Lunch & Dessert: OMATCHA SALON
This time we have both lunch and dessert at the same restaurant. Come enjoy the variety~
OMATCHA SALON is located on the 8th floor of Parco (the main one, not the annex) Ikebukuro. It is within the station so even if it is raining, you can still be dry! There's also another branch at Tamagawa Takashimaya S.C.The interior is quite pretty with the Japanese garden as the theme. While waiting for your food, you can snap a few shots for Instagram.
I ordered the Thick Cut Bacon Carbonara Cha-soba. The difference in presentation was quite shocking because the ones that came for my friends looked so pretty but mine looked... half eaten. Looking back, it didn't occur to us to get it sent back too so that was one of the disappointments.
If you liked soupy carbonara, this is for you. The lightly grilled broccoli and eggplant was very good. It goes very well with the soup as well. The egg and powdered cheese was a good mix to coat the noodles with. The cha-soba is okay but a little too bland for me. It was quite filling. Even before we got to the end, we were already full.
My other friend ordered the Uji Matcha Soba Seiro with a topping of ebi-ten (shrimp tempura). You can choose the different soba tsuyu (a kind of watery sauce for you to dip your noodles in).
There are 5 choices. My friend picked the original. There's also yakumi (condiments) such as onions and wasabi for you to mix into the sauce giving you the various tastes one dish can have.
I'm sure you have heard of the saying, no matter how full you are, there is always room for dessert. So here we go, dessert time!
There are five flavours to choose from the tiramisu category and I of course went for the Uji Match Tiramisu. The shiratama (the white ball on top - rice flour dumpling) was chewy and the white bits below it were white chocolate flakes which were the perfect sweet accent to the slightly bitter matcha.
The cream beneath that layer was fluffy and light. Hidden inside, there is also anko (red bean paste + red beans) and green tea jelly. The portion was just nice.
The next is Rich Matcha Ice Cream ~ Mitarashi Dango and Warabi Mochi Set. The matcha ice cream didn't really taste very matcha-ish and there was a slight, very slight saltiness to it. The three balls skewered on a stick is the mitarashi dango. It is a traditional Japanese rice dumpling and the sauce is sweet soy sauce glaze.
It's usually sold in supermarkets with 3-4 sticks on box so you can try it the next time you see it. Warabi mochi is less chewy, jelly-like and covered with soybean powder.
If you are looking for something that is slightly bitter, the houji-cha ice cream is a perfect choice. The fragrant smell and flavour of the tea is very prominent in this dessert.
Did you know that houji-cha has almost no caffeine in it? So if you are one of those people who gets insomnia after taking any sort of coffee or tea (like me), you can now relax and eat this happily (unless you are very sensitive to caffeine).
Last but not least, I present you the most fancy of them all: Matcha Sweets Assortment ZEN with a cup of matcha as well. There was syrup for the warabi mochi as well.
There was the mitarashi dango, two different flavours of warabi mochi, a small blob of orange, green tea cheese cake, green tea cookie, a strawberry, one little sweet potato, and in the middle is a green tea tart with chestnut on top.
If you go around Japan in autumn, one of the desserts that you will always see is chestnut-flavoured. So make sure you try it in autumn!
Be warned that this restaurant has a 90-minutes time limit and it doesn't matter if you ordered a lot or if you are still eating, they will still keep reminding you.
See you next time for more good food~
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