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Review: Green Tea Cheesecake at Katsura Grill in Epcot’s Japan Pavilion

We’ve been enjoying snack time at Walt Disney World as we launched our Disney Food Blog Guide to Epcot Snacks e-Book, 2014 Edition earlier this week!

To continue the celebration, let’s check out one of my favorite spots in World Showcase. And while we’re there, we’ll sample a never-featured-here-before snack today!

I think Epcot’s Japan Pavilion boasts some of the loveliest landscaping in Epcot, and a lot of it can be enjoyed from an outdoor seat at Katsura Grill.

Katsura Grill

Katsura Grill

Outdoor seating

Outdoor seating

The greenery, the paper lanterns, and waterfall all contribute to a sense of beauty and peace — even on the busiest of park days — so I’m always looking for reasons to spend more time in this spot.

A view from Katsura Grill

A view from Katsura Grill

Lanterns

Lanterns

Waterfall

Waterfall

One of those reasons, recently, was to try the Green Tea Cheesecake. I adore cheesecake, but have had both good and bad experiences with green tea infused food, so I was curious about what I might discover.

Upon receiving my slice, the first thing my eyes took in was the color. As expected, it’s rather green :), but a very light hue.

Green Tea Cheesecake

Green Tea Cheesecake

Green Tea Cheesecake

Green Tea Cheesecake

The portion size, I must say, seemed small to me. The slice was very thin. The other thing I noticed is that there is no bottom crust — only the lightly browned bit on the end.

End of Green Tea Cheesecake

End of Green Tea Cheesecake

I was much more pleased with the taste and creamy, dense texture. The density made up a bit for the portion size, since it was pretty filling.

The presence of green tea was much milder than I expected. While you do get a bit of that very distinct green tea flavor, it’s more of a light, sweetened hint. I’d thought the flavor of the vanilla cheesecake base might get lost in the green tea, but I was able to enjoy it entirely.

Texture of Green Tea Cheesecake

Texture of Green Tea Cheesecake

This really worked for me — while I like a mild hint of green tea, I often find it very overpowering. This was basically like eating regular cheesecake with a little taste of something outside the norm.

The Green Tea Cheesecake is $4.50 and available as a snack credit (or Quick Service dessert) on the Disney Dining Plan. Those looking for a more robust green tea flavor might prefer to take a quick walk to the neighboring pavilion — Morocco — and try the Green Tea Chef-created Ice Cream at the Spice Road Table Juice Bar, which is a very bold green tea treat.

Green Tea Ice Cream is also available at Katsura Grill.

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Have you tried the Green Tea Cheesecake? If so, please let us know what you thought with a comment!

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5 Comments

  1. Essie says:

    I’d probably try just about anything at the Japan pavilion just so I could be there! I love this area with it’s beautiful koi pond, waterfall and evergreens. It’s a peaceful respite from the rest of the park. I’m not big on green tea, but I love their shaved ice cones, and dinner at Teppan Edo is a real treat, also.

  2. Sheri says:

    We had above and beyond remarkable service from Katsura Grill on our last visit in 2013. My young daughter has food allergies and we chose to grab a counter service lunch at KG thinking it would be easy to avoid her allergens. Turns out we were wrong. Only one item on the menu was safe, and even that had to be specially cooked to be safe. The staff was WONDERFUL! They made a safe meal and while it took some extra time two waitresses kept my daughter distracted by playing with her and making her origami cranes. She still has those cranes, they mean more to her as a memory than anything we could have bought in a shop.

  3. Cate says:

    I ate at Katsura Grill for the first time on my trip to Disney last January. I never get dessert, but it was a rare trip where we were on the dining plan. When I saw the Green Tea Cheesecake, I was intrigued. I love green tea, but I was also a little scared that this dessert would end up tasting slightly bitter. After chatting with a lovely young woman working there, I was convinced that it was worth a try. And I’m SO happy I did. This cheesecake was indeed very creamy and the green tea was not overpowering. I ate every bite (which is saying something for someone who doesn’t do dessert). It has made it onto my must have list.

  4. Rodney says:

    Looks good, but I bet a little ketchup would make it better!

  5. PocketNinja says:

    Also, just so you know, most asian places that DO make cheesecake don’t make a crust. :)

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