Value for money: 7/10
Quality of food: 7/10
We’re not looking at the highest quality matcha, nor the nicest atmosphere (fairly busy, inside the department store and facing the main road), but Matcha Ways is pretty good.
The menu is a good size, offering most of what you would want…
We didn’t get the cheesecake, this time, but I have had it in the past and it is delicious!
抹茶重乳酪起司培 mǒ chá zhòng rǔ lào qǐ sī tǎ
Matcha custard tart
抹茶即拿 mǒ chá jí ná
Matcha pastry puff
The matcha puff was alright – light pastry, enough filling and not very sweet. But, honestly, I would pay an extra $25 and go for the tart instead.
The pie was pretty good, and gone fairly quickly (always a sign of deliciousness). You can see that the pastry is thin and crispy and that the matcha custard filling is in no way dry – it gets 2 thumbs up!
徹思叔叔聖代 ché sī shū shū shèng dài
Uncle Tetsu’s matcha bowl
I still maintain that the matcha bowl at 平安京茶事 round 1
/ 平安京茶事 round 2
is far superior to any other I have tried, to date. However, this one is much less expensive!
The make up: copious amounts of thick, rich matcha ice cream – pretty good, but the matcha flavour is fairly weak. We also have two sticky mochi balls (not much flavour, but great for texture), red beans (sugary, sweet, earthy, delicious) and some matcha jelly (more bitter than the ice cream, and a good contrast because of this).
抹茶霜淇淋 mǒ chá shuāng qí lín
Matcha ice cream
Definitely miles better than a convenience store special ice cream flavour and much better than a few other places I have tried. But, the matcha flavour isn’t very strong. It is rich and delicious, but not very bitter.
The bottom line:
If you want convenience and still a fair level of quality, then here is your ticket.
Monday – Sunday
10:30 – 22:00
02 2563 6529
No. 337, NanJing East Road, Section 3, SongShan District, Taipei City
B2 and 1F both have places, but this is a review of 1F