It was love at first sight when I encountered the Moomins, a family of white hippopotamus-like creatures, many years ago. I felt elated when I finally had the chance to visit the Moomin Café in HK that first opened its doors to customers on 5 December 2014.
The timing of the opening of the café in HK couldn't have been better as it coincided with the 100th anniversary of the late Finnish creator, Tove Jansson (1914 - 2001). Anyway, as my BFF and I wanted to eat some street snacks afterwards, we decided to share the main course of choice.
Light Curry Meatballs Finland Style with Blueberry Jam
Meatballs are central to Scandinavian cuisine, or at least that's my notion formed through the exposure to IKEA meatballs. Anyway, the meatballs that arrived on the table were tender and adequately juicy, going well with the creamy, savoury curry sauce and the mildly sweet blueberry jam.
Risotto with Grilled USA Scallops and Shrimps in Pesto Sauce
The risotto was cooked well with seafood broth and pretty aromatic pesto sauce, which lent that nice green colour to the dish. It came with two plump scallops that were bouncy and naturally sweet, as well as a few shrimps that could be more succulent.
Moomin Rare Cheesecake HK$88.00 (~S$15.90)
I'm not too sure why the name of the dessert carries the word 'rare', but the presentation was delightful. The cheesecake wasn't the best I've ever had, but it was quite velvety with a layer of biscuit crumbs at the bottom. The assorted fruits were fresh enough.
Aurora Shine HK$48.00 (~S$8.65)
Never had I seen green-coloured fruit punch prior to that dinner. There was nothing spectacular about the drink, but it was adequately refreshing and moderately sweet with predominantly citrus flavours. Anyway, I've never seen the Northern Lights directly with my own eyes, but hopefully I'll get the chance in the near future.
Pika's advice: Don't worry if you don't get your favourite plushie at the beginning. Do let one of the servers know which one you want to be seated with you and he/she will bring it to you as soon as it's available. We sat with Stinky at first while waiting for the other diners with any of the Moomins to leave the restaurant.
I want to live with all the adorable creatures in Moominvalley~
17 Canton Road
Shop 32, 3/F Harbour City
Tsim Sha Tsui
(Daily: 11.00am - 9.30pm)
*Prices quoted are subject to 10% service charge.
Have a nice meal,