Rabbit in the Moon


Everyone knows about the man in the moon, but what about the rabbit in the moon? It’s a fable prominent in Chinese, Japanese and Korean culture that represents generosity and prosperity.

When a starving man was begging, some animals offered him food. The rabbit had nothing to give, so he offered himself. The beggar was a god testing the animals. To thank the rabbit for his sacrifice, he drew him in the moon for everyone to see forever.

Owner Sylvia Ryu heard that story throughout her childhood and chose to name her cafe after it.

Ryu and partner Bryan Chai have put the site’s waterside location to good use. Alfresco seating looks out over the river and bi-fold glass doors bring the outside in. A kids’ play corner filled with toys is a tick for parents. Shelves filled with hanging vines and bric-a-brac show off Ryu and Chai’s creative sides.

The all-day menu spans sweet and savoury, changing seasonally. Ryu and Chai like to draw on their backgrounds, so there’s always a hat tip to South-East Asia.

Take, for instance, the bulgogi burger – marinated beef with veggies, cheese and a spicy mayo; or the sautéed kimchi with red onion, melted mozzarella, parmesan, sesame oil and seeds on toasted brioche. Simple classics such as eggs Benedict are also on offer.

Local roaster Pound Coffee supplies the beans. There are also mega-shakes if you have a sweet tooth and a penchant for Instagrammable drinks.

Updated: November 21st, 2016

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