Light, tasty, and cheese, Uncle Tetsu makes a mean cheese cake for Torotonians. Photos and Words by: Jun Kobayashi and Ai Nagaoka
Uncle Tetsu is famous for its cheesecake and now there’s a location at Bay and Dundas in Toronto.
Opening its door on March 18, this spring time opening is now just one of three large Japanese chains that have opened in the city, but Uncle Tetsu is decidedly on the more sweet side. A big sign adorns the front of the shop and a window allows passersby to watch the cheesecakes being made.
And when you get into the actual store, the lines can be about one hour long, the sweet smell of the bakery overwhelms.
“To tell you the truth, I didn’t expect that our cheese cake would get so popular,” said owner Tetsushi Mizokami with smile knowing a huge line was forming outside of the shop. And he has high hopes of opening even more stores in the future.
Tetsushi Mizokami, seen here, was in Toronto for the shop’s grand opening. Photo by: Jun Kobayashi
Inside, we could see staff making the cheesecakes from behind a large glass counter. The freshly-baked cheese cake smell drifted throughout the small store and after standing in line for long time, we had our cake.
As soon as we got it, we went to find a place to eat. Unfortunately, Uncle Tetsu’s doesn’t have any counters for visitors, so your best bet would be to head over to the Atrium on Bay right across the street.
When we had a bit of the cake, it brought a huge wave of nostalgia for the past. The cheese cake it not so sweet, but it melts when you put it into your mouth. The texture is smooth and soft, and the key to that is its fresh ingredients.
According to Uncle Tetsu, Toronto is a good spot to find fresh ingredients including a variety of cheeses, fresh eggs, and milk used in his secret recipe. And yet, we wonder if its really his bubbly personality that makes his cheese cake so tasty and light.
Uncle Tetsu is located at 598 Bay Street Toronto, ON.