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Eating Edmonton: Tsujiri

In Eating Edmonton, our food writers break down their favourite (or not-so-favourite) local haunts

What: Tsujiri
Where: 10173 109 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 3M5
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.;
Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Price Range: $3.75 to $8.25


They say coffee is a university student’s best friend, but what about tea?

Both options are good hand-warmers, but tea has a special place in my heart. Whenever my family has a gathering or just a dim sum outing, we’d always have that one pot of jasmine/green/[insert Chinese tea name] on our tables. Drinking tea gives me nostalgic vibes — it reminds me of the good ol’ days when I didn’t have three back-to-back finals in two days.

Sigh.

Although I’m no tea expert, I’d still consider myself a tea enthusiast. And that means I’ve got to review every tea house I can find within a 100 kilometre radius of my location. In this installment of Eating Edmonton, I’ll be reviewing the Japanese tea house Tsujiri, located in the heart of downtown.

Tsujiri is a Japanese tea franchise that Riemon Tsuji founded in 1860 in Kyoto, Japan. It specializes in matcha, which is a kind of specially grown ground green tea leaf. Aside from the teas, the other items on its menus are all tea-inspired, and it’s freaking awesome. Matcha parfaits, matcha cakes, matcha ice cream: you name it, Tsujiri has it. Tsujiri also focuses on the design of its stores, which is a bonus because who doesn’t like an artsy Instagram post?

I recently visited Tsujiri to give its teas a try, and I was pleasantly surprised. The matcha tasted nothing like the usual grocery-store green tea. The tea itself is rich and complex with slightly bitter tones; it’s essentially the tea of all teas. I recommend pairing your cup of matcha with a slice of matcha cheesecake to really dive into that matcha experience.

The only downside to Tsujiri is the price. The standard cup of matcha goes for about $4.75, but specialty drinks range from $5.00 to $6.75. Personally, I think it’s a little pricey for the typical university student (a.k.a. me). While the tea’s quality makes up for its price tag, it’s not ideal for the casual drink-to-go. Other than that, Tsujiri is a nice place to enjoy a steamy cup of matcha after your finals streak.

Bonus: Tsujiri has soy milk and lactose-free milk options!

Pauline Chan

Pauline Chan is a third-year Food Science Honours student as well as The Gateway’s unofficial food columnist. She likes food so much she’s studying it. In her spare time you can find her complaining about the long lineups at Tim’s.

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