I’m not the biggest fan of Asian-style desserts. I don’t hate them per se, but I’m going to take a lucious, rich chocolate cake over some sticky rice or red bean soup any day of the week. However, it does seem that Asian places are stepping up their dessert game and incorporating a lot of Western elements into their cakes and pastries. One such place is Passion8. I decided to check out that cafe this week. Now, I know that they are best known for their frozen desserts like shaved ice, but I found myself instantly drawn to the beautiful, lucious cakes that they had on display. They had four varieties available when I arrived, so I decided to get a slice of each one.
Matcha Cheesecake ($4.95):
This is more of an Asian-style cheesecake, and is more lighter and fluffier than the New York types of cheesecakes. Although I do personally prefer the latter over the former, I did quite enjoy this cake for what it is. It was quite fluffly, albeit a tad bit dry, and mildly sweet with a subtle hint of green tea flavour. A good option for those who don’t like overly sweet desserts.
Gateau Choco Cake ($6.75):
The cake itself was quite moist and mildly sweet. I didn’t really care too much for the frosting however; I found it to be kind of stiff and a little gummy. Oddly, although it certainly looks very chocolatey, I seriously couldn’t detect too much cocoa flavour at all; in fact, if I was blind-folded, I probably wouldn’t have been able to tell that it was a chocolate cake. It also had a slightly stale flavour. Overall, I did find this to be kind of a disappointment.
Valrhona Cheese Cake ($4.95):
Like the matcha version, the cake here was soft, fluffy and light. It was mildly sweet, slightly tangy and had a good, distinct chocolate flavour that was missing in the Gateau Choco. Even though I wasn’t the biggest fan of Asian-style cheesecakes, I actually really liked this one.
Red Velvet Cake ($6.75):
The cake was soft and moist, and had a really nice tang. They were relatively conservative with the cream cheese frosting; as such the cake was not as rich as the versions that I’ve had in the past. Nevertheless, it was still quite tasty, and a good option for those looking for something a bit lighter.
So with the exception of the Gateau Choco, I quite enjoyed the cakes at Passion8. While they haven’t exactly changed my mind on Asian-style desserts (I still prefer the Western style), I’m quite open now to check out more Asian-style bakeries/cafes. I do find the prices for their layer cakes to be a bit high though considering that the slices are relatively small. This won’t be a place that I’d frequent often, but it is a good option for those who want/prefer lighter cakes.
Recommendations: Cheesecakes, Red Velvet Cake (they also have a tiramisu shaved ice that everyone seems to rave about)