Cover Is Black Truffle Burnt Cheesecake worth the hype? It's up to you to decide (Photo: Hypebakers)

Burnt cheesecake, an under-baked and blackened dessert, breaks all the rules, but no one's complaining

This article was first published on May 29, 2020 and was last updated on June 14, 2021

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The Tokyo Restaurant

The Tokyo Restaurant's Sixth Avenue Cheesecake still sets the benchmark for what burnt cheesecake could and should be. While you can never go wrong with the original, a partnership with Niko Neko Matcha birthed two more Japanese-inspired flavours: Matcha and Houjicha. But in order to try their chocolate burnt cheesecake, you'll have to order the epic Cheesecake Tasting Box, which sees four 4-inch cheesecakes (original, matcha, houjicha and chocolate). 

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The Tokyo Restaurant | Lot 10 Shopping Centre, Level 4, 50, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur | +603-2119 2622

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Huckleberry

It took Huckleberry's team over half a year to develop their burnt cheesecake with hints of honey and a creamy centre, but it was worth the trial and error. The bakery-café was among the first in KL to introduce burnt cheesecake, but they only just launched a Pandan Burnt Cheesecake with Gula Melaka this year, so if you love local flavours, this one's for you.

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Huckleberry | Branches are located in Plaza Damansara and Bangsar Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur

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Park Grill

The only burnt cheesecake on this list that contains sheep's milk by proxy, the Manchego Burnt Cheesecake from Park Grill floods the senses with umami notes and a full fat flavour. It also carries a crucial trait found in any authentic burnt cheesecake: an almost molten centre. This king of burnt cheesecakes boasts a unique smokiness not found in its contemporaries; after all, Park Grill specialises in charcoal gastronomy. Order this or spend the rest of the year wondering what it tastes like. 

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Park Grill | Platinum Park, Ground floor, Naza Tower, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur

Related: Editor’s Picks: Fine Dining Deliveries For Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

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Hypebakers

While black truffles plus burnt cheesecake might sound like overkill, fans of Hypebaker's Truffle Burnt Cheesecake are full of praise for the home baker's speciality. Edible gold leaf lends the cheesecake a touch of luxe and a gold birthday candle can be requested if you're celebrating someone's birthday.

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Entier French Dining

What's better than one Basque Cheesecake? The answer is two! Entier French Dining's Basque Cheesecake Box contains a pair of cheesecakes weighing 240 grams each. Head chef Masashi Horiuchi spent many long hours tweaking the recipe until he deemed it worthy of his customers' palates. Being the perfectionist that he is, it's no surprise that it's sublime.

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Entier French Dining | Level 41, Alila Bangsar, 58, Jalan Ang Seng, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur

See also: Flavoured Butter And Where To Buy It In The Klang Valley

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Oh Cha Matcha

Containing ceremonial matcha, the kind used by the Emperor of Japan for tea ceremonies, Oh Cha Matcha's matcha burnt cheesecake strikes the perfect balance between sweetness and bitterness. However, their original burnt cheesecake is just as enticing.

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Oh Cha Matcha | 130, Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

As seen in: The Best Matcha Drinks And Desserts In KL And Selangor

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Cake Jalan Tiung

Good news for sweettooths living in Shah Alam: Cake Jalan Tiung's two branches offer burnt cheesecake and then some. Their Spanish-style burnt cheesecake stands out on its own without any toppings—after all, why gild the lily?

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Cake Jalan Tiung | (Section 4) 7, Jalan Belimbing 4/7B, Seksyen 4, Shah Alam, Selangor | (Section 9) 31M Jalan Tengku Ampuan Zabedah J 9/J, Seksyen 9, Shah Alam, Selangor

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Souka Bakeshop

Boasting miniature cakes and monthly specials, Souka Bakeshop also makes many kinds of cheesecakes, including Coffee Cheesecake, Biscoff Cheesecake, Snickers Cheesecake, Mars Bar Cheesecake and Burnt Cheesecake. Lashings of whipped cream and fresh strawberries adorn the last of these—if you prefer a middle that doesn't puddle on your plate, you've found it.

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Souka Bakeshop | 53 Jalan SS 15/5A, Subang Jaya, Selangor | +603-5613 3532