Monday, 29 May 2017

Matcha on the Terrace with teapigs

Matcha is having a bit of a moment right now. Matcha lattes are popping up in cafes all over the place and that bright green powder is being introduced to more and more menu items.

I have to admit I've never been convinced by the idea of matcha, that was until Harvey Nichols invited me up to their 5th floor terrace to try out some of their matcha creations and I was pretty quickly sold on the idea of putting it in just about everything!

Matcha on the Terrace with teapigs

I will admit right away that I am not the world's biggest fan of drinking green tea. I try to get back into it every so often but it never seems to stick. However, I'm fairly certain now that I have been going about green tea all the wrong way. Turns out chucking a teabag in a cup of hot water in the morning and trying to convince yourself you're enjoying it really isn't the best plan. Putting green tea in a rum cocktail and sipping on it in the evening though is a significantly better idea!

Matcha on the Terrace with teapigs

Matcha on the Terrace with teapigs

I took my pal Sophia along to the roof terrace at Harvey Nichols and on arrival were greeted with a rum, pineapple and matcha cocktail and after a tentative first sip I was hooked! Sweet, fresh and with just a little savoury hit from the matcha it had everything you could want from a cocktail and more once we found out just how good matcha is for you.

Unlike green tea in a tea bag, matcha is the whole leaf ground up which means that one cup of matcha has ten times the nutrients of one cup of regular green tea and for those of you worried about your caffeine intake, one cup of matcha has half the caffeine of one cup of coffee.

Matcha on the Terrace with teapigs

There's a whole load of science involved in understanding and working this all out but with research suggesting that the antioxidents it contains help keep your skin healthy and the combination of the caffeine and a particular amino acid encouraging slow release of energy it's a pretty smart thing to try and include in your diet.

While we were busy drinking our matcha cocktails the kitchen was busy preparing us a selection of the delicious food being served on the terrace.

Matcha on the Terrace with teapigs

Matcha marinated chicken, grilled prawns with a delicious matcha dressing, salmon with matcha sauce, matcha and black quinoa salad and a seriously delicious matcha and white chocolate macaron. The matcha was subtle in each of the dishes but added a little something along with a fantastically healthy looking colour!

After we had our fill of nibbles we were treated to a little cocktail demonstration from the lovely people behind Pococello. From the brilliant minds of the guys at Pizza Pilgrims this limoncello is sunshine in a bottle. When combined with a few other ingredients, matcha of course included, it makes a delicious summer cocktail.

Matcha on the Terrace with teapigs

Matcha really surprised me. I had assumed that everything would taste very matcha-y but I was so wrong. Just a small amount of matcha adds a subtle earthy flavour to food and drink and with all the health benefits it boasts why wouldn't you want to slip some into your everyday diet, be it mixed in with smoothies, cocktails, marinades or maybe even soups and curries.

I'd really recommend popping up to the 5th floor terrace at Harvey Nichols and trying matcha in ways you probably haven't before. Teapigs will be there until the 25th June and with London being due some more gorgeous weather it would be foolish not to give it a try!

Head up, pull up a chair in the sunshine and natter the night away with some friends and enjoy the best that teapigs has to offer.

Matcha on the Terrace with teapigs

(Are you an matcha enthusiast? Do you have any delicious recommendations as to how to get matcha into your diet? Let me know in the comments below and tag me on Instagram when you head to the bar!)
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