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Originally published by Ching Yuen. Last updated by Jen Paolini.
When life gives you lemons, forget the lemonade and make a lemon cheesecake instead! Cheesecakes are ubiquitous across the city, from New York-style slabs to light and fluffy takes featuring traditional cream cheese flavours all the way to fruity combinations. Read on for our top places to go for the best cheesecakes in Hong Kong.
The Mandarin Cake Shop has been making cheesecakes for decades, and despite attempts at reinvention, it is agreed that the recipe from 1963 is the best, and thus, its signature product is named the 1963 Mandarin cheesecake (starting from $468) in its honour. Sour cream, cream cheese, and almond powder make up the bulk of the cake. A seasonal fruit cheesecake (starting from $498) is also available for order, with mixed fruit, blueberry, mango, raspberry, or strawberry as your topping of choice.
The Mandarin Cake Shop, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central
Butter is a one-stop-shop for all of Black Sheep Restaurants’ most popular baked treats, so it’s no surprise that you should find a classic New York cheesecake ($700) on the menu. Made with a vanilla cookie crumb base, it is a rich and creamy delight that pares the popular dessert down to basics. It comes with no extra frills, but it boasts a robust flavour.
Speaking of Black Sheep Restaurants, Carbone does a killer cheesecake as well that’s not offered on Butter’s online shop. At the end of your meal, desserts come rolled out on a trolley for your pleasure, and our favourite has to be the New York lemon cheesecake, a rich, creamy, and citrusy finisher that goes perfectly with a swill of limoncello.
Carbone, 9/F, Lan Kwai Fong Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central
An article on cheesecakes would not be complete without The Cheesecake Factory! As an American dessert specialist, this chain restaurant offers a massive range of cheesecake flavours to choose from, and with over 20 flavours at your disposal, it’s no wonder that’s all people talk about (although the restaurant also serves other foods such as salads, steaks, sandwiches, and more). Popular options include the original cheesecake ($80), the salted caramel cheesecake ($84), and the key lime cheesecake ($82). You can also dig into crossover flavours such as the Cinnabon cinnamon swirl cheesecake ($84) and the utterly indulgent Godiva chocolate cheesecake ($84).
The Cheesecake Factory, Shop G102, G/F, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui
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 its dishes. Go for the 95 coffee cheesecake ($88) at the OG Wan Chai location, made with a fruity coffee blend, eggs, cream cheese, and vanilla, or the melty cheesecake ($98) at the Lee Gardens location, made with sour cream, cream cheese, and yoghurt.
Main St Deli has been around since the early 2000s, bringing the best of New York flavours to Hong Kong. From hamburgers to desserts, everything is mega-sized, such as the New York cheesecake ($128), which is portioned for more than two people and more than twice the size of a regular slice! If you’re looking to indulge in a big way, this is the place.
Main St Deli, Lower Lobby Level, The Langham, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Hanjuku Kobo is a fusion bakery famous for its Hanjuku cheese tart ($22). Apart from its signature offering, which is available in multiple flavours, the Japanese light cheesecake ($80)—crafted from premium Japanese ingredients including soft cream cheese, fine Japanese flour, and fresh butter—is also worth a try. Made using the shop’s signature “half-baked” method that is applied to most of its light and fluffy products, take extra care when you bite into the lava cheesecake, as its semi-runny centre will leak out.
LPM Restaurant & Bar—formerly La Petite Maison—is famous for its variety of French and Mediterranean delights, from carpaccios to escargots, but if you really know the menu, you would not miss out on the cheesecake, either! Its gâteau au fromage frais ($128) is a fluffy vanilla cheesecake served with a tart berry compote, and it’s impossible to skip.
LPM Restaurant & Bar, Shop 1, 1/F, H Queen’s, 23–29 Stanley Street, Central
Veda at Ovolo Central presents a delightfully unique take on the cheesecake with its tea masala burnt cheesecake ($95). A gluten-free and vegetarian treat, this Basque-style burnt cheesecake is balanced with apricot confit for a sinfully sweet finish to your meal.
Veda, Ovolo Central, 2 Arbuthnot Road, Central | (+852) 3755 3067