Kumori in Landmark Sells What We Think are the Best Japanese Cheesecakes in Metro ManilaMay 12, 2015
- Pamela CortezWords
I was never really that big a fan of Japanese or Korean bread and pastries—I found them way too sweet, or lacking in any real distinct flavor or texture. Same goes for Japanese cheesecakes, which to me concentrated too much on fluffiness rather than building up a serious pungent or cheesy profile. They just weren’t my thing. But years later, I’ve come to understand and appreciate the subtlety of it, how they are meant to be understated. The science of creating soft, pillowy bread, or cheesecake that is as light as air is now no longer lost on me. And with the rise of these sorts of places to challenge traditional bakeries, you can’t help but fall in love with them either.
Kumori’s first branch is so discreet that I only caught wind of it because of my sister. There was nothing yet on Instagram, no one talking about it, and my sister only decided to grab a piece because she was on a grocery haul in Landmark. It was so good that I needed to drop whatever I was doing and go try these out, because she assured me it warranted a post on Pepper. The kiosk is unassuming, and it has all the standard stuff Japanese bakeries seem to offer: Japanese cheesecakes, soft buns, cream buns, cheese buns. I tried to order one of each, but so early in the day, some of their green tea stuff was already sold out!
We loved almost everything. I will go out on a limb and say that their Japanese cheesecakes are the best in Manila yet. They are light and fluffy, and have that distinct cheese taste that I find other variations lack. Their Kadawari buns are filled with a creamy egg custard, and their Fuwa-Fuwa buns have a cream inside that is so light with a sweetness that isn’t cloying. Their matcha soft buns might not be too punchy with the herbal or floral of green tea notes, but they are so soft that the filling inside hardly seems to matter. Salted cheesecake is brilliant, too, with the salt a perfect foil to the moist, sweet cake. The krone was a crowd favorite, a flaky, crispy hollow pastry piped with sweet cream upon order. I wasn’t able to try any of their savory stuff, but there was a salmon bun sprinkled with bonito flakes that seemed to be a dream. Nothing looked as if you wanted to pass it over. We suggest you make your way now.
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