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November 24, 2009

Patisserie RUI @ Mon’t Kiara

Despite big cake brands like Secret Recipe and La Manila dominating the food industry, I noticed a steady growth of cake-shops-cum-cafes, often in upscale residential neighbourhoods. Most of these cake shops are inspired by French patisseries, especially the ones in Hartamas and Mon’t Kiara. Patisserie Rui, located at Mt Kiara Meridin is one of them.

Spot Rebecca! >P

Becky texted me during lunch last week, “Babe, I’ve got CAKES from Rui! See you tonight!!” She shared with me her photos of the patisserie and the cakes. I first met Becky at a blogger’s event and we’ve become quite close ever since. She’s bubbly and friendly — it’s easy to understand why Unka is so smitten by her. The cakes were undeniably Japanese, with a French influence. This is evident in the genoise, a buttery sponge cake. Of the lot, I liked the Princess Torte best. It was a vanilla sponge cake layered with pastry cream (creme patisserie) and raspberry confiture (raspberry jam), and topped with fluffy icing. The cream, jam and sponge layers complemented each other beautifully. Not bad, but this was too light for me. I could easily polish off a whole cake, and still have room for more.Like the Princess Torte, the Tiramisu was also very light. Any lighter and it could pass off as foam. This dessert of espresso-soaked cake slathered with mascarpone cheese, cream and topped with a dusting of cocoa powder was missing the magic ingredient — ALCOHOL. I tasted coffee…sponge…cream…and a slight hint of cheese. Not my cup of tea, this one.Topped with cream and cake crumbs, the cupcakes (RM3.50 each), were almost 3 times larger than the tiny ones from +wondermilk. Of the 4 flavours we tried (chocolate, lemon, green tea and red velvet), I liked the lemon flavour best. Moist, crumbly and buttery, it tasted like a fine butter cake with a hint of tanginess. The green tea flavour was the least sweet of all the cupcakes. If you don’t like sweet cakes, you will probably enjoy this. I thought the cake lacked green tea flavour — it was too mild for me. I prefer it to be slightly bitter, to offset the cream icing.Between the red velvet and the chocolate cupcake, I prefer the latter. The red velvet is without a doubt, a cake that can stop traffic. The colour is an improbable red, which is very eye-catching against the snowy icing. To me, this was not really a red velvet cupcake. It was simply a butter cupcake with red colouring. If I were to grade it as a butter cake, it would fare alright. But since it was labelled as a red velvet cupcake, it didn’t make the cut. The chocolate cake looked promising, with its dark and rich crumbs. While it was moist and crumbly, it had little chocolate flavour. If you’re looking for something very chocolate-y that will knock your socks off, you will be terribly disappointed. But if you want something light to enjoy with your cup of tea, you will probably like this.

All in, the cakes were very light and delicate in terms of taste and texture. Much too light for me. Come to think of it, most Japanese cakes are light and airy, so I guess it’s a matter of preference. I wouldn’t mind having the Princess Torte again though. Thanks Becky for the cakes, and for letting me use your photographs. I enjoyed our bonding session…we should do this again soon!

*Read Becky’s review here and here.

Price: 6/10
Princess Cake: 5/10
Tiramisu: 4/10
Cupcakes: 4/10
Verdict: If you like your desserts light, you will love this!

G1B, Mt Kiara Meridin
19, Jln Duta Kiara
Kuala Lumpur
012317 7290
03 6207 9282

12 Responses

  1. thenomadGourmand

    i was featured in yr blog! *faints*
    Cakes and desserts and more makan-makan to come babe! Since we r such fussy pots, we can grunt & whine together if the food is bad! LOL ;p

  2. J2Kfm

    you took the time to slice them all in halves! hehe, nice.
    never tasted a red velvet before, though the sight of it is indeed rather arresting.

  3. UnkaLeong

    She does have her moments (far and few between) lar 😛 *runs and hides* So farnee, makan cakes on Banana Leaf!

  4. "Joe" who is constantly craving

    i would never have the patience to cut it into half..possibly pop the whole thing in my mouth

  5. taufulou

    not that good ha,

    luckily when i tried it was okay~

  6. ~Christine~Leng

    i've only tried their cheesecakes 🙂 very rich!

  7. Julian Si

    Mmmmmmmmh… cake!

    ps – I like the little labels 🙂

  8. J

    Ah well. At least they tasted guilt free, right? 🙂
    (Not that you have anything to worry about!)
    (Darn. Missed out on joining you girls but I guess there'll always be next time!)

  9. Bangsar-bAbE

    J – Tasted guilt free only. But judging from the amount of cream she used, it's not going to go down nicely on our waistline! Kekekeke

    Julian – Cute aren't they? 😉

    Christine – Maybe I'll go for that next. Since I like rich cakes.

    taufulou – It's a matter of preference I guess…

    Joe – That's what happens when you dine with Becky. That girl loves to cross-section her food wan! >P

    Unka – Yup, if not we have to eat them straight from the tiny boxes!

    J2Kfm – It should taste of cocoa. This one didn't. Cut into half to show you guys what the cakes look like inside. See…we're so nice! >P

    nomad – Sure. Anytime babe!

  10. Liana

    is this shop in the 'halal' category?

  11. Bangsar-bAbE

    Liana – I'm not sure about that. I don't recall them selling cakes with alcohol. But it's best to call them and check.

  12. NY

    I have been ordering from Patisserie RUI for the last couple of years. Recently when I went to order for my two boys birthdays’ (one was his first birthday), I realized no matter how good a shop is with its quality of food/products, if you are lacking customer skills or you intentionally could care less for some customers/or their specified order because you have some great business going currently, I will never ever go back. Firstly the owner (who took my order this time) had an indifferent attitude and body language when I was discussing the order with her. Although she was always very particular about reminding me of the price of her cakes and their rules about ordering, I was kind of taken back as how they could mix up the orders with regard to the flavour I specified for the two different size and theme of the cake, even after confirming and reconfirming my two cake orders couple of times by mail and phone. It gets worse, when I reminded them of the mistake, they could least bother to care- to get back and apologise!

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