My first 2 visits to the Haute Food Company (review HERE ) had me hooked on their simple but luscious desserts.
Hence it’s not surprising that this little quaint cafe has since become one of my top choices for my desserts fix, especially on weekends. Likewise, friends & clients whom I’ve recommended has always gave positive feedback too. :good:
A little digression here: During the recent Christmas season, Plaza Damas had an actual horse – drawn carriage giving customers complimentary rides. Isn’t that so fun??
Back to the desserts; the post & pictures below is an accumulation from my many visits. I have sampled almost all of her (Ms. Li) desserts but there is always something new whenever I visit so I’m far from bored yet. 😉
The Tiramisu here comes in both alcoholic or non-alcoholic form. I have always opted for the alcoholic one (RM16) which is pretty heady due to its generous content of alcohol. But the search for the best tiramisu in town is still on-going, for as much as we like Haute Food’s version for its alcohol load, we opined that the mascarpone cheese layers is a tad too mild in taste.
The caramel pecan cheesecake (RM12?) is a wonderfully smooth, soft cheesecake with the rich sweetness of caramel. It is certainly a pleasing deviation from the common fruits/chocolate/etc cheesecakes elsewhere. A dessert-holic myself (if you do not know that already) I’m on a constant quest for extraordinary or creative desserts & I’m always thrilled to discover something new.
The cake has a base of almonds nibs in crushed oreos biscuits & is generously topped with chunks of pecans & chocolate chips. Oh, another thing worthy to note of Haute Food’s dessert; one can really taste the quality of the ingredients used, meaning Li does not cut corners by, for example, using inferior chocolate chips.
But that doesn’t mean we should ignore the common fruit based cheesecake here. The Raspberry Cheesecake. (RM10?), is alright, with the solidity of the cheese in good balance, ie it is not too cheesy or light.
I’m afraid I have lost some receipts from my previous visits. Anyhow, the cakes here ranges from RM9 – Rm12.
As you might have noticed, the base of the cheesecakes are the same. And I appreciate that she uses actual fresh berries as toppings rather than the “jam”/fruit puree spread which is the norm with other bakeries.
I had the scones on my prior visit but those were the plain butter ones. This time, we tried the cheese scones, (RM4.90 each) & we loved how the cheese added an overall dimension of savouriness to it.
Li has never failed to surprise me with her creations. On a recent visit, I was greeted by this scrumptious banana bread & butter pudding with chocolate chips (RM12) in the display chiller.
Oh mama.. I love bread & butter puddings! 😉 The lowest layer was eggy, followed by overlapping layers of bananas, chocolate chips, bread and custard.
While I did enjoy it, I do hope she could improve on it as some parts were just too mushy. A firmer custard would be nicer. See how it can barely hold it’s shape in the bowl?
Still, one’s got to love the crunchy walnuts though! 😉
Almond croissant. RM6.90. Flaky, nutty & sweet. Nice!
And here goes another dessert-binging session recently with a bunch of cooks/bakers. They are even fussier than I am! LOL.
The Orange & Basil Cake ( RM10) didn’t score high points with them though personally, I liked it. True enough, the basil aroma takes a little getting used to but it kinda grew on me after a while.
Well, I could be biased, as I love a moist cake with citrusy flavours running through it and a slight lilt of zesty-ness. 😉
Another shot for you to drool over. 😉
They couldn’t resist ordering the boozy Tiramisu.
And they concurred on the lightness of the cheese layers. Still, it’s hard to get a booz-ier version of this elsewhere, unless you made it yourself of course. 😉
Dark Chocolate Cake – RM10.
This is every chocoholic ‘s favourite. A superbly rich & moist dark chocolate that won approval even from my fussy baker friend. Beware though; it is quite a tall cake & took the 4 of us a while to polish it off!
Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream – RM10.
We are still looking for the best apple pie in KL. Anyone can recommend? Haute’s apple filling was wonderful as it was not too sweet or too gooey with syrup. But the problem lies with the pie crust; which was unfortunately thick & tasteless. We thought this crust would have worked better with savoury pies.
Beverages options here are the typical coffee & tea selections. Juices are available but it is prepared with Monin syrup. There are some creative mixes though, like the lemon + berries + etc below, priced at about RM10. The Honey Lemon Tea (not pictured here) is RM8.00 per glass. Ginger & Mango Tea is RM7.50 per sachet/serving.
A foolproof way would be to park in Hartamas Shopping Centre & to go to the 2nd floor where Starbucks is. Exit through the glass doors & you will see Aji Don Ramen. Proceed to the row behind it and turn right. Walk til the middle of the row, keeping a lookout for 2 big blue and white stripes umbrellas (which is quite obscure as well) on the opposite side. It is somewhere in the middle of the row.
The Haute Food Co
Unit H-0-2 Block H, Plaza Damas 60, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1
Telephone:03 – 6201 3168
No taxes. All prices are nett.
http://www.hautefoodco.com. Open from 10am – 6pm Closed on Tuesdays
Note: There are hits & misses (it could be that I’m very fussy with my desserts) but Haute Food’s desserts are still a good bet for a satisfying & overall pleasant experience. The homeliness & reasonably priced desserts just got me returning with my friends whenever I’m in search of a nice quiet place to chill & indulge in some cakes.