10 Spots for the Dreamiest Basque Burnt Cheesecakes in Manila
From A+ takes on the plain cheesecake to ingenious flavored versions!
(SPOT.ph) You don’t usually find the words “burnt” and “swoon-worthy” in the same sentence. That is, of course, unless the topic revolves around Basque burnt cheesecake! Thought to possibly originate from a restaurant called La Viña in San Sebastián some three decades ago, it rose to fame in 2020. And while we love a good New York-style cheesecake any day, we were among those who became instant converts.
This style of the dessert pretty much breaks the rules, going deliberately for a “burnt” exterior. But it makes way to a creamy cheesecake interior that’s often more on the rare or even molten side of the cheesecake-doneness spectrum; and while it lacks a crust, the contrast between the caramelized edges and slightly tangy insides is just a dream to behold. Looking for great versions in Manila? We’ve got you covered.
You can get excellent versions of Basque burnt cheesecake from these restos and online sellers:
Workshop was one of the first to bring Basque burnt cheesecakes to our shores, and their version (P1,500) remains one of the very best. Smooth and creamy on the inside with a properly burnt top, it wows in its simplicity—and it sure doesn’t hurt that it’s not too sweet. Aside from the original version, Workshop also makes it in Calamansi (P1,600) and Ube (P1,500) flavors! You can order via The Grid’s website.
Chef Chele’s Kitchen
Owned by Gallery by Chele’s Chef Chele Gonzalez and his wife Teri Gonzalez, Chef Chele’s Kitchen’s Basque Burnt Cheesecake (P950/six and a half inches, P1,550/eight and a half inches) is the creamiest we’ve had in Manila. It’s got a molten, lava-like center when served at room temperature the day you receive it (which is what they recommend), but you can also serve it cold for a firmer but still smooth and lush texture that’s the stuff of dreams! You can easily get your fix via their order form. Bonus: You can also get a swoon-worthy bibingka Basque burnt cheesecake from Chef Chele's other brand Deli by Chele; this is a special dessert by their Co-Executive Chef Carlos Villaflor.
The beauty of Basque burnt cheesecake is its ability to also take to all sorts of spinoff flavors. Online seller Basic Plus, for one, takes it out for a citrusy, toffee-like spin in their Orange + Dulce de Leche Burnt Cheesecake (P950/six inches, P1,600/nine inches)! Decadent yet zesty, it's an ingenious combo that works with the cheesecake's lush texture. You can try this for yourself by sending them a direct message to place an order two days in advance.
For orders, send Basic Plus a message on Instagram.
Basque MNL describes themselves as Manila’s first burnt-cheesecake specialty store, and true enough, it’s all about that dessert here. Their Basque burnt cheesecake is available in a couple of flavors—from the not-too-sweet Classic (P1,350) to the earthy Perfect Matcha (P1,550) to the nutty Basque Sesame (P1,550) and even the coffee-tinged Dalgona Basque (P1,550)! You can also go for their minis, which are available in boxes of four (P1,350/all Classic, P1,600/assorted flavors). You can try it for yourself by filling out their order form one to two days in advance.
The Manila Baker
This Pasig-based purveyor whips up all sorts of baked goods, from dreamy pies to a stellar Chocolate Mascarpone Cloud Cake—but you don’t want to miss their Basque Burnt Cheesecake (P1,250/eight inches, P1,800/10 inches), which has a light-meets-rich consistency that just about melts in the mouth. They’ve also got a Strawberry version (P1,350/eight inches, P1,900/10 inches) studded with tangy chunks of fruit, and even a Chocolate Hazelnut version (P1,375/eight inches) that’s basically a Nutella fan’s dream! You can place an order by messaging them on social media.
Wisteria7242 makes a Traditional Basque Burnt Cheesecake (P800/six inches, P1,600/eight inches) with a decidedly rustic-looking appearance and smooth, velvety interior. What you especially don’t want to miss, though, are their nut-crusted spin-offs—i.e., Basque burnt cheesecakes with a crust of Macadamias and Almonds (P900/six inches, P1,800/eight inches) or Pecans and Walnuts (P1,000/six inches, P2,000/eight inches) for a crunchy, buttery contrast against its lush cheesecake base. There’s also a Fig and Queso de Bola version (P1,000/six inches, P2,000/eight inches) that melds Mediterranean and Filipino worlds. Just message them on social media or through their mobile number.
Bake Scout’s chocolate chip cookies have become an Instagram favorite, but they're also home to a Basque Burnt Cheesecake (P980/seven inches, P1,650/eight inches). Their version stands out from others with its relatively neat appearance—take a look at that smooth and evenly burnt top that makes way to a creamy, silky center! You can easily place an order by filling out their order form one to three days in advance.
Kalea Tarta is all about exploring just how versatile Basque burnt cheesecake can be. Their original Tarta de Queso (P700/five inches, P1,100/seven inches) is a velvety and not-too-sweet dream, but their specialty flavors are as intriguing as they are drool-worthy: Think Queso de Bola (P800/five inches, P1,300/seven inches), Gorgonzola y Nuez (P1,000/five inches, P1,600/seven inches) a.k.a. blue cheese, and even Queso de Cabra y Fresa Marmelada (P1,000/five inches, P1,600/seven inches) or goat cheese and strawberry! Try these one-of-a-kind treats for yourself by sending them a message on Viber or Whatsapp.
For orders, contact 0917-608-1677 or 0917-815-2332 through Viber or Whatsapp. You can also check out their Facebook page.
Sourdough Cafe and Deli
More than their namesake bread, Sourdough Cafe and Deli also bakes a swoon-worthy Basque Burnt Cheesecake (P195/slice, P1,950/whole) with a bold and brazen caramelized top and dense but silky consistency. As with all their other breads, pastries, and savory dishes, they use great-quality ingredients here—and it shows up in the resulting excellent rendition of the dessert. You can message them on social media or Viber to place an order.
Nouveau Bakes makes versions that have the fruit mixture not on top… but as a surprise layer in the middle of the cheesecake that reveals itself as you take a slice! You can choose from the Blueberry Surprise (P600/six inches, P820/eight inches) or Very Berry Strawberry (P600/six inches, P820/eight inches) versions. Of course, they also have a good ol’ Classic Basque Burnt Cheesecake (P550/six inches, P750/eight inches) that’s definitely worth a try, too. Just send them a message for orders.
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