Matcha Cafe Maiko "Matcha Soft Cream"
Gem matcha soft serve

Matcha Cafe Maiko, a store specializing in matcha sweets loved in Hawaii, opened on June 24th in Omotesando, Tokyo. The long-awaited first store in Japan.

The signature menu is "Matcha soft serve", which is said to have a rich flavor. The price is 790 yen including tax (690 yen for a cup), which is a very high-class soft serve ice cream.

How rich is the matcha software, which costs nearly 800 yen per piece ... I was curious, so I went to eat it!

◆ Now, go to the first store in Japan

The shop is a 6-7 minute walk from Harajuku station. It is the first basement floor of the building "GYRE" diagonally opposite Omotesando Hills.

Matcha Cafe Maiko
Shop entrance

We will complete the order and payment at the cash register first. This time, I ordered a set menu (1,010 yen including tax) where you can add a drink (matcha or coffee) to the matcha software you are looking for. The drink was matcha, which uses the same matcha as soft serve ice cream.

When you sit at the table with plenty of space, you will notice that the background music in the store, which sways the eardrums comfortably, is not music, but the chirping of birds and the murmuring of the river.

Matcha Cafe Maiko
Relax mode as soon as possible

By the way, the matcha software that was carried on the tray. Matcha powder is sprinkled on a bright green soft serve ice cream that resembles the fresh green of summer.

Matcha Cafe Maiko "Matcha Soft Cream" Set
Matcha soft serve ice cream set

First, scoop with a spoon and take a bite.

Matcha Cafe Maiko "Matcha Soft Cream"
It ’s time to put it in your mouth before it melts.

Umami ~~~ !!! There is not much bitterness, and the umami is stronger! I also feel the sweetness. Insanely elegant taste! The bitterness is the matcha powder topping, which is slightly added.

Moreover, it makes me happy that the tip of the cone is tightly packed without any gaps. I'm full with just soft serve ice cream! This may be worth the price!

Matcha Cafe Maiko "Matcha Soft Cream"
Bitterness <umami / sweetness

In addition, the waffle cone, which is handmade every morning, is crispy and lightly baked, but it has a crunchy texture when chewed. The flavor of fragrant baked goods enhances the taste of matcha. It seems that the number of corn is limited to 80 per day, but I definitely recommend corn over cups.

Matcha, a drink, is not astringent and has a mellow taste and an elegant taste. The bitterness is low, so even beginners of matcha will find it easy to drink.

Matcha Cafe Maiko "Matcha"
Matcha that is easy to drink

By the way, all the menus at the restaurant, including matcha software, use the "highest grade S class" matcha from the long-established store "Harimaen" in Kyoto. It is finished by the traditional method of "light steaming", and is characterized by its rich and light taste and the umami and sweetness of tea that spreads as it passes through the throat.

Matcha Cafe Maiko "Matcha Pancake"
Matcha pancakes look delicious ... (Source: Matcha Cafe Maiko)

◆ Matcha soft set is 500 yen!

This matcha soft serve ice cream and Hawaiian mini Kona coffee set will be offered for 500 yen per coin until July 20th. Limited to the first 80 people each day.

Matcha Cafe Maiko "Matcha Soft Set"
Matcha soft and Kona coffee set (Source: Matcha Cafe Maiko)

Matcha software, which is usually 790 yen, is a great deal for just 500 yen, and bite-sized Kona coffee is also included, so there is no reason not to use it. The temperature has been quite sunny these days, so why not stop by when you take a walk in the Harajuku / Omotesando area?

The store is located on the first basement floor of GYRE, 5-10-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. Business hours are from 11:00 to 20:00.