Tsujirihei, one of the most famous tea shops in Kyoto, also makes some of the best matcha parfaits in Kyoto
When talking about Uji and matcha, the talk naturally often starts from Tsujirihei, one of the most famous tea shops originating from Uji. Their main store is a teahouse a 5-minute walk from JR Uji Station that specializes in sweets and tea. There are not many teahouses even in Uji that take their tea as seriously as Tsujirihei. This teahouse is a great place to try and get to know Japanese tea culture a bit better – maybe even have your very first gyokuro here! (Gyokuro is the Jamaican Blue Mountain of Japanese tea.)
One of the best things about Tsujirihei is that their sweets are not too sweet. Even their traditional Japanese sweets have a refined sweetness to them; the tastes don’t overpower the delicate tastes of the tea with their sweetness.
/ Prices change depending on season
In the picture, you can see the winter parfait, which uses an ample amount of Japanese strawberries on it. The most interesting thing about this parfait is that it changes seasonally, so in effect having this parfait is the equivalent of having a seasonal kaiseki dinner. The winter parfait in the picture is 1,800 yen but the prices differ based on the season.
The parfaits all come with a matcha sauce you can use to make the taste of matcha even stronger.
This is one of the most classic things you can have at Tsujirihei, their world-renowned matcha parfait, which in Japanese is named “Tsujirihei proudly presents: matcha parfait.” This parfait is also served with matcha sauce and topped with a carefully handmade matcha cookie and matcha chocolate truffle.
Matcha warabimochi with matcha sauce
If you want to try something even more traditional, then this would be a nice start. The matcha warabimotchi taste pretty good by themselves, but the taste becomes truly alive when you pour matcha sauce on them. The kinako powder used in the warabimochi makes the taste go really well with some tea with a lot of umami like gyokuro.
Matcha and hojicha chocolate truffles
These Japanese truffles are actually chestnuts covered with matcha and hojicha chocolate. The most incredible thing about these truffles is that they’re made to order, so you get to eat them fresh and at their most delicious.