Quite essentially a modern tea house that serves pretty matcha desserts, Sinmei Tea might just be the it place to be now when you need some matcha fix in Hong Kong. It took us a while to locate the place, because it sits on the fifth level, within an unassuming building in Sheung Wan.
What welcomed us was a long queue of matcha lovers, and an atmospheric cafe with an interior that models after a traditional teahouse.
Dining at Sinmei Tea will require a bit of patience, as there is always a queue to get in, and an even longer wait for your desserts to be served. For some unbeknownst reason, we waited twenty minutes for our drink to be served; the cakes came much later.
But if you can look beyond that, the Matcha Cheese Cake (HK$40) and the Sizzling Matcha Brownie (HK$78) make great treats. The former is a slice of simple goodness that is topped with a sweet meringue, while the latter is a decadent treat that can be quite a show to watch as you drizzle the matcha over the brownie on the pan.
What impressed us the most is its Hot Matcha Latte (HK$38). It does not look anywhere near fancy, but what you get is a cup of authentic goodness that is powdery, smooth and leaves a fragrant roasted tea aftertaste. Other desserts include Matcha Angel Cake (HK$40), and Earl Grey Angle Cake (HK$40).
Sinmei Tea is also listed in our guide to the best matcha desserts in Hong Kong.
5/F, CS Tower, 50 Wing Lok Street
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 3690 8238
Daily: 11.30am – 7.30pm
Nearest Station: Sheung Wan