Hummingbirds Coffee Bar @ Beatrice Looi Boutique, Telawi Bangsar – wasabi macarons, durian cake & the best red velvet in town??
UPDATE: 2nd round – HERE –> Carrot Cake, Charcoal Cake & Tiramisu!
The hunt for the best Red Velvet remained on-going.
I must have tried every Red Velvet I’ve seen/came across in KL. Some I have blogged about, some I haven’t (Sigh…yes yes… my backlogs are piling up) but I promise I will ermmm…eventually finish posting all of them.
But for now let’s just focus on the ones worthy of mention shall we?
The best (IMHO) was the one at A Taste Boutique , but their boutique is kinda far (in Putra Heights) & their kiosk at Sunway Pyramid doesn’t carry the Red Velvet cake most of the time. Also, it’s been a while since I eaten theirs, so I’m not sure if it still taste the same. Anyhow, it was SO GOOD that it had left a lasting impression on me.
For me, a good Red Velvet is a combination of luxuriant flavour from the sponge & perfect smooth light cream cheese frosting. The one at A Taste Boutique was a fair example of a Red Velvet that I like, followed closely by another that’s baked by a friend FBB; and you can try it at The Bee, Jaya One since he supplies the cake there.
Today, I’m pleased that I have finally found another Red Velvet cake worth blogging about. At the most unlikely places really; right here on Telawi 3, Bangsar, in a designer’s boutique!
Hummingbirds Coffee Bar shares the same space with Beatrice Looi Boutique; and exudes a most charming vibe with special made to order blue high-back comfy chairs (love those chairs, so pretty! ) & an impressive list of coffee from Germany. There were even some funky drinks like Cucumber Oh La la that is alcoholic @ RM25+, (how does one mix cucumber with alcohol is beyond me) & a very good selection of tea. This “cafe” is just perfect for that afternoon tête-à-tête with a BFF.
The best sight greeted us when we walked into the boutique. A chiller full of DESSERTS! Hurray!
We zoomed in on the durian cake immediately, and I eyed the macarons selection for the WASABI one, the only flavour I was interested in sampling.
And of course, the Red Velvet.
They have 2 versions of Red Velvet here; the cupcake -sized or by slices from the whole cake. Initially I wanted to try the cupcake version as it is smaller, but was advised by Beatrice herself that the whole cake one would be more moist compared to the cupcake ones. I’m no baker, but I thought by recipe all cupcakes should be moist anyways, whether it’s cupcakes-sized or by whole cakes no? That’s why baking cupcakes uses different recipes from baking a cake, though it’s the same version of cake right?
Technicalities aside, the cakes here were simply divine. The Red Velvet was almost perfect, moist, full of the luxuriant flavour that I like & not too chocolatey. The only gripe I have is of the cream cheese frosting; which could be a personal preference since I fancy a lighter version. Here the cream cheese frosting is sticky & thick/dense whereas I thought a frothier version would have suited the whole ensemble better.
Such a vibrant hue. Needless to say, the colour doesn’t come from beetroot but it’s from using colouring instead. (RM8.50+)
The Durian Cake (RM16.50+) was a bit steep for its portion & for the meagre quantity of durian pulp sandwiched between the layers of sponge. Still it was luscious one.
Last was the highly anticipated WASABI macaron.
If I will ever eat a macaron happily, this would be it. Enough said.
The texture was perfect. And the wasabi flavour certainly helped in cutting through the sweetness. Best part is, it’s not even spicy, but with just a nice tinge of sharp wasabi essence. The smooth filling leaves you an overall pleasing creamy wasabi flavour.
Would I vote Hummingbirds Coffee Bar to serve the best macaron in town?
For the WASABI one yes. But for a fair review, I would have to test the sweet ones (according to Sean’s blog – there’s raspberry, rose, strawberry, black sesame, lemon, orange, passion fruit & mango) so a fairer comparison can be made.
(I would be comparing it to Nathalie’s Gourmet Studio or BabyCakes in GTower Hotel, since these 2 are the better ones in KL, IMHO)
Hummingbirds Coffee Bar,
Beatrice Looi Boutique,
Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar.
Tel: 03-2201-5889 (Do call ahead, like I did to book your cakes in case it’s sold out! Or call in advance to ask which cakes are available prior to your visit so you won’t be disappointed!)
Note: Prices are subjected to 10% service charge.
My next aim? The tiramisu & the carrot cake! Who’s with me????
UPDATED: 2nd round – Carrot Cake, Charcoal Cake & Tiramisu!
Thanks Sean for all the amazing food discoveries! Can always count on ya!
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