Matcha, the powdered green tea that’s popular to drink (or used as an ingredient) in Japan, is starting to have its moment in the United States. SHUHARI Matcha Cafe is a modern matcha bar from the Cool Japan Fund on Venice’s chic Abbot Kinney Boulevard.
The airy space features light wood accents, an open kitchen, a pair of benches on concrete flooring, and a bamboo-framed back patio with sun-soaked couches. During my visit, gifted orchids from legendary chef Nobu Matsuhisa were still vibrant by the counter.
SHUHARI utilizes three grades of matcha, reserving ceremonial matcha for the whisk, culinary matcha for hot drinks, and everyday matcha for Sparklers ($5) made with house soda water shaken with matcha powder. Sparklers come in flavors like lemon, mint, pineapple, and my choice, yuzu juice, which contributed tart brightness from the farmed Japanese citrus fruit.