red bean paste 😛

  43. Matcha Latte :) Happy Lunar New Year!

  44. Matcha Anmitsu, my favourite!

  45. My favourite is Matcha Latte.

  46. Matcha Latte.

  47. Matcha Anmitsu

  48. Matcha Latte.

  49. Matcha Anmitsu

  50. MatchaShiratama Float

  51. I love matcha here matcha there.. matcha everywhere…

  52. Matcha Anmitsu

  53. Matcha Latte! My favourite! おいしい!だいすき!

  54. Favourite drink is Matcha Latte…..Love it.

  55. My favourite is Matcha Anmitsu.

  56. My favorite dessert is Matcha Anmits

  57. Matcha Anmitsu!!!

  58. my fav is matcha anmitsu!

  59. Matcha Latte! awesome balance of bitterness from the matcha and sweet creamy taste from the milk! OIISHI! 😀

  60. Matcha Shiratama Float! 😀

  61. My favourite is Hoji Chocolate Latte !

  62. My fave is Matcha Anmitsu :)

  63. Matcha latte, even better with azuki beans!

  64. My favourite drink/ dessert is Matcha Shiratama Float

  65. My favourite is Matcha Anmitsu! <3

  66. My favorite is Matcha Anmitsu! <3

  67. My favorite is Matcha Anmitsu! <#

  68. My Favorite is Matcha Anmitsu! <3

  69. My favorite is matcha latte!

  70. I love the Matcha Latte! <3

  71. Sorry, but it's not the real deal. They use a quick mix powder somewhere close to ingredient grade and machine whisk the base. Granted it's not as bad as Starbucks melon flavourings infused concoction, but if you want the real deal you need to go to one of the bespoke modern matcha latte cafe restaurants in Japan – this is Macdonalds by comparison!

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