O Cha Cha

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OChaCha, the matcha latte people

At OChaCha, they specialise in matcha, the premium green tea served in traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony. O-Cha means green tea in Japanese and Cha is tea in Chinese, as tea orginates from the chinese. Hence OChaCha is the coming together of different cultures & they hope that there will be many coming together of friends over cups of matcha latte.

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OChaCha quest for good tea brought them all over the world, they found that while tea is very much part of our eastern culture, it is not considered cool or hip. Yet tea is part of our heritage – tea was first discovered by the Chinese emperor Shen Nong in the year 2700 B.C! What’s more, the health benefits of C-Cha are simply amazing. OChaCha is determined to make it fun and cool to drink O-Cha!

So OChaCha is all about marrying tradition and modern technology; of great tastes & healthy drinks; of simply being different. So be cool, be hip, be discerning, be kind to your body. Be one of the Matcha Latte People!

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The new basement of Raffles City saw many additional of tenants to the place, one of which is OChaCha. My buddy & I were wandering around when we saw OChaCha, it was rather empty, but being kaypoh people, we ventured into the cafe and did not regret ever since.

A chat with the friendly female boss Miss Lee Yin Siau (or rather she call herself everybody’s boss) we find out that OChaCha just opened for business at Raffles City for two weeks only, thus the emptiness of the place.

After we got seated a while, customers start to come in, i guess its only human nature, people are afraid to go into a place that has no one, but starts to rush into the place when there is crowd.

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My buddy made his orders while i did not have anything partly because i was full from my lunch at Tuckshop, and partly I must admit green tea does not appeals to me. Miss Lee chatted with us and explained her concept for OChaCha, which impressed me, and i decided to support her by ordering food to try out.

There are many types of different matcha, from the Matcha Latte Hot, to Matcha On the rock which is chilled latted as well as the ice-blended Matcha Freezzie. There is also two chocolate drinks for anti-matcha people. To go with these great drinks, there are also savoury sandwiches, quiches & pies, matcha slices, matcha cakes and many more.

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OChaCha Mond ($5.35)

This is the main character of the show. OChaCha matcha latte almond, there isn’t a very strong green tea taste, but the fragrance of the matcha is evident in the smell of it. I don’t really fancy drinking green tea, but after drinking it, i feel that its rather good, not like the usual green tea. Well, OChaCha is great news for non-green tea lovers like me.

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Furitake Salmon Sandwich ($5.90)

Furitake gives an added crunch to the taste. The Furitake Salmon Sandwich comes with fresh garden salad topped with Japanese citrus dressing & nori-flavoured chips. I like the bread, it was suprisingly soft when we make the bite into it. Even without any ingredient, i think the bread can be eaten on its own. Nevertheless, this makes a good meal for the Salmon lovers out there.

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Sakura Egg Sandwich ($4.80)

I like this one! Sakura denbu perks up the dish. Similarly as of the other sandwich, there is salad greens and chips as sides. The Sakura Egg Sandwich may look ordinary, but eaten together, it is very yummy. Who says ordinary dish can’t be extraordinary in taste?

For sandwiches, there are only three different types of sandwiches, with the other being wasabi tuna sandwich. When asked why isn’t there more variety, Miss Lee simply replied, “we do what we are best at, Matcha! ” That certainly make a impression on me, the direction of OChaCha is not just to make money, they want to bring good tea to the public.

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Spong Cotton ($2.90)

This is on the house, courtesy of Miss Lee. However, being a free item should not affect the judgement of the food, the green tea spongcake was extremely soft, there is a layer of cream within the centre of the cake. I can’t have enough of the cake! A trip back to try the other cakes look to be high on the priority list.

Total Bill comes up to $15.05 (excluding the $2.90 for the spong cake). There is no GST or service charge, and the warm welcome by Miss Lee and her staff do shows that there is hope for the falling-standards of the service industry in Singapore.

Initially, i was skeptical about the place because I’m not a fan of green tea. Despite that, OChaCha won me over, and I must say my perception of green tea has been changed greatly. The next time in a cafe, rather than a cup of coffee or soft drink, drink OChaCha Matcha instead!

Both of us sat inside the cafe for roughly two hours, sipping matcha latte and savouring the sandwiches, OChaCha is a great place to hang out and chill with your friends. The next time you go to Raffles City, rather than the coffee cafes, give OChaCha a try!

OChaCha
252 North Bridge Road
#B1-44F Raffles City
Tel: 6333 5886

” The Green Tea of Starbucks “

24 COMMENTS

Gosh, I’m in AWE of your incomparable photo skillz. Pray tell, what camera do you use? Your pictures always seem to bring out the glutton in me even after I’ve just ingested a massive bowl of chicken porridge + family-size bar of non-descript chocolate + 3 cups of iced kopi. ’nuff said. And DON’T forget, cam model, brand and price please.

Hello andrea: yeah, nice! go try with mervin! hahahah

Hello belyl: Yeah, good place for non coffee drinkers. great place to chill really. the female boss is a nice person : )

Hello fennielyn: lol! now now, how come u have not been updating?

eh, no la, my camera is so-so only, just that i got a good photographer helping me to take photos. there are other food blogger who post even nice photos. lol!

anyway, i use canon ixus 60, my companion uses sony cybershot, the photo she took with cybershot seems to be nicer than mine. ha!

i love sandwiches… anything bready! and that pic of the salmon sandwich u took has won me over… haha… i wan to try that!!! and wasabi tuna sounds interesting to me too…. omg omg… i cant wait to try~

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learn from you one. stop your irritating laughter.

Hello foodiehymmie: glad you like that! go try em’ out!

Hello Nic: yeah, let me know when u done a write-up on them too : )

The place looks interesting. I have not been venturing to that part of singapore as often for a while since my office moved to Novena :-(

i love sandwiches too! hahah i think i’m going to give this a go the next time i’m at rc.

ohoh, btw o-cha means tea. matcha is green tea. =)

The salmon sandwich certainly is value for money..! look at how much smoked salmon is in it.. ;) decor .. so clinical look hor..??

i went there yesterday…the owner did mention your name…hehe…will be posting in err…a month’s time perhaps..cos there’s just to much backlog! so much food, so little time…sigh

Hello Bobo: Eh, i think they are not for sale? but u can always try asking. lol!

Hello Zu: Yeah, the place is very interesting do give them a try.

Hello Wenxiu: Ya, be sure to check this place out when u are at raffles city : )

Hello Belyl: O-cha-cha do what they do best, selling tea! but they do have sandwiches and some other snacks to go along with

Hello Mama Bok: Yea, the sandwich is definitely good!

Hello Nic: Cool! u ask the owner abt me? lol! so long ar? i also got too many un-posted reviews not enough time to write. let me know when u post on o-cha-cha!

Hello Jaime: yeah, they do have two branches in Malaysia, at the newly opened pavilion and the gardens.

Hello Jojo: Ambience is good for chilling out and relax! hahahah! i also din really realise got such nice place, will be looking to go back to raffles city often. hahahah!

oooooooo i saw this shop 2 days ago~ theres some shodoku food bazaar there too right? i want to try try both~ japanese food attracts me~ :P

hahahah! please give o cha cha a try, their green tea and snacks are nice!

yeah, the jap food bazaar thingy is jus beside it i think

oh dearr.. i didnt know this place exists. i would certainly zoom down one day for the ochacha matcha. i love green-tea!! thanks for the update! ( ;

Hi..I’m Irwan from Jakarta.
Your place looks very cozy, and the food quite yummy….I try to stop by next month. I hope your place open not only at office hours, since i could only come at 8.00

Good Luck!

Hello Shayna: Hahahah! yeah, it just open not too long ago, give them a visit yeah? the boss is real friendly, and the place is great to chill out slurping the green tea : )

Hello irwan: wow! i didn’t know i have readers from Jakarta too. thanks for visiting! By the way, OChaCha isn’t my place, its a cafe selling Green Tea which i had been to, do give them a try if you pass by Raffles City.

I was there yesterday with 2 friends and I must say we’ve enjoyed our stay there. I believe they use good quality matcha as there is no artificial after taste. The only downside is the limitations of food served.

blessedhomemaker: hello! good to hear that your friends and you enjoyed the matcha :) yeah i guess, but the limitations can be a two-way thing depending on how u see it. The plus: they stay focus and remain specialise in doing what they do best, that is matcha. Of course you can’t have much options there, but we go to Ochacha just for the matcha don’t we? :D

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