A Slice of Delight

by Gana Adi
5th April 2016
Finding a confectionery in Jakarta is not a difficult task by any means, but it’s safe to say that DORÉ by LeTAO is holding on to a winning ticket – thanks to its signature fromage cake and the Japanese belief of "kodawari" it strongly holds.

Tucked away in the third floor corridor of Plaza Indonesia where it is almost lost among the dazzling strips of extravagant shops, DORÉ by LeTAO is an elegant offshoot of LeTAO, a renowned bakery in Japan that was founded in 1996. Based in Otaru, a historical port town on the northern island of Hokkaido, LeTAO is brought to Jakarta’s shore under the good hands of Omiyage Inc., resulting to a new brand called DORÉ by LeTAO.

Judging from the display that dominates the space, the star of the show here is, unmistakably, the fromage. This divine treat is a combination of the smooth and creamy no-bake cheesecake on the upper layer with the rich baked cheesecake on the bottom, available in three types of flavours including original, chocolat (velvety cocoa and cream cheese topped with mascarpone cheese mousse and covered in chocolate crumbs) and matcha (a unique blend of matcha and cream cheese that pairs beautifully).

Locally produced using the finest ingredients such as matcha from Uji in Kyoto and chocolate from Tabanan in Bali, DORÉ holds a strong commitment and dedication to quality, invested in an ideology originated from the land of the rising sun known as kodawari.

DORÉ’s mission, however, is to position itself as a gift shop where confectioneries, including cookies and financier cake in addition to fromage, are available to go as souvenirs for loved ones. Such idea explains the lack of seating area with only four tables available. Nevertheless, dining-in is no less of an experience here.

Fans of DORÉ’s much covetable fromage will easily fall for its premise that is decorated with blue bell wood panels with gold accent, then adorned with curtains in pastel salmon shade that altogether exudes sophistication and warmness. Just like a teatime without a slice of cake, cake time would be downright imperfect with its staple drink: tea. Settle in for a slice or two of fromage with tea selections from the local tea purveyor Lewis & Caroll Tea. For those needing more kick of caffeine, coffee is also available with beans provided by Morph.

Altogether, DORÉ by LeTAO does exactly what it says on the tin – creating confectionary delights with the upmost quality, be it purely for your self-indulgence after long hours of shopping or as a heavenly surprise for your significant others at home.