Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nana's Green Tea Cafe @ The Gardens, Mid Valley

A matcha match made in Mid Valley: The first Malaysian branch of Japanese chain Nana's Green Tea Cafe has finally launched in Kuala Lumpur's Gardens Mall, more than a year after Singapore welcomed the inaugural Nana's outpost for Southeast Asia.

Nana's can get packed during peak hours, but it's probably worth waiting awhile for a table; the food is reasonably priced & relatively interesting. Comfort-food highlights include hot, soupy bowls of udon blanketed in fresh-tasting seaweed, spring onions & a poached egg (RM15.80 before taxes).

Salmon sashimi (top-notch, exceeding expecations) served over cereal-mixed 'millet rice' with sesame, nori, pickled ginger & pea sprouts (RM18.80). Other items on the menu include chicken karaage salads & beef hamburg in tomato loco moco sauce.

Ultimately though, it's the tea-based temptations that's supposed to lure customers. Choose from the simplicity of the Uji-Cha, the wild fragrance of the Karigane-Cha, the toasty-nutty flavour of the Hoji-Cha or the roasty brown-rice aroma of Gemmai-Cha. 

The selection of tea drinks & desserts is sweeping: We like the the matcha slushie, cold & creamy, topped with soft-serve vanilla ice cream (RM12.80).

Parfait-lovers should like this complex combo: First, green tea kanten jelly is scooped into the base with with matcha syrup, then piled on with layers of ice cream, corn flakes, red bean paste, whipped cream & warabi-moshi (bracken starch dumplings) dipped in kinako roasted soybean flour (whew!). RM19.80.

Not into green tea? There's still the Azuki Latte, a nice blend of milk with red beans (RM8.80), natural-tasting & not too sweet.

Nana's Green Tea Cafe
Lot 231A, Lower Ground Floor, The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur

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30 comments:

  1. Beef hamburg in tomato loco moco sauce!...*drools* :D

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    1. Ulric: sounds like it could be a good one, if the hamburg is juicy and the sauce complements it! :)

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  2. i wanna try the green tea ice cream so badly, imma HUGE fan of green tea ice cream :DDDDD

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    1. Ken: ooo, hopefully nana's will open a branch in penang someday soon! :)

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  3. Awesome place! I love tea.

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    1. Linda: i like green tea! it's got a great flavour :)

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  4. Those parfaits look fab! I wonder if I could convince myself that they're actually healthy with the green tea. ;-)

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    1. The Yum List: haha, the desserts here do taste almost wholesome and nutritious ... almost! :)

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  5. "Reasonably"? Ok, got the hint. Hehehehehe!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: fair prices! :)

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  6. Ooo the udon with the poached egg looks like something I have for lunch all the time! The parfait looks yum too.

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    1. Baby Sumo: i think you and your family might enjoy the food here! :)

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  7. Judging from my website address, you will knw how much I adore green tea and red bean. ;P this is literally heaven on earth! ;D

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    1. Eunice: heheh, i hope you manage to visit Nana's Green Tea Cafe soon and that you enjoy it! :)

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    1. Rebecca: it's a fun dessert to eat! :)

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  9. wow....nice casual Jap restaurant opened in MV!
    The parfait look and sound so compact n nice!

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    1. Melissa: ya, i think this place will be very popular :) the parfait is cool, got some unusual ingredients inside :)

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  10. Simple, yummy, healthy and near our place, big like! Hehehe

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    1. CK: haha, ya, the next time you're at mid valley or the gardens, can come here for lunch or tea :)

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  11. Avid green tea lover!!! OMG!! Heaven place found!! *BigGrinOnEarth

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    1. Alicia: yay! i hope this place manages to satisfy your love for matcha :)

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  12. Green tea ... nice nice should checkout this soon

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    1. Pamela: ya, this is an interesting outlet to explore green tea in beverages and desserts :)

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  13. visited there yesterday during my trip to kuala lumpur, i pick the parfait.. the combination is very good from top to bottom.. enjoy every layer of the parfait.. ����

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    1. L33dia: glad you enjoyed it. it's a nice creation :)

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  14. Seem like a must visit for a avid green tea fan like me! Hope the queue is shorter when my visit :P

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, i think you could try going on a weekday instead of a weekend. good luck! :)

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  15. it look so delicious~~ will go for it!!

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    1. San Jade: hope you enjoy this place! :)

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