At Komichi Tea House, a new Japanese cafe tucked away at a quiet corner of Lorong Toh Aka, where Matcha is everywhere and everything. For the uninitiated, Matcha (or known as Japanese Green Tea) is making its name in the food and beverage scene worldwide in recent years; the flavor is more intense than Chinese Green Tea, with a bolder bitter end. Komichi is one specialist when it comes to Matcha, the entire cafe is Matcha-centric. One of the partners' father owns a Tea Farm in Japan and needless to say, the Japanese Green Tea is directly imported from there. The daughter who is know residing in Penang owns a cafe-dream and now, managed to turn the dream into reality. The menu is very Matcha-focused with an array of serious Matcha beverages and some Matcha-infused home-bakes. Nothing spectacular about the interior decor but rather, an unpretentious and earnest place to enjoy a good serving of Matcha delights.
Matcha Chiffon Cake (Rm 6)
Anmitsu (Rm 8)
Matcha (Rm 11)
While most Matcha desserts that we are familiar with tend to be sweet but it's quite the opposite at Komichi. The Matcha drink we had was in its purest form, it hits the palate with a bold seaweed-vegetal like flavor followed by a mellow but lingering bitterness. We paired the drink with Matcha Chiffon Cake and Anmitsu. The Chiffon Cake was little denser than expected but the magical mix of the whipped Cream and Anko (sweet Japanese Red Bean Paste) heightened the flavors. The creamy rich cream elevated the distinctive Matcha flavor while the Anko provided the quintessential sweet touch to the cake; for someone with low sugar tolerance level, I found the sweetness was within my acceptable range.
It's uncommon to find Anmistu in Penang, the traditonal Japanese sweet treat is a favorite summer dessert in Japan. It is often made with Agar-Agar Jelly, Azuki Bean Paste and some delicious Mochi; for Komichi's case, it is served with Matcha Syrup. It was refreshing and light at the same time, yet introducing a sleek sweetness to the palate but it lacked the whack of Matcha flavor in our opinion. If you are looking for something to satiate your Matcha craving, Matcha Chiffon Cake may be a better option.
Taste: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Non-Halal *gelatin may contain pig protein*
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Address: 20, Lorong Toh Aka, 10100, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 12 pm to 6 pm. Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Contact Number: 6012- 478 8852