2 Handy Road
#01-08 The Cathay
Singapore 229233

01:00pm - 10:30pm

01:00pm - 10:30pm

01:00pm - 10:30pm

01:00pm - 10:30pm

01:00pm - 10:30pm

01:00pm - 10:30pm

01:00pm - 10:30pm



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Matchaya - Ceremonial - Usucha ่–„่Œถ( ๐Ÿ’ตS$5.20, 70ml with foam) Served Hot Only ๐Ÿต
ACAMASEATS & GTK๐Ÿ’ฎ: This is one for the purist.

Usucha is a thiner, lighter bodied Tea in comparison to Koicha ๆฟƒ่Œถ (in which Matchaya also offers) that is intense, robust & full bodied. The difference in thickness is due to the amount of matcha & water used in preparing matcha. ๐Ÿคค
่Œถ้“ (The Way of Tea) : Matcha powder can be categorized at different grades of matcha depending on its quality.
It is said that usucha can be prepared from any grade of matcha; of course, the flavor differs from grade to grade.
On the other hand, koicha can only be prepared with matcha that is above a certain level of quality.
This is because a lower grade matcha creates strong bitterness & astringency.
Originally, matcha served in tea ceremony was koicha. ๐Ÿ––๐Ÿป

Special seasonal lavender parfait [$14.90] Only available for a limited time exclusively at the Cathay outlet,  this seasonal parfait is available while stocks last!

Swipe to view the different components that constitute this seasonal parfait. The top layer of Hokkaido milk softserve was smooth, creamy and milky, specked with lavender petals. The ichigo (frozen strawberries) were icy and tangy, berry sour but refreshing! Lavender gelato was creamy, thick with a lingering and aromatic floral fragrance ; personally prefer the softserve version for a smoother and softer texture. Milk pudding was firm albeit wobbly, a pretty mild flavour that was enhanced by the tangy homemade berry sauce. Matcha granola and toasted rice puffs were a pleasant addition that provided a crunch factor to the other softer components. Really love this combination where every element was an enjoyable and significant contribution for both the sight and sense! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ
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Matchaya - Cha Cha Pop Creamsicle (๐Ÿ’ตS$8) Matcha Ice-Cream, Black Molasses, Houjicha & Matcha Shell, Feuilletine & Toasted Sesame.

Sometimes people don't treasure things until when it's gone. Just like this Matcha Popsicle from Matchaya. So much so that... ๐Ÿต
Dear Matchapop (yes I gave it a nickname), I hope you are doing well, wherever you are even though I know that you are now nowhere. I, or I mean we miss you.
Sorry for not showing you much love & appreciation when you are with us.
But we secretly pray that you can make a comeback once in awhile, don't have to be temporary (I know it's quite a hassle) but do Pop by once in awhile. Always ready to lick you.
Love & misses,
Acamas Teo & Matcha Fans Gang. ๐Ÿ’ฎ

For Japanese Soft Serves

As it turns out, these Japanese milk tea specialists are great at churning ice cream (from $5.90) too. The classic Matcha Soft Serve here is perfect for those who like their ice cream bittersweet and intensely flavoured with green tea โ€” not for the faint-hearted, that's for sure! Consider pairing it with the irresistible Hokkaido Milk Soft Serve; it had Burpple Tastemaker Zul Latiff smitten with its milky creaminess. To make things even more epic, we love to add a Goma Shot ($2), an intense, delicious shot of thick black sesame that really enhances the Hokkaido milk flavour. If you like roasted tea flavours, the Houjicha Soft Serve is the perfect mix of toasty and velvety. There are toppings to add on but if it's your first time, we recommend savouring the soft serve sans embellishments. Pro tip: Burpplers who work in the CBD can pop by their other outlet at Icon Village in Tanjong Pagar. Perfect for a post-lunch treat!
Avg Price: $10 per person
Photo by Burppler Cassandra Chew

Special anniversary- houjicha tea set [$19.90] Only available exclusively at the Cathay outlet for a limited time till End June!

Unfortunately it's over but fret not because there's always special surprises awaiting ahead! ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’– Thanks @matchayasg for reserving this last set for me, after having 2 unlucky failed trips prior to this! ๐Ÿ˜… Swipe once to view the identity of each individual element that constitutes this tea set and swipe to the end to view my favourite elements. Advised by the staff to consume the kuki tea jelly first and drink the ichiban tea as they were ones with a lighter flavour profile. True enough, the tea jelly was light with a faint earthy note and the ichiban tea was a clear and light one too! Moving on, the houjicha roll cake was soft, fluffy and sufficiently moist, with a core of houjicha cream that was smooth, light and airy. The houjicha flavour was mildly distinct but still the spongy, pillowy texture provided great satisfaction to the palate. Would personally prefer if there's less cream and more sponge cake though! Houjicha pudding, on the other hand, was topped with espuma that resembled a lightly sweetened whipped cream with light and foamy texture that melts in the mouth. The pudding was smooth, with a soft, wobbly texture that had a more distinct roasted flavour as compared to the Swiss roll. The characteristic roasted flavour was also further enhanced with drizzles of the thick houjicha sauce lying at the base of the pudding. Houjicha warabi mochi was coated with a substantial amount of houjicha powder, bringing out a distinct earthy roasted flavour with a soft, chewy texture. As one who doesn't fancy azuki, I decided to skip that element and moved on to my ultimate favourite - houjicha softserve ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›. The smooth, creamy texture that came with the most distinct roasted flavour and lingering aroma! As for the tea, a 2nd flush (banchan) is provided after you are done with the first which had a more robust roasted earthy flavour with a thicker concentration. Really really fancy this tea set that I decided to be selfish and have it all to myself ๐Ÿ˜‚Hopefully there would be a matcha version in the near future? ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ˜‰

Matcha fondue set [$16.90] Decided to give this fondue a shot since the special anniversary Houjicha tea set I have been yearning to try was sold out- and it was only 3pm on a Thursday afternoon ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ The fondue comes with a pot of thick and creamy matcha ganache served warm as well as other elements for dipping and pairing: buttered toast, matcha warabi mochi, shiramata, langue de chat, matcha brownies and a mini cup of matcha softserve!

๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š The matcha flavour of the ganache was distinctive with a pleasant earthy note, with a striking resemblance to my favourite O'sulloc matcha milk jam spread ๐Ÿ’š. Texture was a tad too thick for my liking, personally felt that it could have been toned down for dipping purposes otherwise it's akin to consuming a jam spread. The matcha brownies (finally got to try!!๐Ÿ˜‹) were fudgy and sufficiently moist, with a luscious chocolatey note. The layer of matcha flavoured brownie could have been more distinct in terms of flavour though. Shiratama and the buttered toasts were a complementary pairing to the thick matcha ganache whereas the other elements were better off consuming in silo - but of course, with the matcha ganache, its double the pleasure and enjoyment ๐Ÿ˜‹ Matcha warabi mochi was soft and chewy, coated with a substantial amount of matcha powder that provided a pleasant bitter undertone. Coupled with a cup of matcha softserve that's smooth, creamy and retaining a consistent standard of distinctive earthy flavour, a cup of hot steamed milk is also served after you are done consuming all the elements. Mix the hot milk with the remaining matcha ganache fondue to create your hot own matcha latte! ๐ŸตCan't wait to try the houjicha fondue next time ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹.
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Hokkaido Milk & Houjicha Soft Serve ($5.50)

Ventured away from my usual matcha (and mystery flavour because we weren't at ICON) and tried the Hokkaido milk and houjicha mix ($1). The Hokkaido milk was creamy but not too rich or sweet - great for the milk lover. The houjicha though, that was a winner for me. Roasty and smoky ๐Ÿคค. Also we got the extra rice puffs ($1.50) and upsized it ($2) to share.

Tantalizing #throwbackthursday with Matchayaโ€™s Black Sesame Kakigori

A nutty and refreshing number, the fluffy texture of the ice was certainly coarser if compared to the usual Korean shaved ice but the unique consistency had the robust goma sauce weaved subtly into the layers. And digginโ€™ the soft, airy and light Hokkaido cream espuma; there just wasnโ€™t enough to go around. That extra drizzle of goma sauce, courtesy of Co-owner Kevin was the icing on the cake.

However, the price point is a little steep as each goes for $18.90. And though validated by the fact that most ingredients are sourced from Japan to bring a more authentic taste, I am looking forward to their 2.0 with more toppings as currently each comes with modest amount of shiratama, azuki and brownies which makes sharing a tad difficult.

Really Yummy

Really yummy and the green tea taste is really heavy which I loveeeee! The thick creamy ice cream and the bitter sweet matcha really makes my day! It's a little pricey but once in awhile it's good to indulge. The seats are a little uncomfortable and the male staff looks annoyed and didn't talk much but the ice cream is still bomb ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

Ice Cream For Sharing

It's great to have friends to share triple flavored ice cream when u can't decide which individual ice cream you want. Recommend the classic rich matcha and Hokkaido milk soft serve! Roasty Houjicha ice cream is too heavy for me. It's topped with azuki beans, rice crisp, shiratama and jap biscuit. Yums!

Matcha Never Fails

Hojicha and matcha soft serve was really good, especially the hojicha's fragrance! Value for money and probably one of the best hojicha soft serve in SG

Matcha | Houjicha | Roasted Black Sesame

Triple-flavoured Bowl, because three is always better than one.

Matcha | Houjicha | Roasted Black Sesame

Triple-flavoured Bowl, because three is always better than one.

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Houjicha // Milk with Black Sesame Sauce // Black Sesame (from $5.90)

Interviewed the people behind Matchaya for some school thing before (they were nice and super patient with us), that was last year when they were selling tea powder at a farmer's market. Fast forward to now and they have two branches already! This place really deserves all the love and more. Love the deep, roasty flavours of all the ice creams; each has a different profile that you think it's the best already, until you taste another one and fall in love again IM IN LOVE โค๏ธ (add the black sesame sauce for extra intense flavour, it's like having ่Š้บป็ณŠ but even better)

p.s. The peaks of my ice cream are gone cos no one cares they just want to eat..

Triple Flavours Bowl

Matcha, Houjicha & Sesame soft serve with Azuki, Shiratama, Rice Puffs & Cookie Stick ใ€‹$12.90

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