YAMU Loves: Key Lime Pie at Cafe Kumbuk.

We usually review places, but in this YAMU Loves feature we'll highlight some of our favorite food and drink around the city.

 

With its rustic patterened tiles and white-washed, pastel hued interior, everything about Cafe Kumbuk is serenity in itself. Especially their Key Lime Pie, which Dili and I fell instantly in love with.

The pie is really simple, with a biscuit base and immensely fluffy yet creamy body. It's like a cross between a custard/ condensed milk topping and lime-spiked cream. The cream literally just melts in your mouth — there's a contrast in textures and flavours, as at first you don't really taste anything and then the citrusy tang kicks in, rather subtly. And then there's lime peel in bits of it which adds a stronger tang, and then you get the base which gives a more solid grounding to the whole thing.

This is pretty much the only place in Colombo where we've found a lime pie, and one which we love at that. While this is a YAMU Loves, heads up that the preparation can be inconsistent and we've sometimes been underwhelmed by it. We've had both good and lukewarm experiences — the good one leaving us craving for a lifetime's worth of Key Lime Pies, and the bad one merely not living up to our previous experiences but still being good nonetheless.

There are three layers, with the middle one being what seems to be milk-soaked-cake a bit like the tres-leches at Butter Boutique. So for Rs. 400 you basically get a fluffy, frothy, custardy top layer, super soft soaked cake middle layer, and the crusty biscuity layer. Heaven? Heaven.

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