Across the ‘street’ from Sedap, where Japan is experiencing its midsummer bloom, is Chanoma. A place where matcha is not just a drink to have on the side with your meal, it is the main feature. Ranging from traditional hot green tea to matcha parfaits and croissants, Chanoma specializes in making matcha in every permutation of beverage and dessert you can imagine.
Aside from the novelty of a matcha cafe, I had a minor celeb run-in at Chanoma. My friends and I were about to leave after our hotdogs (below) when a girl with hot pink hair walked in, and I instantly recognised her as Chocolate Suze. We decided I should go up and say hi, but I was really shy and embarrassed, and aborted mission at the last critical moment. Outside we debated some more – should I, or shouldn’t I? Ultimately ‘Martha Stewart’ literally dragged me over to Suze and spoke to her for me. At some point in their conversation, another friend Uee interjected and said to me, “OK! Now take your photo with her!” Jawdrop horror.
Anyways, to some icy drinks to cool me down. Since discovering this place, I tried most of the beverage ‘groups’ (eg. hot / cold, water / milk / yuzu, ice cream). My go to order is generally the iced green tea without syrup, but only because it’s the healthiest option and gives me a serious matcha kick. If calories/sugar are not on the top of your priorities list, then there are also a myriad of better tasting and less healthy options to whet your appetite. You should probably not go hardcore like me unless you are accustomed to drinking bitter green tea (not the tea bag variety).
Apart from its matcha offerings, Chanoma also sells hot dogs and chips should you require a meal or just something savoury and solid. Although the combination of green tea and hot dog is random, its hotdogs all have some element of modern Japan cuisine.
Apparently, there’s a choice of sausage, being kransky, chorizo and bratwurst. But unless you ask specifically for your desired sausage, the default is a kransky.
Unlike its matcha counterpart, the hot dogs were good in theory, but something has gone wrong in its execution. Although they’ve got the flavour down pat, general consensus was that the bread was too dry and the sausage too small. ‘Martha Stewart’ and I both still felt hungry after we chowed through our dogs, and had to turn to finishing our drinks to feel more satiated. Having said that, at $6 a piece, it’s still pretty good value. It’s perfect for an afternoon snack or if you are feeling particularly peckish.