If you are ever looking for cafes to satisfy your matcha crave, Yama Cafe would be the go-to place.  Formerly known as Basho Cafe, Yama Cafe is a cozy Japanese cafe, which retained almost the same menu and atmosphere as before. It serves breakfast and lunch sets, afternoon sweets, and a large selection of beverages. And more importantly, they are ALL gluten-free and made in-house.

I love studying and grabbing a snack or two from here. Though the cafe can get pretty busy, it is never too loud to a point that I would get distracted. I was back again for a media event to discover more about the menu and this cozy cafe itself.

Tuna Tataki Lunch Set

Tuna Tataki Lunch Set | $12.95 (+$4)

You can add $4 to upgrade to a lunch set, which includes seasonal vegetables, daily soup, Japanese pickles, and one mochi muffin. The tuna tataki is nicely seared, but I found its citrus flavor is slightly overpowering. There are two soup options – mushroom or miso soup. I love the mushroom soup, light and creamy.

Tea Lattes

Matcha Latte (sweetened) | $4.25
Black Sesame Latte | $?
Chaga Chai Latte | 4.25

My favorite would definitely be the Black Sesame Latte. It has a very strong black sesame flavor. They also added a pinch of kinako (sweet toasted soybean powder) for decoration! It is more on the sweeter side, but I think it is still manageable. Make sure you stir before you drink! Matcha Latte is not super surprising, and it has a hint of the bittersweet from the matcha powder, and that’s how I like it. Chaga Chai Latte would be my least favorite one, just because it has a strong cinnamon flavor to it, and I was never a fan of chai latte anyway.

Assorted Afternoon Sweets

You can never miss the sweets from here. The owner serves us a dessert platter, which got me super excited. On the platter, it includes all the sweets that they serve in the house:

  • Strawberry Shortcake | $3.75
  • Matcha Strawberry Shortcake | $4
  • Souffle Cheesecake | $1.25
  • Mochi Muffins (Plain, Matcha, Coffee, Houjicha, Chocolate) | $1
  • Cookies (Double Chocolate, Matcha Almond, Salt & Sesame) | $0.50
  • Matcha Brownie | $2.50
  • Taro Phyllo | $2.50

Unfortunately, they do not serve this all-in-one platter at the moment. But it would definitely be a good idea to set it up as an afternoon tea menu! Compared to my last visit when they first opened, the desserts improved a lot. The mocha muffins now have a chewy texture, and my favorite is the Matcha and Houjicha. The shortcakes are very soft, fluffy, and not too sweet. They are also reasonably priced.  I love the Matcha Brownie the most because you can taste the bittersweet in every single bite. The texture of the brownie is definitely on point.

Matcha Strawberry Shortcake | $4
Strawberry Shortcake | $3.75
Assorted Sweets Platter

Overall, I would recommend this place to people who are looking for quiet places to study or the ones who would like to hang out in small groups. My personal favorite in this cafe is the Daily Soup, Matcha Brownie, and Black Sesame Latte.

Taste: 3.5/5 • Service: 5/5 • Ambiance: 4.5/5 • Quality-Price: 4/5

ADDRESS: 2007 E Hastings Street, Vancouver, Vancouver, BC V5L 1T9

HOURS: 9AM – 4PM | Mon, Wed to Fri • 11AM – 4PM | Sat to Sun

INSTAGRAM: @yamacafe2007

Disclosure: Media Event

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  1. LOVE the photos! must check out these places 🙂

    1. Thank you for showing love to my blog ? and yes this place is one of the hidden gems in Vancouver!

      1. Can’t wait to read more! <3

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