The craze for burnt cheesecakes in KL has yet to fizzle off. Since it’s entry into Malaysia early this year, this Spanish recipe has been replicated by local bakers looking to try out its unconventional techniques. What started off as a mistake in the kitchen has turned into a delightful surprise for gourmands around the world — at least for once, burning something is a good thing.
The burnt cheesecake originates in San Sebastian, in the Basque Country. The Spanish town is famed for its picturesque coastal promenade and world-renowned restaurants helmed by some of the most innovative chefs in the world. Unlike the New York rendition, the Basque burnt cheesecake is intentionally baked at a higher temperature with no crust or toppings. It incorporates heavy cream to make the texture even more silky and rich.
If cheesecakes are your Achilles’ heel, here are seven places (and reasons) in KL to enjoy them.
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Huckleberry is one of the first in KL to offer Basque cheesecakes and continues to maintain its reputation as one of the best places to enjoy this decadence. The perfect slice of burnt cheesecake comes with the right burnt exterior that’s been pushed to the limits – slightly charred but not bitter in taste.
Huckleberry, 2G & 4G Medan Setia 2, Plaza Damansara, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, +603-2098 7933
Upperhouse is not your usual Sunday brunch place. The menu is heavily curated with beautifully plated dishes ranging from savoury to sweet, baked and fried. Not to be missed is their homemade burnt cheesecake that is best paired with a beautifully served lavender hot chocolate.
Upperhouse Kitchen and Dessert Bar, 27A, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, +6011-2872 0083
Beam may be your typical neighbourhood coffee jaunt with its own roaster and specialty coffee beans – deemed as the best coffee place in Bandar Sri Damansara by regular patrons. There’s another reason to visit this café though: its burnt cheesecake. It’s hard to fault a good piece of cake with a perfect cuppa, but get your hands on their homemade kaya as well as local sweet treats.
Beam KL, 25, Jalan Gangsa SD 5/3b, Bandar Sri Damansara, 52200 Kuala Lumpur, +603-6261 8255
When it first opened, Birch KL drew long queues and a long waiting list especially during weekend brunches. It attracted curious gourmands who wanted a taste of the revered burnt cheesecake. Birch KL continues to be a go-to place for this Spanish dessert, with an in-house rendition that is less creamy with a denser texture.
Birch KL, Ground Floor, Jalan Damanlela, Bukit Damansara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, +603-2011 5966
Entering the restaurant, a sign reads: ‘Life’s a peach’. Truly, everything about the restaurant is peachy. The menu reimagines hearty Asian flavours, all combined into a satisfying bowl of comfort food. Finish it off with their famed burnt cheesecake and stay the evening with a G&T or Lucky Peaches’ in-house curated cocktails.
Lucky Peaches eating hall + bar, B-G-08, Plaza Arkadia, No 3, Persiaran Perdana, Jalan Intisari, Desa Parkcity, 52200 Kuala Lumpur, +603-2712 0705
Rinse KL is a popular coffee roaster and matcha bar in Bandar Sri Damansara, located along the fringes of Kuala Lumpur. The menu focuses on comfort food as well as a string of artisanal desserts. One of its hot-selling items is the burnt cheesecake that remains a ‘neighbourhood secret’ amongst residents around the area.
Rinse KL, 15, Jalan Damar SD 15/1, Bandar Sri Damansara, 52200 Kuala Lumpur, +6012-307 6648
This quaint café in Taman Desa makes you feel at home especially with its cosy interiors and home-like layout. Everything is home-baked from scratch here; from bread to pastries and cakes. The burnt cheesecake here is worth a second slice, with a smooth texture, not very sweet and extra creamy in the centre. If you fancy an extra indulgence, there is a wide selection of novelty cakes to choose from. (Credit: alyssia_yu)
Front Room & The Kneady Baker, 16-1 Jalan 1/109E, Desa Business Park, Taman Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur, +6016-233 8807