Kyo Hayashi, the Matcha specialist shop since 1753, is known as the originator of matcha and hojicha desserts. From the first establishment in Kanazawa, they have had as many as 10 outlets around Japan, including Kyoto, Hakata and Tokyo, and now expanding to Hong Kong.
We loved the scoop of hojicha ice cream. It melts nicely as a blend with the fragrant hojicha jelly despite the tasteless kanten and overly sweetened red bean paste, in addition to black sugar syrup on the side.
While they are renowned for parfait combination, a special version is exclusively served at the new Hong Kong branch. Comprised of rich matcha soft serve, a layer of unsweetened whipped cream, red bean paste, which is again too sweet, and kanten of a very abnormal texture. Fortunately, it is completed with chewy dango and fairly delicious warabimochi.
The least impressive treat would be the cake roll.
A piece of matcha roll cake comes as a set with red bean paste, dango and a scoop of matcha ice cream. The sponge seems to lack moisture, fluffiness even though the sweet-to-bitter balance of that matcha cream filling is merely acceptable.
We also spotted a half-moon shaped matcha pudding made with fresh cream and milk.
All in all, this matcha cafe would be the secondi choice after all other popular ones.
Hojicha Shaved Ice
Hojicha ice cream, Hojicha jelly, kanten, azuki bean paste, kuromitsu syrup
焙茶雪糕, 焙茶啫喱, 寒天, 紅豆蓉, 黑蜜
Hong Kong Special Parfait
Maccha soft cream, maccha warabimochi, dango, whipped cream, kanten, maccha jelly, mixed fruits
抹茶軟雪糕, 抹茶蕨餅, 白玉丸子, 忌廉, 寒天, 抹茶啫喱, 新鮮水果
Roll Cake Set
Maccha ice cream, azuki bean paste, dango
抹茶雪糕, 紅豆蓉, 日本丸子