HOORAY!! Little Matcha Girl unofficially opened its doors to family, friends, and curious people passing by at 7AM sharp this morning. The Food Forager and I were leaving drool marks on their freshly cleaned front window from peeping through the shop window haha. The “soft opening” will run from this Tuesday through to Friday (7AM to 3PM) giving the team a bit of a trial run and plenty of practice before the official opening Saturday (31st October at 8AM).
So who is “Little Matcha Girl”? Stefanie Wee is her name! It has been Stef’s life long dream to open up her own very own dessert paradise. She has traveled throughout Japan in search of inspiration. And today, Stef has accomplished that dream!
Stef has a very experienced and solid team behind her. You may be familiar with Darren – Co-owner of Sprolo and Blacklist Coffee Roasters, Tracey – former Barista of Small Print, and Marta – LMG’s talented pastry chef.
I friken love the decor of LMG! Stef has opt for a clean, simply, and minimalist approach with the cafe fit out. I felt myself in a tranquil and peaceful state this morning.
There is one long display fridge strategically placed at the shop front right containing all the drool worthy treats.
I love the added touch of using Japanese numbers written on stones as the table numbers – truly unique touch.
Between the 3 of us, we ordered 4 cakes, 1 onigiri, and a drink each. Hmaphoto’s coffee was consumed too quickly to be included in this photo….eager beaver!
Who says you can’t have cake for breakfast?!
The strawberry shortcake was the standout favourite amongst all of us. A sweet and sour strawberry curd layer is sandwiched between two slices of cloud-like vanilla sponge layers and topped with a delicate layer of chantilly cream. I could eat a whole slice of this to myself!
My next favourite was the Orange-Yuzu Tart. Tangy orange-yuzu curd generously topping a crispy and sweet shortcrust tart base with a swirl of torched meringue – it all went so well together. I like a bit of zest or sourness in my desserts. I could have done with a little less meringue but that’s just my personal opinion. The meringue make it look pretty after all!
Next in line was the Chocolate Profiteroles. The crunchy choux pastry was filled with a smooth, strong, and bitter dark chocolate and hojicha tea cremeux and finished off with a teaser bite of hojicha popcorn. Leen The Foodie came in late and ordered this because we hadn’t covered all our bases with all the desserts 😉
The Black Sesame Cake was a nice surprise! I didn’t really know what to expect when we ordered it as I’ve never had anything similar. The combining the flavours of a black sesame chiffon, lemon curd, and toasted sesame is genius! There was a hint of saltiness to it which I loved.
Lastly, we had the Matcha Opera Bar. This beautiful, carefully and neatly laid dessert comprised layers of green tea sponge, chocolate ganache, and green tea buttercream. After eating so many light and tarty desserts, this opera bar was too sweet for me…making this my least favourite out of everything I tried.
Stef didn’t want to follow the conventional “toasted sandwich and wrap” type of cafe so she chose to solely serve cakes and Onigiri (sushi rice triangles) at LMG. We ordered the salmon one to try. The other Onigiris on offer today was a chicken one or an avocado option.
I wasn’t going to pass on the opportunity to order something matcha to drink. Torn between a matcha latte, cold brew matcha, or ceremonial matcha (tea by itself) I decided to give the matcha latte a try first. It was incredibly smooth to drink and contained just the right amount of sweetness. The roasted rice scattered on top added a nice crunchy and fragrant touch.
If you are a lover of Sprolo’s coffee then you’ll love the coffee here are Little Matcha Girl as it’s from the same roasters – Blacklist Coffee Roasters.
I’m really excited to see what else Little Matcha Girl has to offer Perth! Stef said some of the desserts are seasonal (eg: Orange-Yuzu Tart) so expect the desserts to change from time to time.
If you are a lover of matcha, not-too-sweet desserts, and coffee make sure you head down to Little Matcha Girl on the official opening day this Saturday 31st October at 8AM! There are 2 long tables for diners to enjoy their coffee and cake but I expect those to fill up fast!
Opening hours: MON- Closed; TUE-FRI 7AM to 3PM; SAT 8AM to 3PM; SUN 8AM to 2PM