While on a recent trip through the Union GO Train Station, I stopped by the Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake location in the York Concourse and picked up a treat to enjoy when I got home. This was a first for me, and it definitely won’t be a last!
Living in Toronto, I had heard a lot about the Uncle Tetsu brand and their unique type of cheesecake but had never had an opportunity to stop by one of their flagship locations in the city. On many occasions, I had even passed by their location at Union Station, smelling the sweet smell of the warm cheesecakes while rushing to my train. This time, with a couple minutes to spare, I finally decided to try it out.
If you’ve never heard of Japanese cheesecake, unlike a traditional or New York-style cheesecake with which you might be most familiar, Japanese cheesecake is a lot fluffier and lighter, reminiscent of a soufflé. The cake doesn’t have a crust and is one tall layer of jiggly goodness. While it’s made with similar ingredients, the process is a lot more complicated, using whipped egg whites in the batter. Some might even say that since this cheesecake is so much lighter, you could eat a whole cake to yourself in one sitting because it’s filled with a lot of air and isn’t nearly as heavy. After trying the cake for myself, this was definitely very tempting!
Made fresh on location, my cheesecake from Uncle Tetsu’s was ready to bring home in a cute Uncle Tetsu’s box and bag shortly after I ordered it. On the train, I kept getting whiffs of its delicious smell in its box and was counting down the minutes till when I could dig in. Later, the cheesecake definitely lived up to its expectations!
With the iconic Uncle Tetsu gradient and character branding on top, the cake was delicious. Unlike the many other cheesecakes I had previously had, this one was light, airy, and fluffy. It felt cloud-like and was very easy to eat as it melted in my mouth with every bite.
Uncle Testu’s Cheesecake had its start in Japan in the 1970s when Uncle Tetsu first opened an Uncle Tetsu shop in Fukuoka. However, it was not until 1985 that the Uncle Tetsu’s Cheesecake was born. Following its creation, Uncle Tetsu’s original recipe for handmade Japanese-style cheesecake quickly grew in popularity throughout Japan, becoming a hot topic in the media. Since then, the chain has grown to have locations worldwide, starting in Taiwan and China, followed by Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, the United States, and Canada. Their first Toronto location was opened in 2015, and since then, they now have 9 locations within the GTA.
Head to an Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake location to try their delicious dessert for yourself! And, stay tuned as I try more international treats within our city!