[Kaohsiung, Taiwan] Le Naturalisme 裸體主義 is no stranger to the matcha lovers residing in Kaohsiung, especially with one entire menu offering matcha desserts and drinks.
“Am I in Japan?”
Located in a Japanese-lookalike teahouse with a spacious courtyard, the exterior eludes a sense of “zen”.
Not to take the Chinese words “裸體主義” literally, which refers to being in the “nude form”, we went indoors fully- clothed.
In fact, Le Naturalisme refers to the philosophical meaning of “going back to basic and nature”, which is reflected in the simplicity of the ambience and the true flavours in their food.
Using Marukyu- Koyamaen Matcha powder with more than 300 years of history from Uji, Kyoto, the menu features a selection of Matcha only desserts and drinks.
Prepare to get an overdose of matcha such as Whisked Matcha (NT$200-250, SGD9-11.40), Matcha Latte (NT$220, SGD10) and Matcha desserts (NT$100-180, SGD4.50-8.20).
For the matcha-holic fans, set meals (Single pax NT$400, SGD18.20, Two pax NT$780-820, SGD 35.50-37.20) are available and more economical for those seeking to try a few items on the menu.
Do note that the minimum spending here (like most other cafes in Taiwan) is set as a beverage per person.
We had the Set Meal for 2 (NT$780, SGD35.50) that comes with their signature Intense Matcha Millecrepe Cake (U.P. NT$180, SGD8.20), Matcha Tart (U.P. NT$120, SGD5.50), Matcha Cheesecake (U.P. NT$120, SGD5.50), 2 sets of Dango (U.P. NT$100, SGD4.50 each) and choice of 2 drinks.
My favourite is the Intense Matcha Millecrepe Cake (NT$180, SGD8.20) with alternating layers of thick dark shade of green matcha cream in between the layers of crepe.
So “gao” aka rich, so intense, so satisfying!
The Matcha Cheesecake (U.P. NT$20, SGD5.50) was worth a mention. Instead of the usual texture of a cheesecake, a lighter version of cream cheese frosting was layered on top of the matcha cake, which had a similar texture to that of a pound cake.
The matcha taste was as distinct in the Matcha Cheesecake, with subtle hint of sweetness from the cream cheese frosting on it.
A real-life emoji Dango (NT$100, SGD4.50) made from rice flour was served with Kinako (roasted soybean flour).
Without much difference in flavours between the 3 colours, the dango was soft, chewy and probably one of the better ones around.
4 different types of Matcha beverages (TWD 220, SGD$ 10) were available: Matcha Latte, Matcha Latte with Red Beans, Matcha Latte with Cotton Candy and Genmaicha Latte.
Comes in a tall glass, the milk foam is whisked to form a light and airy structure without overpowering the taste of matcha.
Definitely one of the must-visit place in Kaohsiung for matcha-holics, Le Naturalisme is truly dedicated to their craft in fusioning the most basic form of matcha with current food trends.
Le Naturalisme 裸體主義
新興區達仁街88號, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
No. 88, Daren Street, Xinxing District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
Opening Hours: 11am – 6pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 6.30pm (Sat – Sun)
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* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.