Official Website: http://www.nanaha.com; Facebook
Address: #03-80/82, The Atrium @ Orchard, Plaza Singapura, 60B, Orchard Road, S(238891)
Tel: +65 6684 4312
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 11am – 10pm (Last Order @ 9.30pm)
Budget: about $10 – 20 per person (we spent $32.70 for 2 lunch sets, inclusive of GST and service charge)
Dhoby Ghaut is turning into such a foodie haven. Come meal time, it isn’t uncommon to find snaking long queues at various restaurants such as Tim Ho Wan, Tsukada Nojo, Itacho Sushi, Ichiban Boshi and Hifumi. Those who hate queueing would often settle for the emptier eateries, or simply dine at the food court.
Nana’s Green Tea Cafe, which (as its name suggests) is a green tea-themed cafe from Tokyo, unfortunately falls into the category of the aforementioned “emptier eateries”. I guess it’s because they’re often mistaken as a cafe that only serves green tea/desserts, and only those who have bothered to take a closer look at the menu would realise that they also serve Japanese main courses that cater to both matcha and non-matcha lovers.
And here’s the good news for all: they have a $13.90++ Set Lunch available on weekdays from 11am to 2.30pm, where you get to choose a main course (of any value) and a drink that doesn’t cost more than $8. So if you do your math properly and pick the most expensive options, like the Unagi Don ($16.80) and a $8 drink, you’ll end up with more than $10’s worth of savings!
SG Boy, the skeptic, was in disbelief when he first saw that sign cos it seemed too good to be true. He kept going, “Huh, how can it be so cheap… Must be smaller portions lah.” Thankfully, the food arrived quickly enough to prove him wrong and save me from all his doubts.
We were pleasantly surprised by the Salmon Maguro Don because it came with a really generous serving of salmon and tuna sashimi. The sashimi slices were sufficiently fresh and the tuna slices were really thick! The dish would have been perfect if it was served with vinegared sushi rice instead of plain rice. Nevertheless, it was definitely value-for-money!
The Unagi Don, on the other hand, paled in comparison because of its extremely disproportionate topping-to-rice ratio. The unagi pieces, though really well-done and tasty, were barely enough to cover the rice. :( Then again, to be fair, we all know that Unagi is really dear since its supply is depleting. Hence, at this price (especially with the set lunch offer), I guess I shouldn’t complain…
We had a difficult time deciding on our drink from their extensive beverage menu. As an avid matcha lover, I went for the Thin Matcha Green Tea (without milk/sugar) because I felt that it was the most original way to sample their matcha. And as expected, the quality of their matcha powder certainly didn’t disappoint. :D The chocolate fanboy (SG Boy) picked the Matcha Chocolate Latte, which was basically matcha latte topped with whipped cream and chocolate syrup. Despite having chocolate added, the matcha taste in the drink remained sufficiently strong.
Didn’t get to sample their seemingly awesome desserts cos we were stuffed. :( Guess I’ll have to wait till next time!
I can’t believe we took so long to visit this place! For a cafe that specialises in green tea desserts, I would say that the food there actually surpassed our expectations. Guess we shouldn’t judge a restaurant by its name, huh? Their service was also efficient (they have a call bell at each table) and the servers were polite. The next time you’re in Plaza Singapura, don’t hesistate to check out this dear little gem. :)