Review: Nana’s Green Tea Cafe

I first heard about this cafe on television when they were introducing cafes that made great matcha. Then out of the blue, Sandra asked if I wanted to go try Nana’s so Sandra, Esther and I finally did today. It’s an open concept cafe which makes the already larger cafe seem even larger. Although there were many people during the lunch hour, it was not noisy at all. Throw in the plushy sofas, good food and convenient location, it’s a great place to hang out in if you are near town.

Nana’s has an everyday lunch set for $13.90 which offers a wide variety of choices, from donburis (rice) to hamburgers to udon and includes a drink, matcha and many other teas. It’s a pity their lunch set doesn’t include the unagi don, which would be my top choice, but I was game to try on weird sounding concoctions like their beef tomato curry udon.

Beef Tomato Curry Udon

Beef Tomato Curry Udon

The beef was too fatty for my liking but I guess the fats are unavoidable inΒ sliced beef. The soup was pleasantly not thick with curry sauce and it was perfect in terms of flavour. The cherry tomatoes maintained their form and added this burst of sweetness when eaten with the chewy curry flavoured udon. I was happy that I chose this instead of the boring sukiyaki udon that I almost wanted to pick. It’s a good choice if you always wanted to try what udon would taste like with Japanese curry. You secretly know you want to.

Esther ordered the salmon don which was a rice bowl topped with slices of Salmon sashimi, sprouts and pickled ginger.

Here’s what Esther said about her food,

“Overall the dish was decent but could have done with a lot more flavour. The salmon sashimi was not as fresh as I expected and the heat from the rice, probably affected the taste slightly. The rice was really well-cooked and I liked the combination of sesame seeds in the piping hot rice. The miso soup was nothing to rave about, and I’m pretty sure its simply packet miso mixed with hot water. All in all, the dish was sufficiently filling but lacking in flavor. The sauce provided simply tastes like soy sauce so in the end the dish felt like, salmon sushi, but upsized.”

Sandra ordered the Seafood Mentai Udon which I tried and immediately disliked because of the taste of roe. It permeates the entire thing and made me want to vomit but Sandra loved it.

According to Sandra,

“The Seafood Mentaiko Udon was very unique. The cream sauce was an alarming shade of pink, but not to worry, it tasted much better than it looked! The sauce was closer to a soupy rather than a creamy consistency- almost like a seafood broth. The aroma of the fish roe was very strong, which means it might not be for the fainthearted, but perfect if you like roe.

As for the udon, it was fresh and chewy- the perfect kind of udon! I liked how its taste wasn’t masked by the cream sauce; Nana’s manages to strike a good balance between the noodles and the soup. The seafood consisted of prawns, squid and scallops of above-average size and servings. All in all, it was a dish with lots of well-matched and yummy flavours!”

Each set lunch comes with a drink and we all chose cold Matcha latte! I seldom drink hot Matcha lattes in Singapore because it is already so hot outside. In my opinion, hot Matcha lattes taste the best when you’re in wintry Japan. There are other choices if you dislike sugar and milk, you could order the thin matcha (matcha without milk and sugar) or the azuki latte (red bean latte) or the Hoji tea (roasted green tea) etc.

Cold Matcha Latte

The Matcha Latte was thick and had the appropriate amount of sugar in it. It had a smooth texture that made it so easy to drink, perhaps one glass isn’t enough πŸ˜‰ I would come back to Nana’s for the Matcha drinks but probably not specially for the food. If you are in town looking for a place to chill and drink Matcha, Nana’s the place.

Nana’s Green Tea Cafe
Plaza Singapura
#03-80
Singapore 048617

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Singapore: Eastern Coastal Park Connector Network Cycling Trail (I)

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I just bought a new foldable bicycle, the Tern Link C7, and am on a quest to conquer all the Park Connectors in Singapore. There are only three, the Northern, Western and Eastern one but NParks is building more πŸ™‚

For those who do not have their own bicycles, do not fret because there are 6 PCN Pit stops along the Eastern PCN that rent bicycles out. You can rent a bicycle from any pit stop and return the bicycle at another pit stop which means you do not have to back track.

I started at Pasir Ris Park because we (my friend Bridget and I) didn’t know that there were PCN Pit stops so we thought that Bridget had to rent her bicycle from the bicycle shop in Pasir Ris Park. From Pasir Ris Park, you have to cross the wooden bridge that leads to the mangroves. You can dismount and take a stroll through the mangrove boardwalk. There are clear signs indicating the direction of the park connector. You can either choose to head to Bedok Reservoir or Changi Beach. We headed to Changi Beach and it’s a 7km ride from Pasir Ris Park.

Changi Beach

Along the way, there are bumpy pavements that make your ass hurt but there are long stretches that are downhill which is just plain awesome. It takes about half an hour to cycle from Pasir Ris to Changi Beach and you will be rewarded with the sea breeze and shady coconut trees.

Coconut Trees