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Published September 3rd 2015
Green Tea Themed Meal
Growing in popularity by instagram and other social media, One Tea Lounge & Grill is the latest Japanese dessert parlor in Sydney CBD. It is famous for its Ramen Burger and the Matcha Green Tea Parfait which has been getting rave reviews.
This is the latest meet-up-place for those searching for a pick-me-up, wanting to have a quality meals and trying out the latest hyped-up dessert. It is located on York Street, behind the Apple Store and the Louis Vuitton Maison boutique.
Remember this famous Ramen Burger from 2014 Good Food Month?
One Tea lounge & Grill is at the forefront of the dining game with their interesting fusion menu. It made its debut at last year's Good Food Month with their 'Ramen Burger', and literally, all social media went wild for. Ten months later, One Tea Lounge & Grill opened its own restaurant. As the name suggested, this is the place to sample exotic Japanese tea drinks or tea-infused flavored meals with friends
Very popular on Friday night. Make a reservation..
The place was packed on the Friday night and the manager was efficient and arranged a table for us despite not have make a reservation prior.
The interior space of the lounge is quite narrow and the siting capacity is limited. The decoration style is upbeat with modern art pieces. It is definitely not a tranquil tea lounge where you can sample tea with reflection. Rather, this place gives me the impression of an upscale uni bar with excited patrons.
The drink menu offers a good range of Japanese tea, such as Sencha, Genmaicha, Matcha and other premium tea range.
However, we were drawn to the tea-infused cocktail drinks under the Bar menu. The Matcha Made In Heaven ($20) is a contemporary twist on a classic cocktail. Whereas the aromatic ONE Tea Experience ($37) is the most expensive cocktail drink on the menu. The drinks range from $18 - $37. Sake, wine, liqueurs or coffee are available as well if you don't like green tea in your drink.
Green Tea Parfait $15.00 (Playful layers of Frangelico Pannacotta, Green Tea ice cream, Matcha, Black sesame ice cream, red bean, almonds, Castella, fresh cream, waffle flakes & candy floss)
We decided to try one of their signature desserts - The Green Tea Parfait that we saw many people around us indulging in. The description of this dessert sounded divine on the menu and I must admit, it was a stunning-looking dessert served out of a tall cocktail glass.
The ice cream contained in the parfait was a combination of green tea and black sesame. It was topped with Japanese red beans, chocolate waffle flakes and fresh whipped cream. The candy floss was dusted with green tea powder.
I found this parfait contained too much whipped cream and the substantive elements of the dessert were a bit lacking. The serving size was not overly generous and it was quite difficult to eat. The spoon provided was too short and I could not reach the Frangelico Pannacotta at the bottom.
This was not a guilt free dessert and did not quite satisfy our sweet tooth. My friend thinks it was not really value for money and I am inclined to agree with her, but we will let you be the judge to determine if it is well worth it.
While we waited for our bill to arrive, we checked out the signature Lava Stone Grill ($48),which contained 180g of Wagyu Beef with a score of 9 plus, served with 3 tea-infused dip sauces. The presentation looked appetising with 10 beef cubes and enoki mushroom garnishes.