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Review: Lady M cakes

Lady M has an outlet in the IFC (and several others, including Harbour City in Ocean Terminal, Fashion Wallk in Causeway Bay, New Town Plaza in Sha Tin), which is always very busy. There is only a small sit-in section and often a long queue.

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Lady M is known for its signature Mille-Crepes Cake, which combines French and Japanese pastry skills. Apparently Oprah Winfrey and the first lady of home economics, Martha Stewart, rave about these creations. The brand is originally from New York City (hence these celebrity endorsements), but quite sensibly, the cakes in Hong Kong are handmade over here (and not shipped).

Lady M IFC Hong Kong June 2016-2

The showpiece creation, the Mille-Crepes Cake is made out of more than 20 paper-thin, handmade crêpes per cake, which a golden caramelised topping. There is a layer of cream between each crêpe. It requires almost 30 hours to make one crêpes cake – and only around 100 cakes are being made a day.

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A few days ago I visited a friend in Discovery Bay and decided to bring a few slices of cake along (and lucky me, it was a rainy weekday and hardly anyone queuing).

I bought a slice of the signature cake plus one slice each of the the strawberry and matcha versions, so we could try and compare. Overall I was pleasantly surprised – the slices are not too sweet, but they are creamy, light and very flavoursome. Especially the strawberries were so fresh and juicy, they tasted like they must have been picked a few hours before. And of course, knowing my love of green tea, I love how matcha and sugar compare and contrast with each other!

Prices range from 58HKD to 75HKD per slice – so the cakes are quite expensive, but then they should also be reserved for a special occasion, don’t you think? So now I just need to find another opportunity to go to Discovery Bay and visit my friend, so I can purchase more cake …

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