We all love a sweet treat from time to time – especially in summer – and nothing satisfies the craving more than a zesty slice of lemon tart. Our resident food blogger Christy Ma (aka lolleroll) takes us on a quest for the perfect lemon tart for those who fancy a refreshing change to that naughty chocolatey dessert.
I don’t remember when and how lemon tart became my favourite dessert. It used to be anything chocolatey, but I guess an appetite for something more refreshing and less sweet comes with age! Am I right? So I have unintentionally been on a quest for the perfect lemon tart or lemony dessert as it would be my must-order item anywhere that serves it. Here’s my latest list of favourites around the city. Enjoy!
Cedele retains the top spot for making the most perfect lemon tart I’ve ever tasted in Hong Kong! The lemon curd has an extremely smooth and soft texture, while having a spot-on balanced taste between sweet and sour. The tart crust also tastes good, though is a tad stiff and hard. On return visits, the lemon tart still tastes amazing, though the presentation has sometimes been subpar.
How much: $45 per tart
2. Barista Jam
Barista Jam was featured in my 4 Best Cappuccinos in Hong Kong post, clearly for making great coffee! Their lemon tart is also surprisingly delicious. The tart crust has a shortbread taste and crumbly texture; it’s less delicate and a little “rough round the edges”. The curd has a great balanced taste with a little more sourness to it and a pretty smooth texture.
How much: $37 per tart
Barista Jam, 126-128 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, (+852) 2854 2211
3. Craft Coffee Roaster
This place makes pretty delicious coffees too. The textures of this lemon tart are near perfection; the curd is super soft and smooth, while the tart is firm but not too biscuity. This place is featured lower in my list, mainly because the taste of the curd is very tangy (i.e. a lot more sour than the rest).
How much: $36 per tart
Craft Coffee Roaster, 29 Tai Kok Tsui road, Kowloon, (+852) 2395 1888
Read more! Bring the quest home and try lolleroll’s recipe for the perfect homemade lemon tart.
This home-style Italian restaurant does not actually produce any lemon tarts, but their lemon cheesecake is so good that I had to feature it here too. The lemon taste perfectly complements the light and creamy cheese taste, while the overall texture is extremely smooth and soft. All lemon tart-lovers will be sure to love this dessert too.
How much: $158 per slice
Carbone, 9/F, LKF tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, (+852) 2593 2593
5. Morton’s The Steakhouse
Morton’s Steakhouse’s key lime pie exemplifies good old fashioned food. They serve a huge slice of this lime tart which can definitely feed at least four people after a steak meal. The texture of the pie is very smooth and the lime taste very refreshing. And of course, their steaks are one of my favourites too!
How much: $90 per slice
Morton’s The Steakhouse, 4/F, The Sheraton Hotel, 20 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 2732 2343
6. Jamie’s Italian
In line with its looks, the lemon meringue tart at Jamie’s Italian tastes very balanced and quite perfect. The curd is smooth, though just a tad firm, in a “too-perfect almost commercially manufactured” way. It is nicely topped with some orange zest which gives it a hint of twist and oomph.
How much: $88 per slice
Jamie’s Italian Causeway Bay, 2/F, Soundwill Plaza II – Midtown, 1 Tang Lung Street, Causeway bay, (+852)
Jamie’s Italian Tsim Sha Tsui, Shop 412, 4/F, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 3758 3333
7. Blue Butcher
After sampling three of their desserts during my brunch here and another two during a separate dinner, I confidently conclude that Blue Butchers know how to do desserts right! The lemon curd crumble is among my favourites. It’s essentially a lemon tart in a pot and would definitely do a good job of satisfying a lemon tart craving. The lemon curd is quite sour, although there’s a lot of crumble and burnt cream to cancel that out.
How much: $95 per pot (also available as part of the four-course lunch menu special, for $195)
Blue Butcher, 108 Hollywood road, Central, (+852) 2613 9286