As a reward for whole day hard work and a really long mean of trying the parfait in Nana's Green Tea, me and my dear dear finally take our initiative to taste one of the famous parfait that you definitely see at least a few tables ordering it every time you dine in.
We had several dine in experience in Nana's Green Tea, which in overall we think the food are quite nice. Just that you might need to queue for some time during peak hour.
Highly Matcha-licious Place for Matcha Lovers
Today, we are looking into a much beautiful idea of Japanese foods for Japanese food lovers that had enough of dull Japanese style cuisine that are the same everywhere.
Nana green tea doesn't has the word "green tea" for ordinary reason. The founder has a strong passion of introducing the culture of tea for overall well being and healthy reason.
Over the years, this simple intuitive enable him to open his very own idea of tea drinking business which was infamous but slowly expanding his idea to many countries.
The main difference of Nana Green Tea comparing with other ordinary Japanese restaurant out there is their pickiness on promoting their desserts, which consist of wide range of Japanese teas instead of just green tea, shiratama dango, nice mixed of tasty and attractive Japanese style parfaits favored by many, many people and last but not least, the great green tea flavor ice cream.
Even though the main idea of Nana Green Tea is to promote the tea culture, but they do serve coffee as well so they are not anti-coffee at all.
While many diners are here for their parfait and other desserts, Nana Green Tea also offer some ordinary Japanese meals that are cooked their way. Good for hungry people rather than only serving for after-meal people.
Some of the Hearty Japanese Cuisines
My dear dear is not that hungry, and she had dinner ready at her home so she just order this one: Chicken Karaage Salad. Basically it's fried chicken and salad.
You get to choose Japanese style dressing, mentaiko dressing, and roasted sesame dressing.
We do not know which one is good so we ask for the waiter's recommendation and he recommend us japanese style dressing so we take it. It's kinda taste like sesame dressing, a little sweet but more to sour.
Great portion and the fried chicken pieces are a lot, and really big too.
As for me, I order Chicken Nanban Don that I felt quite nice when I first tasted it.
Felt the taste a bit off this time, maybe it's been too long since I first had it.
The chicken is just fine, chicken karaage is much better. The mayo on top of the chicken is a little too much, so I felt kinda full after taking it.
And as usual, the miso soup taste good and it's the type of miso soup that we would miss. Not too salty but seems the seaweed getting lesser.
My dear dear is just feeling okay after the salad, since there is no rice for her (except from my feeding).
I'm feeling a little full due to the mayo but we are ready for the parfait, so I request the waiter to serve it after we done with our main meal. And here it is~
It's really tall. If this is not for sharing, I doubt if a huge eater like me can finish it after having a heavy meal.
On top of it is the whipped cream. The green tea ice cream on the bottom right of the whipped cream is quite original taste, which is bitter. So adding the whipped cream taste nice.
Beside the green tea ice cream is a type of red bean.... ball or something. It's taste differently when you combine the red bean with green tea ice cream & whipped cream.
The cake beside the red bean is a not-soft matcha cake. Guess they are putting in the fridge for too long. We both could not describe our feeling when we try to mix the cake with the ice cream or red bean, so we rather eat it separately.
After some corn flakes lie underneath the topping, it's a fine taste vanilla ice cream with some green tea pudding waiting for you at the bottom of it.
The green tea pudding taste also original. The rest is just to finish it up and stuff ourself before heading home.
In overall, the most enjoying part is the topping, as well as the one that enjoy the sweet dessert with you. We might want to try mixing the topping into the vanilla next time too.
Food selection is good and several matcha-specialty desserts and drinks are actually quite unique and specially made it their way,
As a food place that strongly encourage on tea culture, enjoying some authentic Japanese tea here is a great choice for having a meaningful tea session for a great day.
Not to forget their main meals, which might not be too special but more than enough to fill up your stomach and Japanese food's craving.
Portion for main meals is just nice. Just beware of the sauce as some of sauces in their foods can totally fulfill your stuffiness.
Desserts such as the shiratama and warabimochi are great but just too little... even though I know it's greedy to ask for more.
The only that has no complain on the portion is parfait. Good for sharing unless you are a big eater.
Friendly and willing to provide recommendation and able to answer your question patiently. Many waiters and waitresses are walking around time to time so you won't need to wait long for that.
The only issue is the serving time during peak hour. You might need to starve when their orders got overwhelming.
Cost is a little high especially for desserts, despite having some of the unique and great food/drinks.
As time goes by, there is a significant drop of overall food qualities while the cost increases.
Nothing too fancy about the environment in The Gardens. A typical restaurant with minor Japanese style deco. There aren't many big tables in the inside. If you come in group, you probably gotta sit near the entrance.
The gap between each tables are very near too. Sitting in the inside probably gotta sit next to strangers while dining in due to restaurant space constraint.
Nana Green Tea in One Utama has wider space, much comfy and better atmosphere.
Yup, for the parfaits as well as trying other new desserts.