LeTAO (ルタオ) is one of my rare splurge, a 890 baht to-die-for cheesecake, that I had no intention to finish anytime soon.
Founded in 1996, LeTAO stands for “La Tour Amitié Otaru”, French for “The Amiable Tower of Otaru” – the headquarters and home of Otaru bakery in Hokkaido, Japan.
LeTAO is famous for its cheesecake in Hokkaido, Japan, and has just opened its first store at Siam Paragon for about 1 week+ now. The owner speaks good English, and told me that the cake expiry date is one month, but must keep in the freezer compartment. She suggested that I cut a small portion, and keep it in the fridge. Let it come to the room temperature for about half an hour, prior to eating. The rest, store in the freezer.
When I bought my Double Fromage cheese cake, I was asked whether I have been to Hokkaido. And I replied no, but have heard of the brand. Many tourists who have traveled to Japan’s Hokkaido will have heard of the LeTAO. and their signature Double Fromage cheesecake.
Unveiling the goodie at home was full of anticipation. I ain’t kidding you. It’s freaking awesome!! And yeah, with two exclamation marks!! Holy moly goodielicious, my best food discovery in 2015!
Double Fromage cheese cake was light-and-fluffy heavenlicious. Aptly described as “just one bite and you will experience the taste in your mouth that melts like snow.” It is a double layered cheesecake – the upper layer is creamy smooth no-bake cheesecake using mascarpone, and the lower layer is rich, tasty baked cheesecake.
The thing about LeTAO cheesecake is it’s not dense and thick, like NYCC New York Cheesecake (which I absolutely adore). Friends would know that I swear by NYCC New York Cheesecake at CDC, lauded as the best cheesecake I have ever tasted.
I can’t make up my mind yet whether LeTAO has dethroned NYCC, or perhaps I’ll now have two favorite cheesecakes in the Kingdom.
My next purchase is going to be LeTAO’s Chocolat Double .. gosh 890 baht for a teeny-weeny cheesecake … Any sponsor?
Update Oct 2016
10 months later, and I finally went back to LeTAO and was pleasantly surprised with their additional product offerings.
Since I have tried their Double Fromage cheese cake, the lady boss highly recommend their Potiron Double (890 baht). It is a seasonal item to mark Autumn season, made of special pumpkin and chestnut flavor.
I let it sit in the freezer for about a week, and then moved it down to our fridge. The cake can keep up to 3 months if stored in the freezer compartment.
Not sure whether it was because of our not-too-cold freezer; not properly stores, I wasn’t as cheezily-happy as my first try.