First Time at Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake!

Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake

Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake located at 598 Bay St in Toronto

After a nice olive oil tasting event and quick stop at Tsujiri, Betty and I walked over to Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake to see how the line-up fared.  Ever since Uncle Tetsu opened in last year in March, I had been hearing lots about this Japanese cheesecake shop and how there are always, continuously, constantly, and regular long line-ups in which to buy their infamous Japanese cheesecakes.  

They only make about a dozen cheesecakes in 15 minutes (depending on if all of them pass their quality test) and thus have the long-standing rule that each customer in line can only buy one cheesecake at a time.  This has caused the line-ups to run from at least an hour to 3 hours or more.  That, my friend, is absolutely crazy!  There is was even a Twitter page updating you on the current line-up wait times.

Thus, because of that and because I am not so crazy about trendy cheesecakes, I had never purposely stopped by Uncle Tetsu’s to queue up for a cheesecake even though I have been super curious about trying these much-talked about Japanese desserts.

Uncle Tetsu interior

Peeping in around the corner at Uncle Tetsu and seeing no line!

However, since Betty and I were in the area and it was about 9:40 p.m. at night on a Tuesday, we decided to take a look and try our chances.  Lo and behold, as we walked closer to the Uncle Tetsu’s shop, there indeed was barely sign of a line!

Wow!  Yay!  I was so excited!  We simply walked in behind a couple of people and we were right inside the store! I was feeling so happy because I had heard of all these line-ups and that if you go during rainy weather, that was when you would have luck on your side.  It was a beautiful sunny summer night and yet there was no line in sight!

Uncle Tetsu interior

I was so excited walking in and the “line” was moving so fast that I had to take pictures quickly to capture the experience 😄

Uncle Tetsu's Shop interior

It smelled amazing in there, like butter 😄

Uncle Tetsu's Shop menu

Uncle Tetsu’s menu!

 Uncle Tetsu's Japanese Cheesecake menu and prices

Their official menu

I already knew that I was going to pick up one of their Original Cheesecakes.  One cost $8.88 or a rounded $10 after taxes.  They also had a sign that said that their Honey Madeleines were for sale that night for $5 for one box.  One box contained 4 Honey Madeleines.  Luckily, Betty agreed to split a box with me.  This was a perfect opportunity to try these Honey Madeleines.  As good as something can be, I was content with trying just one (one for me and one for my mom), thus splitting a box of 4 with Betty was such a good idea.

Uncle Tetsu's Shop interior

It was very clean inside their kitchen

We paid and then we were out of the store in a flash (after I took some photos of the interior since I knew it would be some time until I was there again or at all).  I was so excited!  That really made the rest of my night because I never expected to be able to nab an Original Cheesecake from Uncle Tetsu without having to wait in line.  I guess timing really is everything. 😉

 Uncle Tetsu's Japanese Cheesecake bag

I finally get to nab one of these bags!

 inside my Uncle Tetsu's Japanese Cheesecake bag

My goodies! One Original cheesecake and 2 Honey Madeleines

Since it was late that night, I didn’t bother trying the cheesecake when I got home.  Instead, I simply put it into the fridge to enjoy the next morning.

Uncle Tetsu's Shop interior view from the window

You can watch them make cheesecakes from the outside window

 Uncle Tetsu's Japanese Cheesecake storefront

Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake storefront — have you ever seen it this empty?

Honey Madeleine wrapped up

Honey Madeleine wrapped up

The next morning, I enjoyed the Honey Madeleine first.  It was nicely wrapped up inside a paper bag and I was a little underwhelmed when I saw that it was simply a little cake in a paper wrapping.  It was made with honey but when I ate it, I didn’t really taste the honey much.  It actually reminded me of a denser Chinese sponge cake.  Hmm…

Honey Madeleine

Honey Madeleine

Later that afternoon, I tried the Uncle Tetsu Original Cheesecake.  Ahh!  I was excited.  It was 6 oz of cheesecake and a little on the small size (when you compare it to Western-sized cakes).  It was really soft when cutting it.

Uncle Tetsu's Original Cheesecake box

Box of Uncle Tetsu’s Original Cheesecake

Uncle Tetsu's Original Cheesecake

Uncle Tetsu’s Original Cheesecake. $10

The texture of it when eaten cold is firm and not very cheesy at all.  It was a bit smooth and I could definitely taste the quality in the cake.  However, it wasn’t mind-blowing.

The next time I had the rest of it, I decided to heat it up.  We don’t have a microwave so I put it into the conventional oven for a few minutes.  I actually really enjoyed it hot more than cold.  It was a little crispy on the sides and the inside was very, very soft and fluffy.  Now I could see what people mean when they say that Uncle Tetsu’s cheesecake is very light and fluffy.  The cheese flavour was also much more apparent when it was served hot.  I can just imagine how much better it would taste if it was served right out of the oven.  I really am a big fan of it being served hot – fluffy and tasted like a cloud!

Uncle Tetsu's Original Cheesecake

So fluffy!

I’m so glad that I got to finally try the cheesecake from Uncle Tetsu!  Now, the next step in this Japanese cheesecake adventure is to try their matcha café and also their Angel Café! 🙂

Uncle Tetsu's Japanese Cheesecake Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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5 Responses to First Time at Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake!

  1. interesting – you would really have to do a taste test with a traditional cheesecake to taste the difference.

  2. gchan7127 says:

    Personally, I like how it isn’t too strong… the Western cheesecake is definitely too dense for me.

  3. Pingback: Sakura Cheesecake & Yuzu Cheesecake at Uncle Tetsu’s Unionville Markham | stenoodie

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