Slowly, but surely. We are seeing these not-so-instagrammable cheesecake appearing in cake cafes and Spanish restaurants.
The Basque Cheesecake, otherwise known as the Burnt Cheesecake, is identified with its burnt (aka chao tah) exterior, super-soft interior and being crustless.
This makes the top slightly bitter while the inside is sweet, when eaten forms an interesting contrast.
It is created by baking in the oven in higher heat so that the exterior will be burnt, and inside slightly molten. It was created many years ago in San Sebastian, and recently became trendy in the US and other parts of the world.
Some cafes in Singapore such as The Kins’ Specialty Coffee, Keong Saik Bakery, GRUB, The Bakery Chef, Fat Belly, Fluff Bakery, Cat and The Fiddle (entire cake), and Paris Baguette (certain stores), have started selling them. Here’s more:
Olivia Restaurant & Lounge
55 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089158
Opening Hours: Lunch 12pm – 2pm (Tues – Thurs), 12pm – 2:30pm (Fri – Sat)
Dinner 6pm – 10pm (Tues – Thurs), 6pm – 11:30pm (Fri – Sat)
A visit at Olivia Restaurant & Lounge is your chance to try Singapore’s most talked about cheesecake in town.
Be transported to the vibrant city of Barcelona in an instant when you visit Olivia Restaurant & Lounge at the rejuvenated Keong Saik Road neighbourhood.
So get the Olivia’s Homemade Creamy Cake ($14), an iconic dish prepared from the recipe of Olivia’s mother and sous chef Celina Franco.
This hand-crafted dessert took months to perfect and achieve that subtle and creamy texture.
(Photo credit: Nicholas Tan @stormscape.)
The Kins’ Specialty Coffee
2 Jalan Mat Jambol, BIJOU, #01-08/09, Singapore 119554
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Thurs – Tue), Closed Wed
The highlight of the meal was definitely their Kins’ Burnt Cheesecake ($7.50), served with a dollop of sweetened whipping cream on its side.
This Basque Burnt Cheesecake may look like a failed product from the kitchen, with a burnt and rough top layer, an under-cooked oozy layer in the middle mixed a fluffy layer of cheesecake at the bottom.
But it really tasted better than it looked.
The Burnt Cheesecake was light on the palate, soft and moist at the same time, which resembled more of a Japanese cheesecake in terms of its texture. The Kins’ Specialty Coffee (Pasir Panjang)
Keong Saik Bakery
41 Keong Saik Road Singapore 089146
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 5pm (Mon), 7:30am – 8pm (Tues – Fri), 8am – 8pm (Sat – Sun)
What makes Keong Saik Bakery’s Burnt Cheesecake ($7.50) different is that it is made using four different types of cheese. While I thought that the texture could have been a tad softer, the layered cheese flavours was quite appealing and would make you want to take small bites for the taste to linger.
Other than the original, the Matcha Burnt Cheese ($8) is also quite popular though the green tea powder may not be as distinct as you wished.
Available in limited quantities, the Two Face ($8.50) wins as it is a two-in-one cake, containing the creamy original cake at the top and matcha cheesecake at the bottom.
The Bakery Chef
161 Bukit Merah Central, #01-3711, Singapore 150161
Opening Hours: 11am – 7pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 7pm (Sat – Sun)
While The Bakery Chef’s version is made with only one type of cheese, the texture was actually quite soft (though not considered molten).
What made it extra delicious was the added served of light cream with tinge of sea salt, that gave the cheesecake that added salty-sweet savour and moisture as you eat it with the cake.
GRUB Burger Bistro
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, 510 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 569983
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 10pm (Sat – Sun)
Other than the Basque Burnt Cheesecake, GRUB has also introduced Singapore’s first Kaya Burnt Cheesecake.
You can fragrant kaya paired with the rich cheese – a burnt top with slightly firm texture on the outside, and creamy on the inside.
896 Dunearn Road, Sime Darby Centre #01-11 Singapore 589742 (King Albert Park MRT Exit B)
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm (Mon – Tues), 8am – 10pm (Wed – Sun)
The Korean lifestyle café is owned partially by a Korean artist and avid yogini, who felt that the Bukit Timah area needed a quiet and chill place where people could relax and enjoy themselves.
I ordered a home-made Basque Cheesecake ($7.50) since it is the current trendy dessert. Would say that this is a decent version, though not particularly outstanding as it could have been more moist.
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