Matcha Au Tarte at Keong Saik Bakery

If you really think about it, you can’t go wrong with matcha. Matcha drinks are literally just a suspension of powder in water, something that anyone can easily recreate at home. Yet, there are cafes who are using pre-sweetened matcha powder for a lower cost or convenience. Not only does this result in a saccharine and unpleasant drink, but it also strips the matcha powder of its natural flavours. Meanwhile, there are matcha desserts that are either lacking in intensity, or overcompensates with a hazardous amount of matcha powder.

From matcha lattes to macaroons, we have compiled the best matcha desserts and drinks in Singapore.

Matcha Drinks

1. Matchaya

Matchaya Review - Matcha Cold Brew

It iso surprise that Matchaya takes a spot on the list with their famed Cold Whisked Matcha Milk ($7).

Using ceremonial grade matcha powder and steeping it in cold water for eight hours results in a smooth texture and robust vegetal note that is inviolate in most matcha drinks. It is subtle, but floral nuances linger in its flavour profile. This is perfect for matcha purists who wants a break from straight matcha, as the cold brew at Matchaya still provides that deep earthy flavour.

Location: 2 Handy Rd, #01-08 / 09 The Cathay, Singapore 229233
Tel: +658157 0296
Opening hours: 10am- 10pm

Matchaya locations

2. Hvala

Kaze Straight Matcha at Hvala 111 Somerset

Hvala is also an optimal choice for matcha drinks.

While their matcha latte is a decent option, we recommend getting their straight matcha to fully appreciate their ceremonial-grade matcha powder, which is a higher-quality variation. Choose between the Kaze Matcha ($8) for a robust, vegetal punch and the Hana Matcha ($10) for a more rounded flavour and creamy body.

Location: 111 Somerset Rd, #01-10, Singapore 238164
Opening hours: 12- 9:30pm

Hvala locations

3. Old Hen Coffee

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A stark contrast with Matchaya and Hvala, Old Hen Coffee’s Cold Matcha Milk ($7.5) borderlines ice cream. We cannot be sure if cream is part of the recipe, but it has a velvety mouthfeel. However, despite its milky flavours, it retains the astringency that most people seek in matcha lattes.

Location: 88 Rangoon Rd, #01-03, Singapore 218374
Tel: +65 6341 5458
Opening hours: 9:30am- 6:30pm

4. Kurasu

Kurasu Dirty Matcha

Besides filter coffee, this speciality coffee bar from Kyoto, Japan is also famous for its Dirty Matcha ($7.5).

Essentially, matcha latte with a shot of espresso. It might sound like a basic combination, but it takes dedication to find the perfect blend of matcha and coffee, from the ratio of the elements to the innate flavour of the matcha powder and coffee beans.

I heard that the balance was perfect prior to the recent change in matcha powder. And true enough, my cup of Dirty Matcha was a little more skewered to the matcha side. Nonetheless, it was a decent cup.

Location: 261 Waterloo St, #01-24, Singapore 180261
Opening hours: 8:30am- 6:30pm

5. Degree Celsius

Matcha Strawberry Latte at Degree Celsius Cafe at Dhoby Ghaut

One of the newer cafes in Singapore, Degree Celsius is a cosy cafe located at Dhoby Ghaut.

While it is predominantly a coffee bar, its Signature Strawberry Matcha Latte ($6) is worth a mention. Crafted with fresh strawberries for a natural taste, it took a month of research to develop the perfect recipe. The outcome? A jammy fruity mix with a subtle, grassy aftertaste of matcha. To be honest, the matcha here is lacking, but it showcases an interesting chemistry between both elements. The strawberry puree steals the spotlight, but the matcha plays a pivoting role nonetheless.

Location: 9 Penang Rd, Singapore 238459
Opening hours: 7:30am- 6pm (Weekdays); 8:30am- 6pm (Weekends)

6. Kream & Kensho

Kream & Kensho took the internet by the storm in 2020 with their glorious grape toast, christened ‘Grape and Ricotta Matcha Brioche’. While it is a memorable dish, albeit overpriced, the spotlight is on Yuzu Matcha ($6.5).

It has a tangy base note conjured by a spoonful of yuzu jam, which tartness is curbed by the earthiness of the matcha powder. Yuzu and matcha are combinations I never saw coming, but it worked out perfectly, perhaps due to the synchronisation of the astringency in both elements.

Location: 35 Kampong Bahru Rd, Singapore 169355
Opening hours: 9am- 6pm (closed on Mondays)

Matcha Desserts

7. LUNA Patisserie 

Located at Telok Ayer, LUNA Patisserie serves the best matcha cake in Singapore.

The Matcha Opera ($8) features thick, creamy layers of matcha ganache. It possesses a bittersweet matcha flavour, which is delightful compared to other variations which taste more like white chocolate. The Matcha Opera is LUNA’s second version of a matcha cake. The first had more layers of sponge, rendering a lighter mouthfeel.

Location: 53 Amoy St, Singapore 069879
Opening hours: 12pm- 6:30pm (Weekdays); 12pm- 6pm (Sat); 12pm- 4pm (Sun)

8. Bakes by Mabs

Mabel, founder of Bakes by Mabs, is a talented baker who honestly does not know her worth, selling macarons at $2 when it is comparable to Bonheur Patisserie’s.

Soft and chewy biscuits, a veil of crisp, a layer of creamy ganache, it is just the perfect macaron. There are about 20 flavours on a rotational basis and none has fallen below expectations.

Interesting options such as Kaya Butter, Sesame Yam and Hojicha Kinako awaits, as we will be spotlighting her Matcha Sesame. While the black sesame taste was more intense, the matcha played a pivotal role providing an earthy aftertaste.

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9. Two AM Bakes

Two AM Bakes specialises in gateaus and terrine, which are dense and rich cakes.

Each element in their latest Matcha Yuzu Kinako was given an equal amount to perform. The yuzu snagged our attention with its vibrant tang. The matcha quickly follows suit with a choreograph that was simple, but its familiarity tugged at our heartstrings. Lastly, the kinako emerged with the finishing act that left us with a bittersweet feeling. 

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10. Edith Patisserie Cake Bar

$1.7 Blondies at Edith Patisserie Cake Bar, Dhoby Ghaut, Lemon Yuzu and Salted Biscoff

Do note that this is Edith Patisserie Cake Bar, a dessert cafe located at Dhoby Ghaut, and not the bakery along North Bridge Road (which focuses on whole cakes).

Their blondies are sold at an attractive price of $1.7 and there are a handful of flavours you can choose for like Hazelnut and Salted Speculoos. But of course, we are recommending the Yuzu Matcha and Matcha.

11. DONQ

You may or may not have witnessed a short-lived DONQ craze in mid-2020. But, its Uji Matcha Cream & Chocolate Bun ($3) is well-deserving of its popularity.

For starters. it was injected with a rich and intense uji matcha cream. Judging from photos, I expected it to be incredibly decadent but it retained the matcha powder’s bittersweet flavour although it contains chocolate. It was topped with matcha cookie and dusted with sugar for an added layer of texture.

Location: 391 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238873
Tel: +65 6737 4150

12. St. Leaven

An alternative to DONQ’s Matcha Buns is located at St. Leaven Bakery ($2.8), both located at the basement of Takashimaya. The flavours are almost identical, with only a slight difference in texture. DONQ has more of a chewy texture akin to a shokupan, a Japanese milk bread, whereas St. Leaven’s is airier and fluffier.

Location: 391 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238872

13. Tsujiri

Tsujiri Hojicha Iced Blend and Matcha Soft Serve

Tsujiri is an ancient Japanese brand that dates back to 1860. Just like most specialized matcha shops, they have an extensive menu. But, we recommend choosing from their Parfait Selection such as the Shiratama Parfait that features a bittersweet and creamy matcha soft serve, azuki (red bean) and dango (glutinous rice balls).

Location: 176 Orchard Road #01-101 The Centrepoint Singapore 238843
Tel: +65 6238 8224
Opening hours: 11am- 10pm

Tsujiri locations

14. Maccha House

Maccha house specialises in matcha desserts in Singapore.

They are best known for their Maccha Tiramisu ($6.2) that is packaged in an oriental wooden box. The cream is light, the lady fingers are moist and the overall flavour is mellow. But, we also recommend the Warabi Mochi Maccha Tiramisu ($7) for the perfect chewy texture and the Maccha Mille Crepe Set ($8).

Location: 3 Temasek Blvd, B1, 172, 038983
Tel: +65 6336 6129
Opening hours: 11:30am- 9:30pm

15. Keong Saik Bakery

Keong Saik Bakery rose to fame with its assortment of burnt cheesecakes, but their other bakes do not fall short.

The Matcha Au Tarte ($7) showcases a glossy matcha ganache atop a sunflower seed incorporated tart base. Compared to LUNA Patisserie, the ganache here is a tad sweeter, but the innate bitterness of the matcha still shines through perhaps due to the complement of the nutty sunflower seeds embedded in the crust.

Location: 33 Keong Saik Rd., Singapore 089140
Tel: +659021 9626
Opening hours: 8am- 8:30pm (Tue- Sun); 8am- 6:30pm (Mon)

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