3 to try: cheesecake in the capital
Grab a spoon and dig into some of the city’s best desserts
Bu!’s Dulce de leche cheesecake alfajor
Pan-Latino outlet Bu!, another recent opening at the World Trade Centre, has created a dessert that not only tastes like a gift from the heavens, but looks the part. The baked dulce de leche cheesecake alfajor is made with a South American shortbread and is filled with caramel filling (meaning it’s kind of like a sandwich). Add to it a nougat chocolate garnish and a toasted crumble made with hazelnut oil and you have a pudding that What’s On orders every time we visit without looking at the menu.
World Trade Center Mall, Airport Road, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Thur noon until 3pm, 6pm to 2am, Fri and Sat noon until 3am, Dhs45. Tel: (02) 3048179. Taxi: World Trade Center Mall. butrinity.com
NuTawa at Tawa Bakery
You won’t miss the starch one bit in the cheesecake at this 100 per cent gluten-free café. Made up of a dense brownie base, the top is swirled with cream cheese and decadent Nutella. Is it any wonder this is a bestseller?
Al Muneera Beach Plaza, Al Raha, Abu Dhabi, daily 7.30am to 11pm, Dhs20 per slice, Dhs240 for the cake. Tel: (02) 5566900. Taxi: Al Muneera Beach Plaza. tawa.ae
Lady Chatterjee cheesecake at Tamba
What’s the most surprising thing about this new upmarket Indian in the World Trade Centre Mall? The desserts. The curiously named The Break-Up, a decadent and rich dark chocolate mousse ball with peanut semifreddo, salted caramel and chocolate sauce, has caused quite a stir amongst the city’s foodies, but for us, it’s surpassed by the Lady Chatterjee, an exhilarating and fresh cheesecake with passion fruit curd and white chocolate. It’s possibly the best pud we’ve had all year.
World Trade Center Mall, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Wed noon until 1am, Thur to Sat noon until 2am. Tel: (02) 3048219. Taxi: World Trade Center Mall