On some days, we find ourselves craving for steak. Other days, seafood. Every once in a while, a nice juicy burger. However, for many sugar-crazed
However, for many sugar-crazed looloo reviewers, craving for dessert is an everyday struggle. On their cravings lists? Cheesecake.
In the past year alone, almost 2,000 looloo reviews have been submitted mentioning the word “cheesecake.” We went through all of them to find 10 cheesecakes in Manila that are worth trying the next time your sweet tooth starts acting up.
*List is not ranked, but arranged alphabetically, by place name:
1. Blueberry Cheesecake at Banapple Pies & Cheesecakes
The classic blueberry is a fitting start to the list, and from what we’ve seen and read, Banapple’s one of those places that hits the nail on the head when it comes to flavor and consistency. Generous with the blueberries and not skimping on the cheese, it’s probably their 2nd most popular dessert, after the Banoffee Pie. Yes, their lasagna roll-ups are good too, but leaving a Banapple branch without having a slice of cheesecake is just… wrong.
2. Baked Cheesecake at The Cake Club
“Home of the best cheesecakes in town, I GUARANTEE it!” Strong words from one reviewer, but when your brand is associated with one of Manila’s premiere hotels, high expectations are almost a given. “Tart, creamy, rich, and dense,” it’s also more on the pricier end of the spectrum compared to most places, reflecting its ties to The Diamond Hotel. Still, you’ll find few places better for those times you feel like spoiling yourself and giving in to your sweet tooth.
3. Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake at Cheesecakes by Guy
Creamy, light, and not too sweet, the Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake is one the “Premium Flavors” offered at Guy’s. While it’s the singled-out favorite among reviewers, other unusual flavors like Green Tea and Spiced Pumpkin seem like they’d be worth trying too. For a bit of a local twist on the dessert, check out the “Filipino Fiesta” options like Ube, Chocnut, and Queso de Bola!
4. Dark Chocolate Cheesecake at Chef Lau’s Pugon Roasters
Chef Lau’s Pugon Roasters isn’t exactly the first place that’d come to mind when you think of cheesecakes, but the reviews have spoken — their dark chocolate cheesecake is one of the best around, especially if you’re into really rich desserts. The heavy chocolate contrasts nicely against the velvety-soft cream cheese layer. If something lighter tickles your taste buds more, reviewers also recommend the Mango, White Chocolate, or Maja Blanca cheesecakes!
5. Chicago Cheesecake at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
While you’ve probably tried a New York style cheesecake, CBTL offers something a little different in the form of the Chicago Cheesecake. According to the all-knowing Wikipedia, Chicago style cheesecakes are firmer to the touch on the outside, but have a lighter and softer texture inside. While Manila’s definitely no “Windy City,” according to reviews, Manileños on looloo love these cheesecakes just as much as any Chicago native would.
6. Oreo Cheesecake at Conti’s
Conti’s has always been a weekend favorite for many. They’ve got pretty good entrées (that won’t necessarily break the bank), and dessert-wise, are probably best-known for their Mango Bravo Cake. Worth a second look (or taste, rather), is their Oreo Cheesecake, Conti’s own cheesy spin on everyone’s favorite twist-lick-dunk cookie.
7. Earl Grey Cheesecake at D&B Duck and Buvette
Perhaps trying to veer away from the sweet-on-sweet cheesecake combinations a lot of people are used to, D&B tried a more subtle approach by combining tea and cheese… an unlikely combination that turned out to be a huge hit among diners. Paired with a cup of their exclusive Intelligentsia Coffee, and after a generous serving of their duck confit, it makes for a great night cap to end date nights or barkada get-togethers.
8. Limoncello Cheesecake at Don Limone
Reviews made adding this place to this list easy, but finding a consensus for favorite cheesecake among the more or less two dozen different kinds was tougher than expected. The Limoncello was mentioned the most times by reviewers, but it was definitely a close contest, with the Tiramisu coming in at a close but solid second. They’ve also got “weirder” flavors we’ve never seen before, like a baklava cheesecake, Bailey’s Irish Cream cheesecake, Kahlua, ans even an ube-flavored one!
9. Baked Oreo Cheesecake at Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe
Reviewers swear by this one. The Oreo, cheese, and chocolate shavings combination has won over people who don’t even like Oreos — that alone definitely says a lot. Mom & Tina’s goes the extra mile by making sure it doesn’t just taste good, but looks pretty too! “It’s too cute to be eaten!” says one reviewer! I mean, just look at that thing.
10. Cheesecake Factory Cheesecakes at S&R Food Service
Yes, there is a way to get a taste of the US-based megafranchise here in Manila. These cakes are practically notorious for being HUGE and super calorific (yes, it’s a thing), but also for being oh-so-damn-good. You can get it per slice at S&R’s Food Service, or go big by taking home a whole one to share… or keep for yourself, for those late-night movie marathons.