TSUJIRI is one of my favourite places to go to for a light refreshing dessert or drink. They are a Japanese traditional tea brand most well known for their eye catching matcha desserts and drinks. It’s not surprising to see lineups out the door on weekends with some of their popular items already sold out well before closing time. Their North York location recently opened up a full-service restaurant on the second floor where they serve hot, savoury menu items along with some more elaborate desserts.
I made sure to go on an empty stomach because there were so many things I wanted to try! The first thing I ordered was Japanese high tea ‘Aoi Hana’. It’s a selection of exquisitely presented pastries and traditional Japanese sweets selected by the pastry chef. This set also includes two green tea drinks. My husband and I both chose kabusecha because it’s supposed to have a strong green tea taste. You can choose between hot or cold. The regular price for the tea is $4.50.
There were some hits and misses for me in this platter. The smaller sweets were all delicious. The leaf on the pink one is a bit salty so it’s an interesting contrast to the red bean inside. The brown squares were the surprise for me, they are very light and soft while being chewy. They were my favourite things in this set. The big white circle thing was a miss, it tasted like some sort of cheese/cream? It was too heavy compared to everything else.
On the other side of the platter are the bigger pastries which were also delicious. The brown one tastes like what it looks like, a brownie. I thought there would be matcha filling inside but there wasn’t!
Inside the round one is red bean filling. The mochi texture was great, very bouncy, chewy and soft. I would rate this Aoi Hana high tea set a 3.5/5.
Next thing on the menu is the Pancake Platter! I was enticed by all the Instagram posts of these jiggly pancakes! The menu describes these Japanese souffle pancakes as loaded with rich matcha flavour. It takes around 20 minutes to make so order ahead!
The pancakes were very airy and fluffy, although not as jiggly as I expected. The pancakes themselves don’t have much taste. It is served with small scoops of ice cream, a slice of peach and brown sugar syrup. We gobbled this up pretty fast! Eating the warm soft pancakes with cold ice cream gives you a unique blend of textures in your mouth. I give this a 4.5/5!
By now we were pretty stuffed with sweets, a warm savoury dish sounded like it would hit the spot. We decided on the Ebi Ten Udon + Rice. Japanese traditional noodles are served in shiro dashi (clear broth) topped with ebi ten (prawn tempura), kamaboko (fish cake), tenkasu (tempura bits), shitake mushroom and green onion. The savoury tempura blends into the soup, combining the best of both udon and tempura flavours. This dish was pretty average, I actually don’t prefer tempura in soup since the batter gets all soggy. I still enjoyed it since it was like comfort food. I wasn’t sure what the extra bowl of white rice was for though, there’s not enough meat or vegetables to eat it with. This gets a 3/5 from me.
Once you’re done upstairs, you can head back downstairs for even more matcha drinks and dessert! Their downstairs shop is more like a take-out, food court type spot with limited seating. The TSUJIRI Ice Blended matcha drink is an absolute favourite of mine. After my first time trying it, I haven’t been able to put it out of my mind. You can also order it as a float, which will come with matcha/vanilla/twist soft serve on top. We got this to-go so we could take our time to enjoy it. It was just as yummy as I remembered! This drink gets a perfect score 5/5!
The best thing about TSUJIRI for me is all their matcha drinks and desserts aren’t overly sweet. It’s the perfect light crisp sweetness that will leave you wanting more. You won’t feel bogged down afterwards. TSUJIRI North York is located at 4909 Yonge St.
My sad attempt at capturing the jiggly haha:
Aoi Hana $30
Pancake Platter $14
Ebi Ten Udon + Rice $11.50
Tsujiri Ice Blended Medium $6.50