It’s always exciting when Oh! Matcha (or Chanoma Cafe as it was formerly known) comes out with a new seasonal item on their menu. And just in time for my birthday back in November, they came out with desserts and drinks based on kinako (roasted soybean flour) and kuromitsu (black sugar syrup) as part of their Kyoto series.
This is the Kyoto Anmitsu ($7.90) with agar agar, anko (red bean paste), azuki beans, dango and kinako soft serve drizzled with kuromitsu.
The star here is the kinako soft serve, which delivers on the characteristic nuttiness with a gentle sweetness from the kuromitsu. The anko was smooth while the azuki beans added a firmer texture to the softness. As ever, I’m not a fan of the crumbly texture of agar agar jelly.
And this is the Kyoto Matcha Thick Shake ($6.90) with kinako blended with matcha soft serve and topped with whipped cream and kuromitsu.
It was a bit worrying when we visited the first day this new menu was available and the lady making the drink was followed around by another holding the recipe telling her how to make the drink. Unfortunately, the newness of this menu item shows in the drink with it having an overly watery consistency. The dominant flavour is matcha, although the characteristic bitter finish is rounded by the nuttiness of the kinako. That said, the flavour of kinako is very subtle and it’d be difficult to identify the flavour without prior knowledge.
We’ll likely return once they’re more practiced with their new items.
Oh! Matcha is located at Basement, World Square, 644 George Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000.