Tito Chef’s Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

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Dulce de Leche Cheesecake, Php175.00
I’ve been wanting to try Tito Chef since I saw their big restaurant in President’s Ave. a few years back. I didn’t used to go to BF to explore the restaurants so I haven’t eaten here since it opened. But now that I work near the area, I decided to stop by for dessert after having dinner in another restaurant a few doors down.
I’d usually have photos and an in-depth review of the place and the service but since this is just one dish, I’ll just review Tito Chef when I get a chance to eat there for an actual meal. I’ll just go straight to the dessert I ordered.
Tito Chef actually has something like a showroom where you can browse the different cupcakes, cakes, pies, and other desserts that they offer. That day I decided to order the dulce de leche cheesecake. I’m always on the look out for the best cheesecake in town so I thought of giving this a try. It also helped that it’s not too expensive.
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I was wondering why it was taking them a while to serve the dessert when it’s just a slice of cake. When it was brought to the table, I realized why. The cheesecake was beautifully presented. I love how they made an effort to make it look extra special instead of just slicing the cake and putting it on a plate, which is what I expected. It’s a refreshing change to see a restaurant take time to plate their desserts. And for 175 pesos, it’s a steal!

As for the taste, I prefer my cheesecakes to be of the baked variety and very cheesy. I don’t like the no-bake cheesecakes and extremely dislike the cheesecakes that taste gelatinous. Tito Chef’s cheesecake is the kind that I like. You could really taste the cream cheese in the dessert and you know that they didn’t scrimp on the cheese. The consistency of the cheesecake was smooth, making it easy to finish the whole slice by yourself! The hint of lime made it refreshing and not cloyingly sweet. I had an issue with the crust, however, since it was breaking apart. I think they added too little butter or didn’t bake it long enough which is why it was crumbly instead of solid.

The cheesecake was really good, one of the better ones around Manila where good cheesecakes are scarce. However, and I may be nitpicking, if it calls itself dulce de leche, I expect it to taste like dulce de leche. The cheesecake itself didn’t have that much of a dulce de leche taste. You need to really scrape the sauce that’s on the plate, and that in itself was not enough for the whole slice. I understand they may be thinking that having more of the dulce de leche sauce incorporated into the cake might make it too sweet but if branded a dulce de leche cheesecake, I expect the sweetness of the dulce de leche in every bite. They should just call it New York Cheesecake and describe it as being served with dulce de leche on the side. Nevertheless, I would still order this again but with managed expectations. Bottom line is it’s still a really, really good cheesecake!

Definitely try Tito Chef’s dulce de leche cheesecake. It’s really delicious and cheesecake lovers will love it. The place is really nice for dates and dessert as well. I will definitely be going back!

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