Tsujiri is Toronto’s new all-matcha café and bakery

Tsujiri is Toronto’s new all-matcha café and bakery

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There’s a new Japanese treat worth lining up for at Bay and Dundas, and it isn’t cheesecake (though there’s more of that coming to the neighbourhood). The latest queue-causer is the all-matcha menu served at Tsujiri, North America’s first location of the 156-year-old Kyoto-based tea company. Customers can order traditional, whisked-to-order o-matcha or green tea–tweaked concoctions like lattes, choux pastries, shaved ice and soft-serve ice cream. All of the verdant drinks and desserts are made with product imported from Japan (save for the milk, which comes from Canadian cows, and the maple syrup that goes into the maple latte). A second location is set to open later this year on Yonge, between Finch and Sheppard.

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Traditional o-matcha is whisked to order using a bamboo chasen.

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O-matcha, available hot or cold. $4.50.

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O-matcha black sesame latte, served hot. $6/$6.50.

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Kinako kuomitsu (black sugar syrup) latte, available hot or cold. $5/$5.50.

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Tsujiri shaved ice is topped with vanilla or matcha soft serve ($5.75/$7). Scoops of red bean paste and shiratama (sweetened glutinous rice) are an extra $1.25.

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The Tsujiri sundae is made with alternating layers of soft serve and red bean paste on a crunchy base of toasted brown rice. It’s topped with shiratama, candied chestnut and a sakura flower butter–flavoured cookie. $7 (vanilla) and $7.50 (matcha).

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There are baked goods, too, like matcha paste- and whipped cream–filled choux pastry (front, $2.75) and the matcha-and-red-bean macaron (back, $2.50).

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Only a handful of lucky customers will score seats.

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147 Dundas St. W., tsujiri-global.com