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?
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.
PATISSERIE RUI BAKERY
G1B, Mt Kiara Meridin
19, Jln Duta Kiara
Business Hours: 10am – 8pm