It's not a dessert that has everyone convinced, but those who love cheesecake truly adore it and keep searching for the absolute top slice anywhere they go. We've rounded up five of the best cheesecakes on offer in Melbourne for anyone who can't resist the unmistakable combination of tangy texture and sweetness that is cheesecake.
Peanut Butter Cheesecake
The Black Toro's cheesecake extravaganza is one not to be missed. Try the Peanut Butter Cheesecake with its chocolate crumb crust and some honeycomb added in for good measure. In the Glen Waverley restaurant, this cheesecake is served "deconstructed": out of its crust, with a scoop of chocolate ice-cream and the crust scattered in crumbs over the top along with shards of honeycomb.
Name your Cheesecake at Bay 101
For an authentic taste of Italy, Bay 101 has it all - from antipasti, pizzas and pastas through to salads and scrumptious Italian mains. And if you want to round your meal off with a decadent sweet note, Bay 101 has one of the widest selections of delicious cheesecakes on a Melbourne restaurant menu. Choose from classic New York Cheese Cake, Caramel and Macadamia Cheese Cake, the fruity Lime & Coconut Cheesecake and Passionfruit Cheesecake. For out and out chocolate-lovers, Toblerone Cheese Cake makes the perfect choice. This sweet sensation would go well with an espresso.
The Cheesecake that's a Brownie Too
If you're the type of person who has trouble choosing which dessert to have, then at The Kettle Black, help is at hand. No need to decide between a cheesecake or a brownie - have the Chocolate Cheesecake Brownie and experience the two classic desserts in one. How do they do it? They start off with a dense brownie base and then swirl the creamy cheesecake over the top.
Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart
The Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart store adds an Asian cheesecake experience for Melbourne's cheesecake devotees. Like the Uncle Tetsu Japanese cheesecakes, which have already taken Australia by storm, the Hokkaido cheese tart isn't as sweet as the regular cheesecake flavour you might be used to. Made with a combination of three cheeses and set in a shortcrust pastry shell, these will melt in your mouth. Hokkaido is a northern Japanese island which is famous for its natural cheeses and the Australian Hokkaido stores use local milk to replicate the authentic Hokkaido cheese flavours. These tarts taste quite different depending on the temperature you eat them at - but hot or cold, they're delicious, so you'll have to try them at least twice!
Cheesecake the French way
At the Parisian Patisserie in Essendon you'll find a window full of pastries welcoming you. Run by a husband and wife team who spent a few years living in Paris, the Patisserie menu's main focus is on French baked goods such as almond croissants and mille-feuille. However, their New York Baked Cheesecake, with a biscuit base and topped with seasonal fruit, is always popular and part of the reason you'll see locals queuing out of the door at the Parisian.
If you don't feel like queuing for your cheesecake fix, and you want to get a slice of your favourite Melbourne cheesecake brought to your door, get Deliveroo to do the work for you.