Moomin Bakery & Café was the first stop on our one-day tour of novelty cafés in Tokyo. Located in the LaQua Spa Complex Tokyo Dome City, 1st floor and is very easy to find.
We arrived at the café just in time for lunch and the line was incredibly long. The wait was almost an hour, but we didn’t mind as my friend and I chatted the whole time, talked about our love lives, work and such since we haven’t seen each other for quite time.
After almost an hour, we finally reached the front of the line and we were accompanied to our seats. My friend served as my interpreter because the staff didn’t really speak English. Moomin Café doesn’t have English Menu too, so we just picked what looks good based from the pictures.
The price for lunch menu was a little expensive ranging from 1,200 – 1,400 yen, but it included a drink. After we ordered, the staff told us that we can proceed to the bread corner and it’s all-you-can-eat. YAY! I’m telling you, their bread is to die for and amazing.
We had thought it was an expensive lunch, but it was actually worth it because of the unlimited delicious and amazing bread. I tried every bread while we waited for the food and my favorite was the one with cranberry and almonds. It was very flavorful on its own.
There were breads that were still warm and moist like it was just pulled out of the oven. These are the ones that I keep coming back to. All of a sudden, I felt bad for my husband because he loves bread and he wasn’t able to join us due to his work.
As I ate my bread, I looked around the café and loved the overall atmosphere. The café / restaurant is attached to their bakery shop where patrons wait in a long line too. I told myself that their bread must be good for the people to stay in line, and they really are!
I scanned the place once more and noticed that most patrons are families with kids and friends in two. Although its concept is ‘anti-loneliness’, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to eat here by yourself.
After not more than 10 minutes, our food arrived and looked as good as it does in the picture on the menu. My friend had this (photo above). We have no idea what it was but from the looks and taste of it, it’s a curry. It was really good when I tried it and my friend loved it too. Price: 1,300 jpy. So cute right?!
My order had three meatballs, obviously, with mustard sauce and blueberry on top. It also had vegetables dipped in cheese on the side, salad, and soup. Oh, it was soo good! My friend and I couldn’t believe that aside from their to-die-for-breads, the food that they served were all so good too. Price: 1,380 jpy.
The Moomin stuffed toy was not given to us immediately. We had to wait for other customers to finish their meals before they were placed at our table. First, we were given the Little My. In the story, she was adopted by the Moomin family. She is small but determined and is fiercely independent.
After a while, we took this Moomin stuffed toy away from the nearby table as the customer finished her meal. We were too excited to take him away from her lol. This Moomin was surprisingly heavy but cuddle-able.
To sum it all up, Moomin Bakery & Café is not a gimmick café. They have a very satisfactory service and great food, the bread especially. My friend and I enjoyed dining in this café for the first time.
Again, their bread was absolutely fucking amazing and this is something that I would keep coming back to.
I have to warn you though since this place is very popular, it always jam-packed even on weekdays. Patience is needed when you want to dine at this café. Was the waiting time worth it? Definitely!
Moomin Bakery & Café
Address: 1-1-1 Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo Dome City, LaQua Spa Complex 1F
Closest Station: Suidobashi Station
Price range: 1,200 – 1,400 jpy for the lunch menu, free drinks + all you can eat bread.
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 8:00 – 10:00 every Sunday.
Moomins are magical characters from a Finnish children’s story created and illustrated by Swedish-Finn Tove Jansson which is also considered a popular anime TV series in Japan. Moomins are a family of trolls who loves adventures and lives in Moominvalley. They are white with a large muzzle and chubby body that make them look like hippopotamuses.