Mooncakes with a twist
In the run up to the Mid-Autumn Festival, mooncakes abound with lots of modern takes on the traditional festive indulgence. Ms B’s Cakery offers traditional maltitol with lotus seed paste mooncake fillings and modern with the popular lantern-inspired golden mousse of mango and coconut and fresh pomelo pearls laced with fresh cream. Dalloyau’s bright pink mooncake box reveals eight round pound cakes. Although not exactly mooncakes, we enjoyed the coffee flavour and moistness of the cakes. Mott 32 has limitededition chocolate mooncakes by Pierre Hermé. Inspired by traditional mooncake recipes, the fillings include almond praline with lemon zest and roasted almonds in dark chocolate, and flaky almond praline with roasted slivered almonds enrobed in dark chocolate. Also, don’t miss out on the red bean and matcha mooncakes from Inakaya.
Full of surprises
Tivo on Wyndham Street has reinvented itself as a New York-style deli. The eatery has undergone a makeover with an urbanwarehouse interior creating a laid-back vibe to lure in the area’s slick and sophisticated clientele. The menu offers modern cooking with some Asian influences across brunch, lunch and dinner. Plates are small or large with salads, Italian fare, baos, meat and fish dishes. Happy hour is still 5pm to 8pm with complimentary antipasti. Over at Aqua on Peking Road, groups of up to 12 can discover “the fifth taste” in a Blind Dining tasting of umami dishes, guided by a sense-pert (tasting expert). The private room will be set aside for this unique experience. Otherwise, the umami dishes such as seared scallop and eel Kabayaki and the umami sea sphere trio are also on the a la carte menu.