You know how I said I wanted to do a café review in every city? Yeah. Yeeeaaah.
That was a cute idea. Sadly (very, very sadly), the spots that I tried out over the last two weeks haven't reallly been my cup of tea. I've thus far nibbled in Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and now, welcome to what I've been waiting for: Momi Café in Suzhou.
There were a few decent desserts in HK and Shanghai, but I found them at restaurants, not little cafés. Apparently, Momi has a branch in Shanghai as well... so I missed them there. Luckily I found them in Suzhou.
Before we get to my happy dessert place, let's talk about the concept of Momi.
It works as a card shop (I read somewhere that the cards are designed by the Momi staff themselves, but this isn't 100 percent confirmed), a ceramic shop, a book store, and an overall haven for trinket lovers like myself.
The post office is one of the coolest ideas that I've ever heard of... you write a card, pay for postage (and sometimes an applicable fee), and then the staff mails it for you... today, tomorrow, a month from now, or anytime up until 2022!!! I find this outrageously awesome. You can write how you feel about someone today, and they can read your words up to 9 years from now! (Ha, assuming they don't move!)
Also, from a design point of view, the wall of letters (with months and the days in a grid-like form) is just splendid.
So, I JUST realized that I didn't get a photo of the months, but you can see the days along the columns. To the far left of the wall, the months are labelled, too! This is for year 2013 to 2014. If you need to post your mail later on...
That's just WAY too cool for me. I love it!
Whoop! Ok, so now that you fully understand how much I appreciate this really amazing concept... Let's talk <3 cake <3!
They had available a cheesecake, a chocolate mousse, and a tiramisu. I had recently had a cheesecake in Shanghai with my pops (actually, this (Japanese) café was really good, but it was pouring and we were incredibly tired - I didn't get the name!), so I dove right into one of my favourite desserts: the tiramisu!
Let's start simple: this piece of tiramisu was so.good.
I'm not quite sure if the cream was in fact a mascarpone (it may be! I'm not a mascarpone expert), but it was this delicious light, fluffy, and creamy mousse... basically like a sweet, swirl of cloud on my fork sandwiched between an excellent espresso syrup and thin moist sponge cakes.
It was great.
The entire layering affect was done really well. The flavours mingled together perfectly. Also, the cocoa sprinkle on top was nice and thick, so the first thing your teeth sunk into was a nice bite of chocolate.
Yep. After the daily pastry effort since I've arrived in China, I have finally found something worth writing about! If I lived in Suzhou, I would probably head over to this place way too often.
They also had a great cappuccino! I kind of regret not trying one of the fun other drinks, but I ACTUALLY worked on my thesis, so high levels of caffeine were needed.
I sat upstairs by a little window...
... but, they also have tables on the ground floor in front of the counter, a small terrace outside in their central courtyard, a back room (where you write on the walls!!!), and even a few tables out front along the canal.
Shucks. This was a great place. It was really popular, with throngs of people photographing, shopping, drinking teas and coffees, and enjoying the sweet treats!
The staff was AWESOME, there was free wifi, and they even have a jar of coloured pencils on every table to encourage creativity!
Repeat: the baristas were so amazing. My Chinese consists of approximately 5 words (maybe 8 now?). I got so excited about the whole posting process (via hand movements and a massive smile) that I totally forgot to pay for my stamp! I ended up running back down the street to pay, along with delivering a hundred "I'm sorry!!!"s.
If you're EVER in Shanghai or Suzhou, PLEASE head on over to this café! The one I checked out is on Pingjiang Road... a beautiful little shopping street split into two along a canal. It ends up at The Humble Administrator's Garden (that is beautiful and full of greenery and flowers!).
Name – Momi Café
Style – Paper/card/book/ceramic shop serving up teas, coffees, and delicious cakes!
Address – 25 Pingjiang Road, Pingjiang Lu area of Suzhou, China
Tasting soundtrack - Tunes to inspire your inner gourmand(e):
Aheeem, no YouTube in China (where I still am...), but Momi was playing lots of great tunes! I haven't heard John Mayer in ages... so that was a really welcomed listen. I'll make up for the lacking soundtrack next time!
P.S. AHHH!!! I LOVED THIS PLACE SO MUCH! <3