When life gives you lemons, forget the lemonade and go find a rich lemon cheesecake instead! Nowadays, you can find many forms of cheesecakes, from the traditional New York-style cheesecake to the light and fluffy soufflé cheesecakes, traditional fruit flavours to crazy flavour combinations. Here are our top picks of cheesecakes in Hong Kong, since it’s time to indulgence ourselves and blame life later for the extra pounds!
The cheesecake from The Mandarin Cake Shop has been their signature throughout the years, and despite attempts to reinvent the cheesecake, everyone felt that the recipe from 1963 was the best and thus the cheesecake was named 1963 Mandarin Cheesecake ($48 per slice, $368 per pound). The base of the cake uses sour cream, cream cheese, and almond powder with raspberries on top. If you order it as a slice, you will have white chocolate slices and cream as decorations instead that blend equally well with the cake.
The Mandarin Cake Shop, 5 Connaught Road Central | (+852) 2825 4008
Time to bring out a new café in town! Doubleshot by Cupping Room has found its coop in Soho and their aesthetic interior and food are already making their way into our Instagram feeds. Their Burnt Cheesecake ($68) is the famous basque cheesecake from La Viña in San Sebastian, Spain. It comes wrapped in wax paper and a toasted surface that gives the cheesecake its unique charred flavour!
Doubleshot by Cupping Room, 1/F, Hilltop Plaza, 49 Hollywood Road, Soho, Central | (+852) 9225 6639
Black Sheep Restaurant’s new online cake shop, Butter, is a one-stop-shop for all of the restaurant group’s most popular baked treats, so it’s no surprise that you should find Motorino’s classic New York Cheesecake ($588) on the menu. It is rich and creamy and as the menu proclaims, it’s “bound to disappear in a New York minute!“
An article on cheesecakes would not be complete without the infamous The Cheesecake Factory! They have a massive range of cheesecake flavours to choose from, and by massive, we mean there are over 30 flavours to choose from! They also have crossovers with other big brands such as Snickers, Orea, Godiva and more to level up their cheesecake game!
The Cheesecake Factory, Shop G102, G/F, Harbour City, Gateway Arcade, 25 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2791 6628
Kyo Hayashiya is a Japanese dessert shop that specialises in selling matcha desserts, but they also have great hojicha options for many of their signature desserts, such as the ice cream, roll cake, and shaved ice. The Hojicha Cheesecake ($88) is a delightful surprise in a rather traditional shop, and it comes with a scoop of hojicha ice cream on the side. The cheesecake is rich and smooth, with a rich aroma of roasted hojicha that doesn’t overpower the cream cheese either.
Kyo Hayashiya, Shop 1203, 12/F, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay | (+852) 3580 1838
Located on the first floor of a rundown building in Yau Ma Tei, Mum’s Not Home is decorated with eclectic paintings, a forest of plants, and cushions scattered around short tables. Choose your spot to unwind as you find liberation from boring food with one of the colourful cheesecakes and drinks on offer. Their range of Cheesecakes ($45) covers 12 different creative flavours and colours, including masala, dragonfruit, sweet potato, turmeric, and many more!
Mum’s Not Home, 1/F, 302 Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei | (+852) 9770 5760
Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory was established in 2011 in Japan with the mission to create happiness and provide happiness by sharing their delicious products with everyone. Their signature Milk Cheese Cake ($190) blends French and Hokkaidan cream cheese with fresh cream and well-selected milk from Hokkaido. The taste of Milk Cheese Cake and its airy texture have become the ultimate representation of Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory and later evolved into other flavours such as Matcha and Strawberry.
Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory, Shop 7A&B, LCX, 3/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3–27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2110 0147
If you’re looking for American-Italian-style food, look no further than Carbone for generous portions of pasta and, of course, cheesecake! Their desserts come on a trolley at the end of the meal with three options to choose from, and our favourite has to be the New York Lemon Cheesecake ($188), a rich, creamy, and citrusy finisher. Granted, it is quite expensive for a slice of cheesecake, but the manager will probably swing by with a bottle of limoncello to follow up, and free shots are always worth it!
Carbone, 9/F, 33 Wyndham Street, Central | (+852) 2593 2593
Set against chic and bare concrete walls, moody pendant lights, and cool greys, the blank canvas of NINETYs paints a sharp contrast against the vibrant flavours of their dishes and their aesthetic decorations. Try the Cheesecake Toast ($98), made with mixed berries, mascarpone cheese, and cookie crumble on a slice of chocolate bread topped with edible flowers. If you don’t feel like chewing, there’s also the Tofu Cheesecake ($88) that blends pillowy tofu with soft cream cheese with oat cracker crumbles sprinkled on top.
Main St Deli has been around since the early 2000s, bringing the best of New York flavours to town. From hamburgers to desserts, everything is mega-sized, like their New York Cheesecake ($148), which is portioned for more than two people and almost four or five times bigger than a regular slice of cheesecake! They recently partnered with Garrett Popcorn to release a limited-edition giant cheesecake with caramel and cheese popcorn on top and toffee sauce to finish. If you’re looking to indulge in a big way, here’s where to go.
Main St Deli, Lower Lobby Level, The Langham, Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2132
Hanjuku Kobo is a Japanese and Western fusion bakery famous for its Hanjuku Cheese Tart ($22). Apart from their signature offering, which they do in multiple flavours, you’ll also want to try their Japanese Light Cheesecake ($80 for five pieces), crafted from premium Japanese ingredients including soft cream cheese, fine Japanese flour, and fresh butter. Made using the shop’s signature “half-baked” method that is applied to most of their light and fluffy products, take extra care when you bite into the lava cheesecake and its semi-runny centre.
Dried flowers and potted plants make up most of the elaborate and whimsical interior design at Café Zi, not to mention the network of branches from their indoor tree that hangs above the entrance. Taking the minimalistic aesthetics of boutique bookshop cafés hidden in Taipei alleyways and combining it with irresistible small plates, their Devil Cheesecake ($58) whips up sour cream and cream cheese to form the base, with a special filling of whipped sea salt cream cheese and caramel to give it an intricate layer of flavour.
Café Zi, G/F, 8 Hill Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2778 1629
La Petite Maison is famous for many French and Mediterranean delights, from their carpaccios to their escargots, but if you really know their menu, you wouldn’t miss out on their cheesecake, either! LPM’s Gâteau au Fromage Blanc ($118) is a fluffy cheesecake made with fromage blanc, a creamy and soft French cheese that is similar to yoghurt, and served with homemade candied berries.
La Petite Maison, Shop 1, 1/F, H Queen’s, 23–29 Stanley Street, Central | (+852) 2887 1113
The flagship restaurant in Ovolo Central has not one, not two, but three distinct cheesecakes specially curated for diners with vegetarian diets! Their Fig Cheesecake ($80) is a slice of cashew-based cheesecake, garnished with fresh figs and flowers, and drizzled in their homemade caramel sauce. If you’re looking for something stronger in flavour, there’s the Negroni White Chocolate Cheesecake ($88), a balanced and rich combination of white chocolate and orange mousse coated in Negroni glaze and topped with a light and fluffy meringue. If you prefer something sweeter and lighters, then you should definitely go for the Rhubarb Ricotta Cheesecake ($88), a ricotta cheesecake made with rhubarb and strawberry compote, semolina, and rose whipped cream.
VEDA, Ovolo Central, 2 Arbuthnot Road, Central | (+852) 3755 3067