Mochi Mochi: A Japanese Café on Heritage Square

Mochi Mochi: A Japanese Café on Heritage Square

For Japanese treats, with a South African twist!

The first mochi (Japanese sweets) salon in South Africa has settled into an (oh so cool and kawaii) new home! What began as a pop-up, from the team behind Tjing Tjing comes Mochi Mochi, a Japanese Café illuminated by Spook Design Co.’s lovable characters that bring the treats to life.

Mochi Mochi Entrance

A sweet odyssey

Mochi Mochi Cheesecake

When it launched almost a decade ago, Tjing Tjing was instrumental in awakening Capetonians’ taste buds to Japanese flavour-and-texture combinations we’d never imagined – mostly in the savoury space. At the same time, head chef Adri Morel started to develop her own range of artisanal Japanese confections, inspired by her visits to Japan. Her exquisite handmade mochi truffles (smaller than typical Japanese mochi) were an instant hit. And so the idea for a mochi salon was born.

So, what exactly is a mochi?

Mochi Mochi Truffles

Mochi are traditional Japanese treats, loved for their sticky, squishy and elastic texture. Made from glutinous rice (bear with us), they’re pounded and moulded into the desired shape. Adri experiments with a wide variety of fillings for her mochi truffles. She celebrates the playful kawaii (cute and pretty) side of Japanese food, keeping some traditional and authentic, putting a South African spin on others to suit local palates.

Sweet and savoury

Mochi Mochi Buns

Alongside the sweet, truffle-sized mochi (whose fillings change regularly), fluffy Japanese cheesecake, mitarashi dango (rice dumplings in a soy caramel), mochi ice cream, miso sticky buns and daifuku doughnuts, the café also serves a range of savoury milk bread buns with fillings that range from wagyu beef to ramen eggs with kewpie mayo. To drink, choose from a selection of Japanese green teas, pour-over coffee, coffee jelly latte and bubble tea.

Mochi Mochi Coffee

Sweet dreams!

Good to know Dogs are welcome at Mochi Mochi!
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm (open later on First Thursdays)
Contact 066 019 4656,
Where to find it Heritage Square, 71 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town

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Time of publication: 07 March 2023