It’s hard not to love a cheesecake, except when it burns a hole in our pockets! The cheesecake hasn’t adapted to DIY culture as well as we’d hoped — even a cake box mix needs some level of expert intervention.
Hence, we recommend sticking to professionally made picks, now that cheesecakes come in all shapes and with every kind of price tag. Here’s My Kolkata’s quick guide to the city’s best cheesecakes – for every budget:
Sample sizes: Rs 100 - 200
Shripriya Gupta’s Little Pleasures offers travel-friendly mini cheesecakes, which are great for brunches or high tea. You’ll spot lemon-flavoured cheesecakes made with cream cheese, biscuit crush and raspberry or blueberry puree, and classic flavours such as Biscoff or classic New York cheesecake.
Price: Rs 170 onwards
The Rouge offers a good selection of mini cheesecakes in raspberry, blueberry and red velvet flavours. They’re classic, consistent and airy.
Price: Rs 185 onward
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Fine dining: Rs 200-400
For the familiar post-meal cheesecake, Camac Street’s all-day resto-bar Zobet offers a smooth and creamy blueberry cheesecake that has all the right fixings.
Price: Rs 345
Chili’s New York-style cheesecake is the best bang for your buck. It’s smooth, no-nonsense and filling. It has a dense, set consistency and is served with a strawberry drizzle. Chili’s desserts are known for their large portions, so if you’re looking to split a dessert, the cheesecake would be your best pick.
Price: Rs 295
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The Salt House
If you’re tired of the traditional American cheesecake, go for something lighter and experimental. The Salt House offers a summery Italian lemon, gondhoraj and lime cheesecake that’s perfect for daytime meals.
Price: Rs 375
The Fatty Bao
When it comes to non-American cheesecakes, nothing beats the jiggly Japanese cheesecake. This popular version has a souffle-like consistency, a brown top and also uses less cheese than a regular heavy-set, New York-style cheesecake. The Fatty Bao serves an Instagram-worthy slice of Japanese cheesecake with pistachio crumble, vanilla bean ice cream and sour cherries compote.
Price: Rs 320
(L) The Salt House’s Italian lemon cheesecake and The Fatty Bao’s Japanese cheesecake
Premium dine-in: Rs 400-600
Burma Burma’s new dessert menu has a baked Saffron and Samuza cheesecake made with pistachio cream, brie cheese, honey samuza and mango sorbet. It offers the perfect play of textures and lines up some crisp flavours.
Price: Rs 550
Hard Rock Cafe
If you simply can't get over the dense, rich, indulgent NYC-style cheesecake, Hard Rock Cafe offers a superbly creamy cheesecake served with thin layers of chocolate and caramel sauce, finished with sprinkles of butterscotch.
Price: Rs 500
(L) Burma Burma’s baked saffron cheesecake curated by Vinesh Johny and Prathana Narang and Hard Rock Cafe’s New York-style cheesecake
Full-sized/Gourmet/ Made-to-order picks: Rs 600 onwards
Boma Asian Bakery
Your best bet to score a full-sized Japanese cheesecake on short notice is the Middleton Street joint, Boma Asian Bakery. The bakery serves one-pound Japanese cheesecakes (made with signature milk cream cookie crumble and caramel drizzle) that are available for walk-in customers.
Price: Rs 650 onward
TG by Tanvi Ghai
If you’re exploring gourmet options for a party, made-to-order cheesecakes are ideal. Kolkata baker Tanvi Ghai makes the most decadent and creamy cheesecakes in town, which come in classic flavours (including Biscoff) and are also customisable.
Price: Rs 1,650 per pound