On the fourth floor of the chrome-plated shopping mall Ginza Six is this well-established and ever popular tea specialist. Nakamura Tokichi hails from Kyoto, the most revered producer of green tea (especially matcha) in Japan. At the front of the shop, you’ll find a great variety of matcha tea and brewing paraphernalia for sale, but beyond a mysterious partition curtain is the real gem: a café.
Everything on the menu is made with matcha, including their soba and udon. The waiter will prepare complimentary tea when you sit down, while describing the day’s selection. The matcha notes in everything from the noodles to the cheesecake are well-balanced and never overpowering. We recommend the matcha soba set, which comes with ginger-topped rice, Kyoto pickles, matcha jelly, and three different ways of seasoning the soup.
For dessert, the wide selection can be overwhelming. Almost every dessert type is represented here, executed to great matcha effect, of course. There are several types of multi-layered parfaits (each featuring a different type of Japanese tea including matcha and hojicha) along with tea jelly, matcha soft-serve and seasonal exclusive such as icy matcha kakigori. If you've always wanted to try koicha, a type of super-thick tea preparation, this is the place to be.