It’s finally here! Branded, boxed, and hand-delivered ─ over the counter ─ the iconic Japanese cheesecake has made its way to Toronto. Already a franchise favourite abroad, the latest addition of Uncle Tetsu’s Cheesecake shop is conveniently situated along Bay and Dundas.
Is it worth the hype? To be expected: long line-ups, retrieving and holding onto a ticketed number, and practising patience ─ or self-entertainment ─ while amidst a swarm of patrons. Fortunately, the foodie gene runs in the family. Needless to say, I evaded two hours of the aforementioned ‘expectations’ in exchange for a special home delivery of now trending dessert. Best of all, the experience ─ for me ─ was a piece of cake!
Speaking of cheesecake, Uncle Tetsu’s take on the American style classic is similar in appearance but, quite distinct in its own right. Light as air, this particular Japanese cheesecake reminds me of a delicately sweetened ricotta cheese minus the excess moisture. What’s more, it’s springy to the touch and doesn’t leave you feeling guilty post consumption. If anything, this feather-weight sponge is clearly the alter-ego to all that we have known the ‘original’ to be: a heavily dense and richly saturated mixture that’s encased by a graham cracker crust.
Clearly composed of part cheese and cake-like ingredients, don’t let Tetsu’s mildly sweet round fool you. However ‘light’ in mass, it is still a dessert item ─ a.k.a., a caloric pleasure. Clarification noted, pinpointing a stoppage time in face of devouring subdued lusciousness persists to be challenging, and somewhat borderline dangerous. “Rebel, rebel” ─ if you must ─ and omit moderation. But, you’ve been warned! I repeat, given the delicate taste and texture of Tetsu’s cake, one’s likely to take plentiful bites ─ and more pieces ─ than just one.
In my case, I tried, tasted, and delighted in a ‘reasonable’ share of this traditional eastern dessert recipe. And, here’s my verdict: while diverging in consistency from the western variety, Uncle Tetsu’s cheesecake is notably palatable though it does not yield a velvety cream-based body as one would typically anticipate from a Philly-inspired treat. Luckily, you can be your own judge and find contentment in knowing this: Uncle Tetsu’s Cheesecake welcomes everyone to take a stand ─ waiting in queue ─ to order their very own ‘nouveau gateau au fromage.’
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