Hello dear readers! How are you?
Last week I went to another cafe recommended by reader Emu– the Moomin Cafe. I don’t know very much about Moomins, but it looked totally adorable so I went there with my friend, also not a particular Moomin fan but definitely a fellow tea fan!
It is indeed very cute, and it was decorated for Christmas so it was even cuter than usual. We went there on a Sunday at midday and we had to queue for a little bit. The staff brought hot tea out to us! It is actually a bakery and a gift shop as well as a cafe. We decided to have lunch though. There was curry, a pasta and mini quiche set, something which I forgot, and meatballs. Apart from the curry, I think everything is supposed to be inspired by Finnish cuisine as the Moomins are from Finland. There was also all sorts of bread of which you could eat as much as you liked!
I was excited when I saw the bread because it looks like European style bread, which I miss very much. Japanese bread is very sweet, very white and altogether rather like sponge cake. I don’t mind it but I wish I could have the oher type sometimes. Unfortunately this bread, despite appearances, turned out to be squishy and sweet as usual (even the ones without raisins) and the refill option was lost on my friend and me because we do not have the Japanese ability to eat enormous amounts of carbohydrates without becoming full. Nontheless it was lovely bread, even if it was not what I expected!
I watched the Moomins cartoon when I was little, but I don’t remember much about it, and I only became aware much later that they are magical troll creatures (I thought they were a type of hippopotamus from the moon). My lasting impression was of Papa Moomin’s dapper top hat and of a little girl with a wicked, sly face. I was telling my friend about how I did not fancy that the looks of that little girl very much, when the waitress arrived at the table with this:
Oh dear! Anyway she behaved herself, and it’s very sweet that the staff bring a toy to sit with you. The Moomin troll ones were so cute! They were very big and friendly looking. I want one! The whole cafe is decorated with murals of the Moomin characters and toys, and there are Moomin books to read. The gift shop goods are also very nice and you can buy the Moomin cutlery that is used in the restaurant.
The food was very tasty indeed. I had the meatballs, which also came with soup (it had moomin pasta in it!), green salad, cherry tomatoes, a scoop of Japanese potato salad and smoked fish.
I absolutely loved the meatballs and the smoked fish! The sauce with the meatballs was delicious. Unfortunately the soup was very sweet (not sure if it was corn or pumpkin) and with the sweet bread as well I could not finish it. I ate all the pastas though! I want to go back again and try the other dishes, and the french toast that Emu recommended!
The Moomin Cafe is in the LaQua complex near Tokyo Dome, so there are lots of things to do nearby- amusements, shops, other cafes and so on. There was even a live performance by a girl singer while we were there! It’s got a sort of Disneyland-ish feeling and I think it would be a nice place to go as a couple. Maybe next time I’ll go in the evening to see the illuminations!
Here’s what I wore:
Bolero is Emily Temple Cute, socks are Metamorphose, bag from Swimmer and blouse and skirt are vintage. Shoes are from Marks and Spencer but I got them for £3.75 in a charity shop while I was in England during the summer!
ボレロはEmily Temple Cute、靴下はMetamorphose、ハンドバッグはSwimmerから、ブラウスとスカートはビンテージです。
How do you like the Moomin cafe? Were Moomins a cherished part of your childhood or did you also mistake them for space versions of large African mammals?
Thanks for reading and see you again soon!