A Japanese cafe which sells all types of japanese bites from green tea parfaits, desserts, coffee and other beverages to sushi and dons.
Nana's Green Tea Hot
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A place for green tea fanatics
I first visited Nanas Green tea when i was in Osaka and absolutely loved it. I tried their Green tea parfait and was blown away - it was a perfect blend of textures and flavours. It included a scoop of vanilla ice cream, Japanese Mochi, Red bean and green tea agar agar - so much ingredients for a price of
Mad For Matcha
If you like green tea, you should definitely come here. Hailing from Japan, this cafe serves authentic matcha and hojicha, and you can taste the difference. Sweet with a hint of bitterness that reminds me slightly of seaweed, the real taste of green tea!
The drinks are expensive though, even more so than Starbucks. They range from $8-$12. The best thing to do is go on a weekday during the lunch period, they have lunch promotions that are much more worth it.
Their desserts are also worth trying, parfaits, sundaes, you name it they have it! I like the meld of rice balls, azuki bean, crunchy cornflakes and ice cream - coming together to form a deliciousness that is a parfait. Just thinking about me makes me feel like going back for more.
Take note, it has recently gained popularity so do be prepared to queue when you go down!
Mad for Matcha
I am always skeptical of places with queues so after 15 minutes in line outside Nana's, I was expecting to leave disappointed. To my pleasant surprise, our Matcha & White Pearl Parfait ($11.80) was anything but disappointing. Thick swirls of vanilla with matcha ganache, crunchy cornflakes, matcha ice cream and azuki make for a decadent and satisfying dessert. I like to believe that my dessert that day was healthier than usual. After all, matcha is supposed to have antioxidant properties. Regardless, I loved the mix of textures and the rich aroma of green tea in every bite of my parfait. I'll be back when my matcha craving takes over.
Go for the desserts
Nana green tea, like its name suggests, specialises in their matcha products. Their menu is extensive and consists of drinks, desserts, main course and even sushi.
I'm a huge matcha lover and I had to try nana since they are conveniently located in plaza singapura. Their green tea products are really quite impressive. Since I was there for dinner, I ordered a bowl of chicken teriyaki don, a cup of green tea latte and a dessert to share.
The teriyaki don wasn't good, to be honest. But the yummy drinks and desserts made up for it. The green tea latte that I ordered was full of matcha flavour and milky indeed. There was a slight tinge of bitterness from the green tea which I like. The dessert too, came with green tea soft serve, mochi, and azuki red beans. The soft serve was soft for sure, and flavourful too. It paired so well with the red beans which were sweet. Lovely, I must say.
Be sure to have their desserts at nana if you're expecting a good meal . It's a good place to sit and chill over some drinks and desserts and catch up with life. I see myself doing that pretty often.
There always seems to be a long, snaking queue outside Nana's Green Tea, so when my friends and I chanced upon a somewhat shorter queue at a late lunch hour, we decided to give this place a try.
With its wide array of green tea-related desserts, Nana's Green Tea is practically heaven for all green tea lovers out there. The eatery offers set meals and main courses, mainly japanese style food such as udon, rice and curry, but their highlight is still definitely their matcha dessert. I tried the Matcha Azuki Shiratama Latte and it was awesome. Matcha matched with red beans, mochi and cream is simply heavenly. The other matcha desserts we tried were equally impressive too, or perhaps it was because we were suckers for any matcha desserts.
The only point that would prevent people from coming here would probably be the high prices for its desserts, which costs around $8 or more for a cup of matcha dessert. A good idea is to go during lunch hour, when they have lunchtime promotions and the prices are much more affordable.
Green Tea Heaven
I am the biggest Green Tea fan and when Nana's Green Tea sprung up, how could I resist paying them a visit?
Other than green tea food items, they do sell Japanese food like ramen, udon and sushi but most people go there for the green tea desserts. I tried the green tea latte which was too rich for my taste but still, super nice. One setback would definitely be the prices. They're really quite expensive for desserts, ranging from $7 to $13 for their parfait.
I was also quite upset that their green tea soft-served ice cream was only available for take-aways and I couldn't bring them into the cafe area? What is this atrocity? I was so upset but ok, my green tea latte with vanilla ice cream made up for it.
Be sure to get there early or not during peak hours because the queue can get real long.
Not everything goes well with green tea
A drink passed down from the centuries, green tea's legendary fame as the drink of choice permeates even today, of which Nana's is just an example of the legacy. Nana's uses Matcha green tea, which comes in powder form. Simply add some hot water to it and wait for the fragrance, a feeling of transcendence wafting from a small cup.
The benefits of green tea are extremely well known. not only does it cleanse your system, but it is known for promoting good health, extending one's lifespan and improving memory. Reliably, green tea goes well with pretty much everything as well. That is, until I experienced it with a meal of cheese udon.
On that fateful day, I ordered a cup of steaming matcha tea as well as Nana's salmon cheese curry udon (For first time patronisers, don't worry about everything been absolutely green tea, you can still get a decent meal of other dishes here too). Unfortunately, I discovered though sounding nice in name, cheese, curry and green tea (especially a hot one) does not go well with each other, and this made me nauseous as I ate.
However, for dessert, the green tea signatures are really worth paying for. Take for example, the green tea ice cream, whilst not as sweet as one hopes ice-cream to be, is relatively tasty and original.
In summary, just be careful of what you match with green tea. Check combatibility before consumption.
Specialises in Beverage and Desserts
I’ve been wanting to try dining here for a long time as it seemed like a nice and comfortable place to chill and enjoy Japanese food and desserts. Finally, I got the chance to have dinner at the Plaza Singapura outlet a few nights back.
The exterior of the shop is really eye-catching – lighted golden panels encircle the restaurant, giving it a kind of regal and luxurious feel. In fact, the restaurant has no walls apart from the kitchen, which is tucked away in a corner.
I had the Sukiyaki Udon as well as the Matcha Anmitsu for dessert. The udon was alright, fresh and filling. However, I wasn’t a fan of the soup. It had a weird flavour that is hard to describe. Needless to say, I finished all of the udon and beef but left behind quite a bit of soup.
Thankfully, the Matcha Anmitsu was much better. The slight bitterness of the green tea ice cream perfectly balanced out the sweetness of the red bean paste. The kanten jelly and glutinous rice balls also completed the dish really well. Though it is pricey, I highly recommend it! This dessert is sure to cool you down and make you forget your worries for a while.
A lot of people come here mainly for their desserts and drinks. Also, because these can cost roughly $7-$12, most people choose to share. I recommend paying Nana’s a visit for their drinks and desserts instead of their main courses. There is a lot more to choose from and you can expect higher quality. Besides, for main courses, you’d be much better off dining at a place that specializes in food rather than sweets and beverages.
Great food too!
Anyone who bypasses this store would probably perceive it to be yet another dessert chain but not only do they specialize in Japanese Green Tea and desserts, they do have a fair share of mains too!
Finally got a chance to indulge in dining at Nana's instead of just having their signature tea and I ordered the Curry Cheese Salmon Udon. The assistance provided was rather quick and it wasn't long before our mains got served. It wasn't as piping hot as I like it to be but it was okay.
The curry broth was also not as thick like the usual curry udons I've tried elsewhere but they were surprisingly tasty. The cheese-infused curry complemented the salmon and broccoli that it was paired with and contributed to my list of satisfying curry dishes. It was also not overly cheesy!
If you love tea...
The word ‘slushie’ brings to mind icy-cold, smooth bursts of flavor. When my eyes ate up the picture of the green tea slushie with soft serve on top on the menu, I knew my mind was made up for me.
While the food was okay, not fantastic, it did not chill my excitement for dessert. Nana’s green tea, well as you can tell, is known for their… green tea! So for ‘dessert’ or after meal drink, I had the green tea slushi, with vanilla soft serve ice-cream on top. I opted for the additional topping of kuromitsu, which is Japanese black (or brown) sugar syrup.
The tea itself was fantastic, as expected, and it was naturally fragrant. There was a slight astringency which was well balanced with the ultra-smooth soft serve. But the slushie itself was not blended as smooth. Its texture was coarse and unrefined which made me feel like I was chewing on ice chips- not cool at all. I would suggest ordering the green tea on its own and adding on the soft serve if you prefer something sweeter.