I love Matcha Time Cafe. I've been going there for about 2.5 years now. In the last year I go about once a week! It's one of the few cafes around that really understands how to properly brew tea, and has many high quality tea options. My husband doesn't really like tea, but loves their iced herbal teas. Matcha Time is a great place to stop in for lunch, a snack, or a drink. You order at the cash register, and they bring the food to you as it is ready (cafe style).
I love Japanese food, and was originally drawn to Matcha Time for their onigiri (rice balls). It's one of the quick foods from Japan that is hard to find at a restaurant. We really love Matcha Time's onigiri! Their menu is a little limited since it's a cafe instead of a full restaurant, but they have weekly specials that often add something to the menu that isn't usually there. Their Japanese fried chicken is SO GOOD! I really wish it was on their menu full time, but I suspect it's rather labor intensive to make.
They have ramen weekends about once a month. It's hardest to find a seat during this time because it's so popular, but it's worth it for some good quality ramen. They also have vegan ramen, which is not particularly common. You can also get food to go; for ramen they give you the broth separate from everything in it so that it doesn't get soggy on the way home, and then you combine when you get there.
The staff here are really wonderful people. Hatsumi-san is really good at hiring good people. Please go and enjoy one of my favorite spots in Howard County!
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