Shugatori, located in Damansara, serves crowd-pleasing desserts that have surged in popularity among young foodies in recent years. After seeing the stunning pictures on the website, we decided to pay a visit! Their menu showcases a variety of pancakes, ice cream waffles, honey toasts prepared in classic Western, Japanese flavours as well as local influences which feature gula melaka and pandan. The desserts are however, on the pricier side which starts from about RM17 onwards and may go up to RM28 (GST included), so be prepared for your wallet to bleed a little if you want to satisfy your sweet tooth.
The first dessert we ordered was the Midori – a classic pancake layered with Uji Matcha cream, Azuki red bean cream and Matcha crumble topped with Matcha ice cream, served with a side of Uji Matcha sauce. The magenta red from the red bean and soft green from the Matcha paints a pastel, appetising palette for the dish, showcasing the sophisticated, gentle, unique flavours of Japanese favourites. The dish featured three-tier stacked pancakes with green tea and red bean cream in between each alternating slice. The pancakes were fluffy, and the bitterness of the Matcha gave a good balance of flavours. Nonetheless, the dish could benefit from stronger red bean flavours as we didn’t get to taste much of it, but overall the pancakes were delicious with clean and natural flavours.
Next, we had the house signature waffles – Daniel’s, a combination of charcoal and red velvet waffle with strawberry compote, homemade lemon cream cheese curds, fresh blueberries and bits of meringue crisps sprinkled all over the plate, topped with vanilla ice cream, drizzled in raspberry sauce. The meringue crisps gave the dish a nice crunchy texture. A burst of sweetness fills your mouth as it melts away the minute it touches your lips. The lemon cream sauce gave the sugar-heavy dish a well-needed tinge of tanginess. The raspberry sauce and little-sliced pieces of fresh strawberries and blueberries, too, add an element of tartness for a refreshing taste to combat the sweetness. Although some parts of the waffle were still doughy, the waffles were crispy on the outside, fluffy in the middle. The waffles themselves were rather bland, but the sweet and sour raspberry sauce, the creaminess of the cream cheese and dense waffles made the Daniel’s into a rather heavy dish overall.
Lastly, we also ordered the Zen from Shugatori’s signature honey toast menu. Indulgent buttery charcoal and classic toast topped with perfectly burnt meringue blanket, meringue sticks, dragon fruit balls and a scoop of delectable ‘Cookies & Cream’ ice cream, with a side serving of dark chocolate sauce. The dish came beautifully presented with the plating swiped with a brush of chocolate sauce. The chocolate sauce was good as an option but unnecessary as the dish was already sweet enough without the chocolate sauce – a darker, bitterer, richer sauce may complement it better. Altogether with meringue, chocolate, and butter, the flavours were slightly overwhelming as my taste-buds were attacked with all different sorts of flavours at once.
Shugatori’s décor is a minimalistic take on modern vintage themes with a gorgeous marble counter, stoned walls, and wooden tables. This creates a relaxing atmosphere as the soft warmth sunlight seeped in through the glass windows. While the café may be small, the interior is nonetheless strategically packed with plenty of tables to seat a large crowd during busy weekends where customers flow in for brunch and afternoon tea.
To ensure patrons the fullest of the experience, the café also offers a free flow fruit-infused water for its customers to cleanse their palates after each dessert. This is not the regular post-dessert lemon water you get at higher-end restaurants – this is even better! The water is infused with berries, lemon, apple, and mint, far more thoughtful and meticulously crafted for the customers’ enjoyment.
Alas, as we busied ourselves to try out their freshly made desserts, we neglected their other pre-baked confectionaries such as pastries and cakes; neither were we able to try out the café’s beverage menu. This was a regretful point in our trip but we’re sure to come back and try them out next time! All in all, Shugatori is a delightful place to spend a leisure afternoon with pleasant atmosphere, delicious treats and wonderful company.
Shugatori Dessert Café
Address: 95G, Ground Floor, Jalan SS21/1A, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 12.00pm – 11.00pm
Written by Laurel Tan Xiang Min