I was visiting Seattle with a group of like-minded foodies, and collectively we agreed to add Dochi to our list of food stops in between full meals.
Located as a stall in the food court portion of the Uwajimaya building, it is pretty easy to spot from the exterior. The line of customers goes out the door, and wraps around the corner. The front of it is marked with a board listing all their donut options for the day. It also thanks you for your patronage and patience in rainbow markers. The line does go pretty quickly, all the donuts are made ahead of time, so it is only a matter of packaging them and taking payment.
A clerk directs traffic into the building, which is an additional wait by a stanchion, gazing longingly at their colourful booth. A sea foam green background with paintings of their bulbous donut rings sprinkled all across it. When you get to the counter you can see all the donut options under plexiglass. With 6 different options available it is easiest just to get one of each, that fits perfectly into their teal box with white detailing. But if you want more there is a limit, they are so popular that they limit one dozen donuts per customer, per day; as to not disappoint those who come later to collect their donut fix. Although with the amount of people they see, I am sure this is hard to monitor.
We got our box and ate in outside. Each ring consists of 8 balls. 8 easy to pull apart balls that readily pops into your mouth. And each delivered on the premise of mochi and doughnuts combined. You get the gummy chew of mochi at the centre of cakey dough. And depending on the flavour a crumbly, crunchy, or sticky topping for further indulgence.
The “pumpkin spice” dochi spoke to the season. Its flavour was subtle, making it a nice way to enjoy pumpkin spice when you don’t like pumpkin pie.
I liked all the textures that came with the “strawberry shortcake” mochi donut. The strawberry reminded me of strawberry pocky frosting, given a little crunch with cookie crumbs.
The “matcha Oreo” had a similar texture, sweet matcha made sweeter with the frosted cream of the cookie crumbs and its chocolatey crunch.
The “cookies & cream” is for those who like their snacks sugary. The classic flavour made more tempting with a drizzle of caramel.
The “taro pebbles” was the most photogenic of the bunch today. I didn’t get much taro flavour, but didn’t mind, the dough was great on its own.
Thus making the “ube glazed” with its purple centre and lightness my favourite of the bunch.
Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – No.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – Yes.
If you have never tried such doughnuts, these are worth the wait. These Japanese crafted doughnut are the real deal and my new favourite kind of doughnut. Don’t deny your cravings.
600 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, United States