After all, it’s main component isn’t rice.
The folks over at Lepaq Lepaq attempted it anyways, and crazily enough decided to use cheese as its main component.
Feedback and reviews has swung strongly either way so far, with more leaning towards the BAD than good.
I just gave in to curiosity (even after months!) and visited Lepaq Lepaq one weekend.
So what is my verdict?
Well, honestly I didn’t think the components are in harmony and at some parts I wondered if the creator has given it enough thought.
So in conclusion I didn’t like the cake.
It’s definitely not savoury like nasi lemak, but geared more towards a sweet dessert, though sadly, in more ways than one, a poor imitation of our beloved (unofficial) national dish.
Anyhow, here is the breakdown of the layers:
Uppermost green layer: Cucumber gelatin (jelly) which imparts a mild cooling flavour, as expected of cucumber. A flurry of ikan bilis (anchovies) and chilli flakes sat on top.
Main, thickest layer : Cream cheese with chewy glutinous rice grains plus peanuts mixed in. The cheese flavour is mild (I thought I detected coconut cream (santan)) but I can’t be sure as the flavour is rather mild.
While the rice grains did gave each bite a nice chew, that’s about it.
I guess the glutinous rice in coconut cream was supposed to imitate nasi lemak, cold nasi lemak that is.
Once in a while you will bite into peanuts, which sadly was lacking in aroma as it looked like the nuts were not roasted enough. As you can see, from the color these nuts looked as if it wasn’t even roasted.
Brown layer before the base : Buttery but tasted a bit of peanut butter. Texture it is like a crumbly sponge.
Black base : Chocolate base.
Seriously, the base does not work at all.
The matcha tiramisu is a joke as far as I’m concerned, for there were barely any hint of matcha safe for a light sprinkle on top.
The main component of the cake was sponge and cream. For RM15.90!
All in all, Lepaq Lepaq is undisputedly a beautiful space which offers a comfortable option for dining and work, but a visit here would cost you dearly as the food, drinks, cakes, breads and parking are expensive.
Simple buns are over RM3, cakes are about RM15 each (more or less) and drinks are well, the standard cafe prices.
All are subjected to a further 6% service charge and 6% GST charge.
Our total bill was RM62.95 for 2 drinks and 2 cakes; RM12.72 for a cold latte, RM12.72 for the affogato, RM15.90 for the nasi lemak cheesecake and RM15.90 for the terrible matcha tiramisu.
Parking alone on its grounds was RM6.00.
Heavier meals such as the Big Daddy (RM55++) is available and offered only on weekends (Fri, Sat & Sun).
6, Jalan Ceylon,
Waze: “Lepaq Lepaq”
Tel : +6(03) 2022 2293
Opening Hours : 10am – 10pm (Daily).
1. RM6 (Valet Parking) if you are a customer of the cafe. Even if you park at the front of the shop, you would have to pay!
2. RM10 if you are not a customer of Lepaq Lepaq
3. Else, you can park illegally along the road, which isn’t wise as the enforcement officers are pretty diligent in this area.