I usually don’t get very homesick, though it’s always during Lunar New Year and the Mid Autumn Festival, that I start missing my family. Now that September is approaching, so is the Mid Autumn Festival. You can consider it to be the equivalent of Thanksgiving, where the harvest is celebrated and families come together. Visit Vietnam or China during those times, and you will see streets decorated with lanterns and many street stands selling traditional moon cakes everywhere. Now imagine my excitement, when Michelin star Yauatcha* invited me to try out their moon cakes they are serving until September 27th alongside their other patisseries. So after a shopping tour with Emma around Oxford Street, we headed over to Yauatcha in Soho for some afternoon tea (read her review here).
I’m fairly often in Soho, be it for drinks or food, it’s a popular area to go out. So of course, I’ve walked past the eye-catching glass-front of Yauatcha quite a few times. And how can you not notice it? The glass front literally invites you to come closer with their gem-like selection of macarons. When entering the Chinese dim sum teahouse, you will first see the patisserie counter containing multiple rows of petits gateaux, macarons and chocolates that combine classical European cooking techniques and Chinese cuisine. Seriously, I felt like Gretel from Hansel and Gretel who just discovered the biscuit house, I couldn’t stop walking up and down, contemplating which piece to try first.
The Raspberry delice was such a feast for the eyes and once sampled, convinced me that its taste was definitely up to par to its looks (despite my dislike for chocolate!). I really enjoyed the lightness and subtle flavours of the Red fruits fromage frais, though, it was the Passion fruit mango dome that won my heart. Just look how the glaze shines! And you could clearly taste the the sweetness and understated sourness of the passion fruit that glazed the cream and mango filling. The white chocolate pieces on the side unified all the different flavours beautifully with its sweet richness.
Sipping on my cup of Classic beauty tea (simply love roasted teas) in the dim-lit restaurant, I tried a bite of the moon cake.
To be honest, except for its nostalgic value, I’m usually not a fan of the lotus seed filled cakes. Yauatcha has created its own take on the traditional moon cake – a version with a sweet pastry exterior with a thick, Chinese custard filling. Also, it’s smaller size is perfect for snacking. When dining in, the moon cake is served with vanilla ice cream (£6.20), perfectly balancing out the richness.
I expected to fall into a sugar shock after the afternoon tea, though, surprisingly and to my delight, they were all incredibly light and well balanced, not too sweet. Adding up all the drinks and patisseries, we would have paid £58.90 without service charge, so around £30/pp. Considering how much we had, it’s a much more cost effective than your usual afternoon tea experiences!