I'm on an all green diet.
No, really. *eats everything Matcha*
Okay, so not really. But after trying this cafe, which is Ottawa first Japanese cafe, you'll want to be on an all green diet. But specifically all matcha. Uji Café opened up in February of this year, and it's been a hit ever since. They offer desserts, pastries, and beverages that will make you feel like you transported yourself to Japan for just a little while.
If you're not familiar with matcha, then you probably don't keep up with trends that much. Matcha is a finely ground powder that comes from green tea. It contains theanine and caffeine, and the combination of both is why people feel so zen and relaxed after consuming matcha. There are so many health benefits from consuming matcha that you'll want to drink it every single day. A few are:
- It's high in antioxidants
- Boosts energy and concentration
- Detoxes the body
- Revs up your metabolism
- Improves the immune system
Uji Café got their name from a city in Japan, which is Japans most well known tea planting city. It produces the highest quality matcha in the world at this moment, and yes, all of their products are made with this exact matcha from Uji. They have high quality desserts that are made with this matcha powder, but if you're not a huge matcha fan, then you can get it without it or a different flavour!
Their treats include matcha shaved iced, matcha cheesecake, matcha crepes, and so much more. They also have matcha lattes and Japanese green tea, which is the best kind of green tea. With all the fuss about matcha these days, considering it's so healthy and beneficial for your body, Uji Café opened up to the right city at the right time. Ottawa is becoming a city that thrives on healthy eating, and it's becoming more prominent in 2017.
So, if your New Years resolution is to eat healthier or just become healthier in general, this is the place to go. Okay, maybe it's not that healthy, but the benefits are amazing whether it comes from eating matcha flavoured desserts or actually drinking matcha. Who cares, right? It all tastes delicious.
Uji Café is located at 215 Rideau Street, which is just outside of the ByWard Market and is open from 11 am to 9 pm every day. I promise, this will become your new favourite cafe. If the desserts aren't healthy, let's pretend they are. No one needs to know otherwise.