Patisserie Rui Bakery: Light as a Feather

If you like your cakes rich, full-bodied, comforting and indulgent, then Patisserie Rui isn’t the place you’re looking for. However,  I can see why many are heading over to her cute store at Mon’t Kiara. Her dainty cakes reminded me of those found in Japan, not only were they pretty to look at, but they’re fluffy, light as a feather and virtually guilt-free. Perfect for those who are afraid of “heavy” desserts. Then again, can you actually call them cakes if they’re not sinful?

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After a good lunch one afternoon, we made a quick detour to this newly opened cake house. Boy, were we spoiled for choice. Sitting delicately in the showcase were the signature Velvet Cupcakes (Red, Yellow and Green Tea) alongside with some Strawberry Shortcake, Tiramisu and two Princess Cakes. We really wanted to try the Princess Cake as it was so pretty. It looked like it was taken right out of Barbie’s world. But, we went against the idea as we were pretty stuffed. We settled for just a slice of Strawberry Shortcake (RM 9.00) and Red Velvet Cupcake (RM 3.50). “Wow, so affordable!” was our initial reaction. We felt like could have bought everything in the showcase and then some. But our euphoria stopped right there.

The strawberry shortcake was not very interesting, too sweet for my liking and there weren’t much strawberries to chew on. To be honest, it felt like eating air as the foam-like cake texture disintegrates inside my mouth. The velvet also fell short of expectations, which wasn’t much to begin with when I saw the price earlier. How much good can RM3.50 buy you, especially in this area? True enough, it was nothing more than a cupcake with red colouring topped with a mountain of sweetened whipped cream. I’m not too sure if its because we didn’t order the right things. I do hope to come back and try something much more satisfying just to be fair. Or maybe I should give it up and stick to my favourite guilty pleasures. Nevertheless, after all I’ve said, I can really see where their appeal lies. We didn’t feel an ounce heavier after devouring both cakes. I’m sure many would love this guilt-free illusion.

On a brighter note, what I really like about this friendly daughter-mother team is the creative efforts put into the branding of their business. One look around and you will notice little kawaii Japanese-inspired illustrations, all hand-drawn by the baker herself. Rui was also showing us the draft to her awesome Christmas catalogue, also fully illustrated by her. How cool is that? Another testament to their creativity, was their homemade Traditional Christmas Fruitcake, which are sold in claypots! It was down right fascinating when I found out what the stacked claypots in her small shop were for. And for that alone, they deserve to be applauded. Too bad, we couldn’t buy one to try during our visit as these need to be ordered in advance for them to bake and mature over time.

As much as Patisserie Rui is a cake maker, they are also a bakery at the same time. Hence the name of the shop. We were lucky enough to sample some of their crunchy cookies as they were baking a fresh batch of it. They also make a selection of fresh bread to sell. Apparently they run out of these pretty fast.

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PATISSERIE RUI BAKERY
G1B, Mt Kiara Meridin
19, Jln Duta Kiara
Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-62079282
Business Hours: 10am – 8pm

8 Responses to Patisserie Rui Bakery: Light as a Feather
  1. thenomadGourmand
    December 4, 2009 | 1:36 am

    yes yes…guilt free isn't it?
    The princess cake better i think, the strawberry shortcake didnt appeal to me the least so i didnt try.

  2. Sean
    December 4, 2009 | 2:46 am

    looks are deceiving hor. the red velvet actually appears kinda moist and dense. but yeah, i prefer my cakes to be as decadent as possible!

  3. CUMI & CIKI
    December 4, 2009 | 3:31 am

    i wanna go.. bring me!

  4. Nic (KHKL)
    December 4, 2009 | 5:00 am

    you are right, dude. j-desserts are lighter and more subtle in taste. i like! having said that, i like dense stuff too. like fbb's wonderful spencer.

  5. thule a.k.a leo
    December 4, 2009 | 7:07 am

    for Red Velvets, maybe you have got used to your ah pa's version :) that's why you have such a high expectation on this OnE!

  6. 550ml jar of faith @minchow
    December 5, 2009 | 1:58 pm

    I'm almost ashamed to admit this, but I actually like my cakes a little on the less heavy side. I think our tastebuds for cakes have gotten too weighed down by the stack of dairy that we're almost consuming cream with cake as garnishing! I am so ordering the claypot fruitcake for work Xmas party!

  7. qwazymonkey
    December 6, 2009 | 5:08 pm

    TNG: Maybe I'll return to try the Princess cake soon. Hope it'll be satisfying

    Sean: Yup, looks can be deceiving.

    C&C: Okay, let's go. We can share the Princess Cake.

    Nic: Well I like j-desserts too, least those I've found in Tokyo. It's just something's not really ticking with the ones here.

    Thule: U know what, it's all Ah Pa's fault. Totally spoiled us.

    Minchow: Well, ur sure will be consuming cream with cake garnishing at this place. Look at the cake!

  8. The Innovative Baker!
    December 9, 2009 | 8:25 am

    Ok…starting 2010, muah! The Innovative Baker will be selling cupcakes too… need to make some moolah to finance my stay here in Europe…but that red velvet cupcake looks decadent…

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