April 14

Magical Mochi Doughnuts

Satisfy your sweet tooth at this SLU hot spot.

Are you ready to have your taste buds transported to a whole new world of flavor? Meet Mochinut, the mochi donut shop at 400 Fairview.

Open since January 2021, Mochinut Seattle (the shop has a sibling location at Crossroads Mall in Bellevue) has become a beloved stop for a sweet treat in South Lake Union. So, what exactly is a mochi donut? According to Cherie, the marketing manager at Mochinut, it’s a fusion pastry that combines the best of both worlds: traditional American donuts with Japanese mochi.

But what makes this pastry so special? It has a texture that’s unique — it’s both chewy and fluffy at the same time, thanks to a blend of rice flour and silken tofu. And with a rotating lineup of flavors that changes every Monday, there’s always something new and exciting to try.

According to Cherie, the fruity flavors are a big hit with customers. They’re made with real fruit, so you get a burst of natural sweetness in every bite. But if you’re in the mood for something a little more decadent, the dark chocolate s’mores flavor is a must-try.

A box of donuts from Mochinut, a donut combined with mochi.

Mochinut also offers a range of signature flavors that are sure to delight your taste buds. They include Japanese matcha, fan-favorite ube with its vibrant purple hue and subtle sweetness, and toasted marshmallow.

Be sure to check out Mochinut’s seasonal flavors. Right now, they’re celebrating Seattle’s sakura (cherry blossom) season with a lightly sweetened treat that’s topped with a fragrant sakura glaze and cute mochi bites.

A pink donut being pulled apart.

Mochinut also serves hot dogs on a stick with a twist — covered in ingredients like Hot Cheetos, dried ramen, and cereal, these street eats are incredibly popular in Korea and have quite a following here in Seattle now.

Give Mochinut Seattle a follow on Instagram to stay up to date on their latest flavors and seasonal specials.

Story by Ethan Chung & photographs courtesy of Mochinut Seattle.

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