Opened on December 6, 2012, this Moomin Shop is the first official brand shop to open in Japan. Located inside of Dogwood Plaza in Futakotamagawa, it’s located on the 2nd floor right off the escalator. For those of you who don’t know Moomin, it’s a central character in a series of books and comic strip by a Swedish-Finn illustrator and has been very popular here in Japan for a long time. The shop has the cutest items along with a small coffee corner where you can order lattes for 550yen with a choice of your favorite Moomin character on top of the foam drawn with coco powder. The coffee was surprisingly good so I wasn’t dissapointed despite having to pay 550yen for a latte. This is a great place to come for Moomin fans.
We’ve been coming to Futakotamagawa more frequently as it’s less crowded and has many of the shops we want to go to. Got hungry at 4pm… so decided to snack here after choosing from many options in this mall. Ended up deciding on Bistro Tama, a French inspired bistro that I was immediately drawn to.
They had a “Mont Sant Michel Rice Omelet with demiglace sauce” for 1100yen so I got that and the other dish pictured above is the Bistro Tama European Spicy Curry for 1200yen. Both were pretty good and satisfied our empty tummy’s. The omelet was so fluffy that it felt like air. Loved the presentation of the dish too. They also had baumkuchen desserts so you can choose that for a mid-day snack too. Since the restaurant is on the 7th floor, you get a nice view of Futakotamagawa if you get to sit by the window.
This was my first time in this new building in Futakotamagawa which opened last spring called Dog Wood Plaza (it has nothing to do with dogs) and I was impressed. It has lots of good stores, an amazing depachika (food floor), and their sit-down restaurant area on the top floor is not bad. I rarely come to this side of town but I gotta say, Futakotamagawa was happening. Anyhow, we dined at this pasta house on the 7th floor and had a pretty good experience.
AW Kitchen emphasizes that they get their produce from local farmers and as soon as you walk in, you’ll notice a middle island that has a small salad bar. It’s a pasta house but the great thing about it is that they have all you can eat veggies/salad bar. It’s not just your typical salad bar, it has everything from sauteed Japanese eggplants and pumpkin salad to grilled onions and potatoes. So basically, you choose a pasta dish of your choice, and which ever pasta you choose comes with an all you can eat salad bar. So it’s great for those of you who want to get a balanced meal with veggies in your diet along with a satisfying main dish since this place let’s you enjoy as much veggies as you want.
The simple basil and tomato pasta was 1280yen and the mushroom and Japanese radish and shiso leaf pasta was 1380yen. You can add 600yen to get a dessert and drink of your choice too. Check it out if you happen to be in Futakotamagawa.