The word ‘tart’ indicates a small individual open pastry shell with a sweet, usually fruit filling. It can also be filled with custard, curd, jam and chocolate ganache – whatever tickles your fancy. In the pursuit of making everything indulgent and decadent, bakers and pastry chefs have reinvented classic tarts and tortes to create something original and unique.
On top of that, the French also accidentally discovered the tarte tatin. The upside-down French apple tart is a classic dessert that is often confused as an apple pie. Here, layers of caramelised apple slices – sometimes pears or pineapple – are baked with a top shell and then flipped when its ready to serve. As and playful as it sounds, there are only a few in KL that are still serving this.
As you discover more with the latest restaurants and bars to check out in KL this month, satisfy your cravings for the most delicious tarts, tortes and tarte tatins in town. Here are 5 of our best tried-and-trusted places to go to enjoy them.
(Featured image: Souka Bakes)
Tucked in a quaint café in Subang Jaya, Souka Bakes is known for their decadent and delicious cakes, pies and tarts. There’s a wide selection of signature desserts here; ranging from Mars bars cheesecake to their moist red velvet. Tart-wise, the salted caramel chocolate tart and the crunchy chocolate pecan tart will definitely get you hooked in an instant.
Souka Bakes, 53, Jalan SS 15/5a, Ss 15, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor, +603 5613 3532
When Paul decided to open in Pavilion KL in 2017, everyone went crazy over their patisseries and cakes. Paul has been serving amazing delectable desserts since 1889. Choose from the classic lemon tart to a great selection of berry-filled ones – all perfect with a cup of hot tea.
Paul, 2.09.02 & S2.09.02, Level 2, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2145 6000
Rubberduck has been one of the best places for freshly baked cakes and pastries since its opening in 2015. Hang out in their rustic interiors, brightened with their signage in neon lights. The highlight here is the signature Lemon Tart that is beautifully balanced, with a meringue topping that is not too sweet. Pair that with a perfect cup of caffeine-free red latte.
Rubberduck, 60 Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Plaza Damas, Lot K-0-8B (Ground Floor), Dorchester Service Apartment, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, +603 6206 1832
Located on B1 Level at the Four Seasons Shoppes, Decadent is a great place for everything sweet worth indulging. Besides ice creams, macarons and doughnuts, Decadent serves some of the best pineapple tarts in town. On top of that, sink your teeth into the assortment of short-crust tart shells filled with berries and caramel-coated nuts, as well as the 24K Gold Apple Tarte Tatin. (Credit:@thefuelgoodcollective)
Decadent by Four Seasons, Shoppes at Four Seasons Place, 145, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2382 8680
Located in TTDI, Foo Foo Desserts is an artisanal dessert shop that serves some of the most delicious looking (and tastes amazing too) desserts in town. If you’re planning a visit, their signature strawberry tart with balsamic vinegar ice cream comes highly recommended and it will leave you wanting for more. (Credit: @rain_3121)
Foo Foo Fine Desserts, 1F, 64 Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, +603 23893155