Matcha Love is a Japanese café that opened up in the Mitsuwa grocery store. I first saw the signs for the store about a week before the grand opening, which took place on March 28. Well, I couldn’t pass up anything matcha, so on the second day, I gathered up a few friends to check it out.
Erm, sorry for that ginormous glare spot… Here’s a better photo of the menu prices:
The offerings here are quite simple: ice cream, hot tea, hot latte, shakes, and boba tea.The Matcha Shake was actually not a milkshake, like we all thought it would be. Instead, it was basically a milk tea drink. In fact, my other friends ordered a Matcha Boba Tea, and it was exactly the same thing as the shake, except with boba. Haha.
But anyway, just look at that matcha – isn’t the green color gorgeous? The taste was just as intense as the color – the matcha was very pronounced and rich, and I really loved it. The ice cream’s texture was also super smooth and creamy; we all agreed that the ice cream was the best item compared with the shake and boba tea.The black sesame ice cream was amazing. The black sesame taste was really intense – they were not skimping on ingredients here. Again, the ice cream’s texture was lusciously rich and creamy. If you’re a fan of black sesame, this is a must-try.
Since we went on the second day, there were a few kinks with our ordering… For example, I really wanted the “Triple Ice” so that I could try both the black sesame and matcha, but they said that they couldn’t make it without the waffle bowl. I tried to explain that I didn’t mind having all the flavors without the waffle bowl, but somehow they couldn’t ring it up… Anyway, in the end we just had to order the two flavors separately. But it seems that they’ve smoothed out some of these issues, as Kirbie of Kirbie’s Cravings visited Matcha Love recently as well, and they were able to split flavors in one cup. I also saw photos from another friend who got the Triple Ice with black sesame, matcha, and hoji-cha (roasted green tea).
Since it was their grand opening, they gave out free gift bags with the canned matcha tea. I gave the gift bag to my friend (we ordered together), but I tried some of the samples that were being offered and really loved the taste.
Overall, I really enjoyed the ice creams here, and now that it seems like they’ve worked out some of the splitting flavors issues, I am definitely planning my next Mitsuwa shopping trip so that I can return ASAP. The ice cream here is some of the smoothest that I’ve had, and I can’t wait for my next visit!
4240 Kearny Mesa Rd, San Diego, CA 92111
(Inside Mitsuwa Marketplace)
Hours: 9am-8pm Daily