Where To Eat This Week: New Dessert Shops In KL & PJ
Flex your stomach muscles and floss your sweet tooth! Our desserts edition of 'Where To Eat This Week' sees all manner of sweet treats, from French confectionary to made-in-Malaysia chocolate. Read on to find out which ice cream parlour even has a dentist's approval.
Image above: Da Bomb! - a personal-sized ice cream cake by Crème de la Crème.
Crème de la Crème
Open to the public as of March 18, 2019, Crème de la Crème (My CDLC for short) ticks all the right boxes for becoming this season's Instagram attraction: Aesthetic desserts, check. Ample foot traffic, check. Attractive iridescent packaging, check. Although we were admittedly sceptical of the ice cream parlour's showy front, we're glad to report back favourably.
Devoid of icy chunks, preservatives and artificial flavouring, the ice creams and sorbets here are churned by a state of the art machine that angel investor Dr Mike Lim dubs 'the Ferrari of ice cream apparatus.' The Barley Lime, a fun reinterpretation of the classic kopitiam drink, forever changed our minds about sorbets, while the Madagascar Ash proves that sugar isn't requisite to flavour. "The latter doesn't promote tooth decay as it's low-GI and sugar-free," added Mike, co-founder of Blanc Dental Clinic. Isn't that reason enough to smile?
Standing catty-corner across the street from Gardens International School, Kiara Cakes is heavily patronised by students, expat moms and, well, us. Patience is a virtue exemplified by the staff, as customers (guilty) often spend several long minutes deciding what to order from the dizzying selection of cakes, cookies and pastries. It's not our fault that everything looks so scrumptious.
Slathered in buttercream of a similar shade to the cakery's neon signage, the Lavender Chocolate Cake with Earl Grey is their signature dessert. But it was the Buttercream Strawberry Lychee Rose Cloud Cake that put us on cloud nine. Good news for those with gluten intolerance: we can vouch for the pizza rolls (delicious served warm) and Haw Flakes kek lapis (idea for a midday snack or 'minum petang').
A note to fans of fruit-based desserts: this pâtisserie is likely to be the apple of your eye. Coached by none other than the Cédric Grolet, owner Low Chin Kuan churns out sculpted desserts that are indistinguishable from whole fruits.
From dimpled oranges to freckled pears, CK's hand-painted creations are wrought from chocolate, fresh fruits, herbs, and premium dairy products, and assembled using a keen eye and steady hands. Tangy and cheery-looking, the lemon was this writer's favourite, whereas her companion preferred the Anjou pear filled with a puree and affixed with a miniature stem. The art of trompe-l'œil has never been more delicious!
Namelaka | 34-1, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur | 03-2201 3241 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Pun's Ice Cream
We were charmed upon spotting their tubs at Rubberduck about a year ago, and absolutely chuffed to learn of their sit-down outlet. Occupying an abandoned house not far from Thean Hou Temple, the ice cream 'puntry' might be a little rough around the edges at the moment, but so is anyone's home after having just moved in. Coming from a fine dining background, co-owner Euwie and his girlfriend Elaine are the friendly duo doling out your scoops, although the business involves several other childhood friends.
Some 'punny' flavours that will make you groan out loud (but giggle in secret): Berry-naise (mixed berries), Taking the Pish-tachio (pistachio), Cheese & Chill (burnt cheesecake), Sakit Kelapa (vegan and gluten-free coconut), and That's The Last Straw, Barry (fermented strawberries). Pun's mascot — a yeti-like creature thoroughly enjoying a multi-scoop ice cream cone — is the amicable face of the brand.
Pun's Ice Cream | 5, Jalan Robson, Taman Persiaran Desa, Kuala Lumpur | 017-333 3883 | email@example.com
Beer on tap? How run-of-the-mill. Molten chocolate on tap? Now that's rare! Seniman Kakao's faucet spouting chocolate is the first thing that grabs your attention when walking into Seniman Kakao's brick and mortar store — their first despite being in operation since 2014.
The converted shophouse turned chocolate café is where you'll find Seniman Kakao's signature chocolate bars, 13 different chocolate beverages, chilled desserts, assorted truffles, and hot food from the kitchen. Our favourite dish so far? The pisang goreng served with chocolate from the tap. We only wish that the savoury menu were also cacao-focused in keeping with the theme; chicken with mole sauce or cocoa-rubbed ribs, please!
Seniman Kakao | 29 Jalan Pudu Lama, Kuala Lumpur | 03-7490 7788 | firstname.lastname@example.org