Nana’s Green Tea Café – Japan’s ‘Starbucks’ Now At Plaza Singapura

   

What’s the next big thing in Singapore for food? Looking at new Japanese cafes such as Maccha House, Dolce Tokyo, Hoshino Coffee, Saint Marc’s, Tsujiri Tea House and Nana’s Green Tea (so many!), I think it is Matcha.

Yes matcha, the fine Japanese powdered green tea which is said to boost metabolism, reduce cholesterol, and moderate stress responses. The reason why Japanese have long life?

When I first went to Nana’s Green Tea Café at Tokyo SkyTree Japan, I fell in love with the ambience, dessert, service and food. It was like Japanese tai-tai dream place to chit-chat about their children and pets. With 32 branches in Japan, it is termed as the “Japanese Starbucks”. But no offence to Starbucks, Nana’s Green Tea (in Japan) had this additional charm that is hard to put into words and difficult to replicate.

And so Nana’s Green Tea came to JCube Singapore. Wrong location. Closed. Next.

Plaza Singapura’s new The Atrium extension seems to be the right fit for Nana’s Green Tea Café, with many Japanese neighbours from clothing mega-store Uniqlo, semi-buffet restaurant Hifumi, Nabemono place Tsukada Nojo, to café Hoshino Coffee.

Although Nana’s Green Tea is known to be a café, it also sells several main courses such as dons, udons and sushi rolls, with a more localised menu quite unlike the ones in Japan.

The Ebi Fried Curry Don I had was $14.80, and weekday lunch sets are pretty affordable at $13.90 with a beverage from Matcha, Hoji to Azuki.

Some of its dishes are fairly interesting-tasting, such as is Gyu Shabu Goma Dare Udon ($15.80) where you get cold udon noodles served with very thinly sliced beef. The special sesame sauce was lightly fragrant and not too heavy on its savour. I am not usually a thick noodle person, but their version makes it feel like healthy and manageble. I do wonder how many customers who are used to hot piping food, can fancy cold udon though.

Desserts, such as its Matcha Anmitsu ($8.80), are definitely its strength. It may not blow you away but makes a decent afternoon tea-time treat, with its azuki red bean paste smooth and satisfying. Its signature drinks include Matcha Latte ($7.00), MatchaShiratama Float ($9.00), Hoji Chocolate Latte ($8.00) and Genmai Cha ($5.50).

Perhaps it is the low awareness, lack of strong branding or a special X-factor, my guess is people would still rather choose a Starbucks green tea frappucino over a Nana Green Tea’s matcha latte. A pity really.

[Giveaway Ended] Nana’s Green Tea Café Giveaway!
Nana’s Green Tea Café will be giving away 5 complimentary lunch sets*
All you need to do is to
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Nana’s Green Tea Café
The Atrium @ Orchard, Plaza Singapura 68 Orchard Road #03-80/82 Singapore 238839 (Dhoby Ghaut MRT) Tel: +65 6684 4312
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm

Other Japanese Restaurant Entries
Hifiumi (Plaza Singapura)
Hoshino Coffee (Plaza Singapura)
Dulcet & Studio (Liang Court)
Sushi Tei (Ngee Ann City)
Yayoiken (Bugis+)

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73 Responses to “Nana’s Green Tea Café – Japan’s ‘Starbucks’ Now At Plaza Singapura”

  1. Winston Teo
    February 13, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    Matcha Latte

  2. clarissa yeo
    February 13, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    My favourite beverage is the MatchaShiratama Float!

  3. February 13, 2013 at 3:08 am #

    My favourite dessert is Matcha Anmitsu..drooling now..:)

  4. Tan Bao Ren
    February 13, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    My favourite is Matcha Anmitsu!

  5. February 13, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    It looks great, want to try but have yet to find a chance to. =P

  6. February 13, 2013 at 3:14 am #

    MatchaShiratama Float!!!! YUM YUM YUM!!!

  7. Leena Soh
    February 13, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    Love the MatchaShiratama Float!! Yummy yummy yum!

  8. eddy khoo
    February 13, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    Hoji Chocolate Latte

  9. February 13, 2013 at 3:34 am #

    My favourite drink is Matcha Latte.

  10. February 13, 2013 at 3:34 am #

    My favourite drink is Matcha Latte.

  11. February 13, 2013 at 3:36 am #

    The matcha latte:)

  12. esther
    February 13, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    matcha soy latte

  13. February 13, 2013 at 3:54 am #

    Matcha <3

  14. June Lee
    February 13, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    Definitely Matcha Latte!! Anytime anywhere ^_^

  15. February 13, 2013 at 4:00 am #

    Matcha Anmitsu

  16. February 13, 2013 at 4:02 am #

    My favorite dessert is Matcha Anmitsu <3

  17. February 13, 2013 at 4:08 am #

    A pity the J Cube outlet is closed, now I have to travel further to enjoy matcha and matching desserts, but at least it is still up and running somewhere.

  18. February 13, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    Fave would be Matcha Anmitsu ! it has a bit of everything i love!! 😀

  19. February 13, 2013 at 4:16 am #

    yummy yummy!

  20. February 13, 2013 at 4:18 am #

    It has to be MatchaShiratama Float for me!

  21. sinern
    February 13, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    matcha latte

  22. Zeng Zen
    February 13, 2013 at 4:30 am #

    Matcha Latte

  23. KW Woon
    February 13, 2013 at 4:43 am #

    Its definitely Matcha Latte!
    Love to e max.. if only I can have it everyday!

  24. edwin
    February 13, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

    Matcha Latte

  25. Jingting
    February 13, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    Matcha Latte

  26. Gryphon Tee
    February 13, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    love the Matcha Shiratama Float :)

  27. Veralynn Tan
    February 13, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    Nana Green Tea’s Matcha Latte!

  28. Jacky Choi
    February 13, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    Liked & Shared! Nana Green Tea’s Matcha Latte!

  29. Jessie Sng
    February 13, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    Matcha Anmitsu

  30. Sandra
    February 13, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    Matcha latte! (;

  31. February 13, 2013 at 6:07 am #

    favorite: macha latte!

  32. Justin Chong
    February 13, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    Love anything related to green tea or matcha! I’m sure I’d have more than sufficient level of antioxidants with their desserts & drinks.

  33. Jane Lee
    February 13, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    Matcha Latte

  34. elaine
    February 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    Matcha Latte

  35. February 13, 2013 at 7:19 am #

    Matcha Anmitsu is my favorite ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥.

  36. Alexial
    February 13, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    Matcha Shiratama Float!!!

  37. Sonia Yong
    February 13, 2013 at 8:06 am #

    Matcha Anmitsu!

  38. February 13, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    Matcha Anmitsu…yummy

  39. February 13, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

    Matcha Anmitsu! :)

  40. February 13, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    The Matcha Latte!

  41. February 13, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    The Matcha Anmitsu!

  42. Alex Toh
    February 13, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    Matcha Anmitsu…I loves azuki red bean paste 😛

  43. Grace
    February 13, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    Matcha Latte :) Happy Lunar New Year!

  44. Sharin Chia
    February 13, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    Matcha Anmitsu, my favourite!

  45. February 13, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    My favourite is Matcha Latte.

  46. February 13, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    Matcha Latte.

  47. February 13, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    Matcha Anmitsu

  48. paul tan
    February 14, 2013 at 3:10 am #

    Matcha Latte.

  49. Michelle Ang
    February 14, 2013 at 3:13 am #

    Matcha Anmitsu

  50. Missy Grace L
    February 13, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    MatchaShiratama Float

  51. Ken Ho
    February 14, 2013 at 2:09 am #

    I love matcha here matcha there.. matcha everywhere…

  52. Augustine
    February 14, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    Matcha Anmitsu

  53. Xin Di
    February 14, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    Matcha Latte! My favourite! おいしい!だいすき!

  54. February 14, 2013 at 5:08 am #

    Favourite drink is Matcha Latte…..Love it.

  55. Pei Chwen
    February 14, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    My favourite is Matcha Anmitsu.

  56. February 14, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

    My favorite dessert is Matcha Anmits

  57. Chin Ming
    February 15, 2013 at 12:24 am #

    Matcha Anmitsu!!!

  58. February 14, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    my fav is matcha anmitsu!

  59. Tan Yi Ying
    February 15, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    Matcha Latte! awesome balance of bitterness from the matcha and sweet creamy taste from the milk! OIISHI! 😀

  60. Tan Yi Jing
    February 15, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    Matcha Shiratama Float! 😀

  61. February 15, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

    My favourite is Hoji Chocolate Latte !

  62. Wang Cuixia
    February 16, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    My fave is Matcha Anmitsu :)

  63. February 17, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

    Matcha latte, even better with azuki beans!

  64. Grace
    February 18, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    My favourite drink/ dessert is Matcha Shiratama Float

  65. February 18, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    My favourite is Matcha Anmitsu! <3

  66. admin
    February 19, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    Congrats to Jane (Princess Lifestories), Xin Di, Justin Chong, Sandra Wee, and Leena Soh, you have each won a set of Nana Green Tea’s set lunch. Please email to DanielFoodDiary@gmail.com with your contact details & address. Have a great day everyone!

  67. June 23, 2013 at 8:22 am #

    My favorite is Matcha Anmitsu! <3

  68. Natalie
    June 23, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    My favorite is Matcha Anmitsu! <#

  69. Natalie
    June 23, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    My Favorite is Matcha Anmitsu! <3

  70. June 23, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    My favorite is matcha latte!

  71. June 24, 2013 at 5:21 am #

    I love the Matcha Latte! <3

  72. February 7, 2015 at 3:25 pm #

    Sorry, but it's not the real deal. They use a quick mix powder somewhere close to ingredient grade and machine whisk the base. Granted it's not as bad as Starbucks melon flavourings infused concoction, but if you want the real deal you need to go to one of the bespoke modern matcha latte cafe restaurants in Japan – this is Macdonalds by comparison!

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