Matcha café Saryo Tsujiri, originally from Kyoto, is conveniently located on the tenth floor of the Daimaru Tokyo department store adjoining Tokyo Station. Ask for a counter seat facing the large window with views of the surrounding high-rise buildings and even Tokyo Skytree in the distance on clear days. Besides its variety of drinks, such as iced green tea (¥825) and hojicha (roasted green tea) latte (¥957), there’s a range of tea-based desserts – think matcha warabi-mochi dumplings (¥1,496), or a matcha castella cake parfait (¥ 1,474), a layered combination of all things matcha, including cream, castella, ice cream, and sauce.
If you prefer a traditional tea tasting instead, then order a brew of the Karigane Genmaicha (green tea with roasted rice), popular for its fragrant roasted aroma. The tea is served as a set with a sweet treat of your choice. Don’t leave without browsing the café’s little retail section, which sells matcha, hojicha and genmaicha for your tea collection back home.
Note that the menu changes regularly.