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Move aside baked cheese tarts, and make way for the latest cheesy treat: the two-layered double Fromage cheesecake from popular dessert chain LeTAO, straight out of Hokkaido, Japan. With overseas branches already established in other countries such as Hong Kong, Taipei and Seoul, we’re lucky that Singapore is their next venture.
Now tourists don’t have to fly all the way to Japan to try their much coveted cheesecakes, as they have recently launched a takeaway kiosk right here, at basement 1 of ION Orchard.
Being the best-selling cheesecake brand, it is no secret that their delicate cheesecakes are made of the finest ingredients. To achieve a velvety texture, the two-layered cheesecake is made with fresh cream, wheat and eggs; all of which, comes from Hokkaido.
The mascarpone used is also notably rich and milky due to the fact that it is sourced from the Lombardy region in North Italy.
LeTAO’s signature is the Double Fromage ($28 for 12cm cake) which, comprises of a no-bake cheesecake on top and a baked cheesecake at the bottom, topped with castella cake crumbs that add a whole new dimension to the creamy dessert.
The upper layer has a silky smooth cream cheese-like texture, whereas, the lower half boasts a rich and fulfilling castella cake. Combine them together and you have the perfect cheesecake.
With the choice of either frozen or chilled, all their cakes are freshly made in Hokkaido before being air-flown to Singapore.
Packaged in a circular bamboo box, the cake itself is wrapped up in a sheet, much like barrels of cheese. As soon as I unwrapped it, I could smell the cheese wafting through my nostrils.
Do not underestimate the appearance of the small cheesecake. Although it might look like unassuming, it’s taste says otherwise. Fluffy and light on the palate, I shared this with one other person and found that we were able to polish it off in just a single sitting!
The pairing of the light top portion with the dense bottom was simply delectable. The cream cheese melts the second you put it in your mouth; it was almost as if I was eating an ice cream with a cheesecake base.
Alternatively, you can opt for the Chocolat Double Cake ($28 for 12cm cake), which marries off the combination of chocolate cake and Fromage cheese. If you are a chocolate lover, definitely go for this option.
I couldn’t resist trying their Otaru Rue Ironai Fromage (9 pieces for $10, 18 pieces for $19), as well.
Boxed in yellow packets, these cheese cookies were thin and crisp, housing a decadent and creamy cheese filling inside. I also tasted hints of white chocolate that served to up the sweet factor of the cookies.
If you find the cheesecake to be too heavy for you, this is the perfect alternative. The sweet and cheesy finish of the cookies is guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest of dessert connoisseurs.
Aside from their cheesecake, they also have other desserts on display over the counter including, mascarpone creme brulee tarts and a wide selection of chocolates and cookies. Pop by their kiosk if you happen to be in the town area and perhaps take away some desserts to share with your friends and family.