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Niko Neko Matcha, Bangsar

Niko Neko Matcha, Bangsar

Niko Neko Matcha in Bangsar is currently my go-to place when it comes to matcha based drinks. It pays homage to the traditional Japanese tea, crafting specialty drinks based on one’s palate and preference. Think wine/coffee appreciation based on tasting notes, in the form of matcha.

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The space at Niko Neko is small – I reckon only a handful (10 people max) will get to sit and enjoy their cup of matcha. If you’re out of luck, you’ll have to stand or have it to go. I got lucky so I was able to find an empty table to tuck into my hojicha croissant and two of Niko Neko’s specialty drinks.

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Kiku Matcha and Tsubaki Hojicha (iced)

At Niko Neko, you first start by choosing your tea base. I opted for KIKU (RM9) as it has a stronger matcha profile, prepared as a latte (RM3 top up). I don’t fancy sugar in my coffee/matcha drinks in general, so I opted to go without. Though I reckon a wee bit of sugar would help accentuate the umami notes of this tea.

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Jien got himself a TSUBAKI (RM7), a hojicha base in iced latte (RM3 top-up) form. He asked for a bit of sugar in his iced Tsubaki and I feel it has a good balance of tea, milk and sweetness.

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Hojicha Croissant

The Hojicha Croissant (RM10) puts a lot of bakeries to shame in Klang Valley – buttery, flaky and light with rich roasted tea filling at the centre. A collaboration between Niko Neko and Dew, this is definitely one of the better croissants I’ve eaten in a while, in Klang Valley and abroad.

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Service is relatively quick and the staff are helpful when it comes to recommendation. If you’re a first timer at Niko Neko, they will bring you through the order process and guide you where needed.

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It’s not a place for you to set up camp and work from your laptop but I’d say Niko Neko is a good place to go to if you’re a matcha drinker looking for craft and quality.

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Ambiance: 6/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 7.5/10 (pork-free)
Verdict: Good matcha-based drinks. Try the croissants as well.

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Niko Neko Matcha
82A, Lorong Maarof,
Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 011-2355 5405
Business hours: 12noon till 7pm
(closed Monday)

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