Mochi is having a bit of a moment in London. Quite a big moment in fact, to the point where we can’t stop thinking about it nor stop eating it. Bidding bao buns to back down and humous milkshakes to move aside, mochi is the culinary scene’s latest “OMG” and like most great things (sushi, Hello Kitty), it’s here from Japan!
But what actually is mochi? Well, it’s like a little cake packed with ice cream and, on the outside, mochigome, a short-grain japonica glutinous rice, and other ingredients such as water, sugar, and cornstarch. It’s bloody tasty too and comes in a range of flavours. Try Little Moon’s espresso mochi and you’ll never look back…
So, if you want a slice (or mochi ball) of the action, then look no further…
There’s such a thing as artisanal mochi, and whilst this place has a name that makes it sound as if all the mochi has run out, it’s a dab hand at producing some of London’s prettiest creations. Ai No Mochi was created by people who had no ulterior motive but their adoration of Japanese food and, since opening, their mochi has captured the attention of many a Londoner, and Vogue Magazine too. Dazzling flavours including vegan matcha, pistachio and raspberry and salted caramel are presented alluringly, and artistically and our mouths are officially watering…
Snog your heart out at this mochi joint that serves it in truckloads of chewy flavours. Granted, the famed frozen yog might be the centre piece of dessert haven Snog, but mochi comes as a topping choice so that’s pretty groovy. Expect frozen yoghurt slathered in mochi balls, including the green tea with mochi and pineapple – the talk of the town!
Gosh, I fancy a snog….
Where: Various Locations
Little Moons are storming the mochi scene and, quite frankly, are the reason behind this guide. We tried them, we fell in love! Offering up a mochi pick ‘n’ mix, flavours are bountiful. You’ve got green tea, mango, Sumatran coconut, Himalayan salted caramel and the epic, wow-worthy, espresso. These moreish mochi’s will have you returning time and time again. They’re also so pretty, we could stare at them forever… but then the ice-cream would melt, and no-one wants that!
Where: Various Locations
K Minamoto knows a thing or two about mochi! Specialising in Japanese confectionary, which is something we’d quite like to specialise in, come to think of it, they make wagashi (Japanese sweets) in all different forms. When visiting the spot at 44 Piccadilly, we recommend the signature white peach mochi. It’s sweet white peach flavour has been wrapped in bean paste and soft rice cake and we’re just going to stop talking now because OMG yum!
There’s also delicious strawberry and matcha mochi on offer too.
Where: 44 Piccadilly, W1J 0DS
Eugh Tsujiri, you’re killing us. If you’re trying to diet, turn away now, as this juicy Japanese oasis has all things head-turning housed inside it. Brewing since 1860, Tsujiri began in Kyoto and slowly monopolised Asia, Canada, Australia and now London! Be sure to try the crispy sundae, which will see you indulge in Okinawa sugar, mochi, chestnut, waffer, red bean and rice crispy, or the Wa sundae, with with kanten, salted caramel cream and warabi mochi. We’re sold…
Where: Soho & Chinatown