On day 2 of our Hanoi trip, we took a walk along Phan Chu Trinh street after a super brief visit to Hanoi Opera House. We were eyeing O’Douceurs located on this street and even went inside but finally, but alas we decided to skip it. Since it was past 11am and the weather was even hotter, we were reminded of the tasty ice-cream that we enjoyed earlier at Kem Tràng Tiền. We knew Pablo Cheesetart, Japan’s famous cheese tart chain is just around the corner and chooses to take a break there for the air conditioning first and sweet treats second.
The moment I stepped into Pablo Hanoi, I was at awe with the interior design. It was chic, modern and comfy. This is the first floor interior. Beautiful ain’t it?
I’ve only tried Pablo Cheesetart once before this which was at Osaka a few years back. Pablo Hanoi was our 2nd time. So, ahem… we ordered two minis for sharing while enjoying the cool air and cosy ambience.
Pablo mini plain at 48,000 VND (~RM8.50). The price is just a little on the upper side compared to the one in Osaka (price in 2016: 200 yen = ~RM7.60). Our plain mini looks quite bare without the signature scorched spots on the tart surface.
Here’s the cross-section of Pablo mini plain. The plain or should I say regular/standard cheese tart was quite good. The shell was crunchy while the cheese filling was gooey and wet overall. It wasn’t very sweet thankfully. Although the cheese tart was creamy, the cheese flavour was rather weak.
Pable mini chocolate 52,000 VND (~RM9.50). I was excited to try this because I’m a chocolate lover.
Let’s look at the cross-section of Pablo mini chocolate. The tart shell for this chocolate tart was darker compared to the standard cheese tart. The gooeyness surrounded only the middle area of the filling and while there was not much cheese taste, it was really chocolatey.
We sat by the window on the first floor and enjoyed the quiet time. Besides us, there was only another group of two young teenagers/adults (busy changing clothes and taking photos).
Outside view from the first floor of Pablo.
Overall, I dig the design and environment of Pablo Hanoi. For the cheese tart, well, it was just OK and not cloying. Maybe I’m used to cheese tart already hence I don’t get the wow-surprise factor any longer unless I discover a very good one then I might squeal for joy.
When I left Pablo, a thought came to me, “I wished I had spent my time and money on sampling local food rather than on an international brand franchisee”. Hahaha
1A Hai Bà Trưng,
Phan Chu Trinh, Hoàn Kiếm,
Hà Nội, Vietnam
Tel: +84 246 670 7080
Opening time: 9am-10pm, daily