Excuse me, Waiter? My burger is green. And so begins the craze of the bright green foods. SO, what is this magical matcha and why are we obsessing over it?
Matcha is a ground green tea powder, grounding the whole leaves to give you a more potent source of nutrients. Unlike other green teas, the preparation to create this fascinating powder is different. Whilst growing, the tea plants are in fact covered with cloth to ensure they’re shaded. There is then a meticulous drying and ageing process before the leaves are ground into the powder. This ensures more flavour and texture. It’s also higher in natural caffeine. Matcha is packed full of antioxidants including polyphenols, as well as containing Vitamin B and C. It’s said to lower cholesterol and blood sugar, as well as assisting in weight loss by boosting your metabolism. Now that we’ve covered the formalities, it’s time for a taste of this green goodness.
Matcha Mylkbar is the latest trendy spot down in St Kilda, not to mention Australia’s first matcha cafe. It boasts a menu of plant-based dining, full of hearty flavour. With a range of breakfast and lunch options, as well as a drinks menu to meet every desire, Matcha Mylkbar has you covered. Despite food and health trends that come and go, this cafe is worth the hype and is in for the long haul. Tip: Just make sure you order what you truly desire, to avoid turning green with envy.
Photographed: 1. Soy chicken burger, mushroom bacon, avocado, beetroot kraut, matcha bun, beetroot hummus, sweet potato fries.
2. Blue Zone Bowl – 1. Sardinia, Italy -pumpkin gnocchi, eggplant bolognese, spinach, beans, green molata.
Photo taken by #1 cafe partner Alexandra Ball.