Tsujiri Tea House

Saturday, April 23, 2016 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

Tsujiri Tea House is one of the most famous green tea shop in Kyoto. Tsujiri is 155 year old Japanese traditional tea brand, it first started by Riemon Tsuji in 1860. They served genuine and high quality matcha and matcha also famous for it's health and beauty benefits. So girls, get ready to be tempted! Tsujiri It's highly recommended for matcha desserts such as matcha parfait, matcha chiffon cake, matcha shaved iced and many more.

Gion Tsujiri is their main shop, the first floor is allocated for souvenirs, tea shop, take away drinks, desserts and ice creams. The second and third floor consist of seatings area for dining in customers. It was a rainy day around 3pm and there were a long line of people than I knew I arrived at the right tea house.

I have to wait around 30 minutes until I get to sit down at the 2nd floor and look at the amazing menu. They don't have an English menu but almost all of the menu have a picture. I managed to order what I want despite my limited Japanese and the waitress limited English and a lot of awkward confuse laughter in between.

I ordered ice green tea, normally I prefer green tea latte but this time I want to taste the famous tsujiri green tea flavour and it was bitter sweet but refreshing.

Parfait is a must, Japanese people tend to obsessed over parfait and after this amazing matcha latte, it's look like I'm joining the club. This signature Tsujiri parfait is the biggest parfait of all, it consist of matcha whipped cream, matcha castella, chestnuts, matcha jelly, matcha ice cream, azuki bean paste, rice dumplings, matcha sorbet, vanilla ice cream, matcha syrup, green tea pound cake and agar jelly cube (1296yen). Honestly, when I didn't think I could finish it but I did and somehow it was light and not too sweet.

The other popular menu on Tsujiri Tea house is one of their more traditional desserts: Glutinous rice balls with the famous Warabimochi (jelly made from bracken starch) and dusted Kinako (sweet toasted soybean flour). Matcha syrup to pour over the mochi. Everything blends in nicely and the matcha syrup was delicious. The other unique menu is Green tea noodles (1030yen). The green tea noodles was a unique intriguing menu, it arrived in a cloudy soy based broth with spring onions, sesame seeds, silky tofu and fried bean curd. It was served warm, the broth is slightly salty but light. The green tea not too discernible in the noodles ad the textures remind me of cendol. I'm not over the moon with this dish but it's worth the try for matcha lovers.

Overall, I love this place and I would visit this shop as often as I can. According to Tsujiri global websites, they are opening on several international store soon and Australia is on the mix. But for now Tsujiri have several other shop throughout Japan and also in China, Taiwan and Singapore. 

Monday-Sunday: 10am-10pm

Tsujiri Tea House
573-3 Gionmachi Minamigawa
Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
605-0074 Kyoto Prefercture
Tel: +81755612257
www.giontsujiri.co.jp (Japanese only)
Nearest station: Gion shijo (Keihan line)