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!

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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. :)

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The “coffee bar” where the coffee/teas & your desserts are prepared once you have placed your orders.

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The best sight greeted us when we walked into the boutique. A chiller full of DESSERTS! Hurray! :)

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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.

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And of course, the Red Velvet.

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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.

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Such a vibrant hue. Needless to say, the colour doesn’t come from beetroot but it’s from using colouring instead. (RM8.50+)

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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.

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Last was the highly anticipated WASABI macaron.

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If I will ever eat a macaron happily, this would be it. Enough said.

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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.

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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)

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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 roundCarrot Cake, Charcoal Cake & Tiramisu!

Thanks Sean for all the amazing food discoveries! Can always count on ya! :)

All pictures are: (**except for the 1st pic)

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This Post Has 28 Comments

  1. Caroline

    gosh! am drooling already looking at those cakes!! 😀

    1. rebeccasaw

      Good thing that you’re based in KL now right??? ;p

  2. Isaac Tan

    Wow, in a designers boutique? Sounds really posh.

    Did you get any designer dresses on top of the cakes? 🙂

    1. rebeccasaw

      Hahah! Nope didnt move from my chair after I was served the cakes ;p

  3. Elaine

    Carrot cake & Tiramisu? Tag me pls~

      1. Elaine

        haha, ya la..seriously! most prolly nxt mth will b base in KL liao. Hopefully things go well.

      2. rebeccasaw

        Yay to that! then we can go desserts hunting, food trips etc!

  4. Hsu Jen

    So this was where you were heading to when I bumped into you rushing along Telawi yesterday haha. Red Velvet looks awesome! And I was so close! Haha will check it out soon 😉

    1. rebeccasaw

      Yes yes! U saw me rushing right? LOL!
      I get excited easily with desserts yo! Heheh

  5. Baby Sumo

    Oh the red velvet does look quite good! At least this one has cream cheese frosting unlike another place I had it where they used chocolate ganache :negative:

    Wasabi macaron sure sounds interesting! How much per macaron here?

    1. rebeccasaw

      Oh red velvet should be cream cheese frosting! And at Plan B’s – it’s not really red velvet, cos they got a layer of choc ganache in between, a “twist” I would say of the original version I would say; not so much “authentic”.
      Oh, the macaron are RM5 each. And they are tiny ;p

  6. foodntravella

    Wasabi Macaron….am going to give it a try since i’ve been hunting for savoury flavour.

    1. rebeccasaw

      Same! We must try new flavours instead of those boring sickly sweet ones!

  7. ai wei

    pretty red velvet
    gotta get the gals to come here!!!

    1. rebeccasaw

      YES YES! Go for the upcoming carrot cake & try their tiramisu too!

  8. Michelle Lee

    Tempting! Will drop by this weekend after shopping 😀

    What are the opening hours? :yahoo:

  9. Holiday Lwi

    Feel deserve when u taste with the price… must try… :good: :heart: :good: :heart: :good: :heart:

  10. Noor Aini

    Is Hummingbird at Bangsar already moved. Few times went there, it’s closed

  11. mutal

    Looks like a con to me. Layers of cream cheese is way too thin. More like eating just the cake. Must be the cost of the cream cheese that makes all these bakers to scrimp on it and yet call it a red velvet cake. Better to rename it kek merah.

  12. Promosi Jubah

    Baru jer semalam famili saya sembang pasal nie…

    hari nie jumpa blog awak … tahniah atas penerangan yg bermanafaat nie..

  13. Stephania

    Very nice blog post. I certainly appreciate this site. Thanks!

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