What are you craving? Rich, creamy cheesecake? Light, fluffy soufflé?
Uncle Tetsu’s cheesecake lets you have the best of both worlds. Their unmistakeable, delectable cheesecake has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, and for good reason.
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Here’s what you should know about Uncle Tetsu and its store:
What is it?
Formed with sugar, eggs, butter, flour, and ‘Australian cheese’, the batter is then poured into cake pans that are set in a water bath and baked for 30 minutes.
Each cheese is baked daily, handmade and baked to perfection. While they aren’t gluten-free, dairy-free, Halal, or Kosher, they use natural and local ingredients.
The six inch cheesecakes have a consistency of a spongecake, yet are reminiscent of a custard. They’re crustless, meaning only the top is golden brown. Rich, smooth, creamy, and filled with cheese, Uncle Tetsu’s cheesecakes are more subtly sweet than anything.
The lightness of the cake is almost shocking, yet leaves you pleasantly surprised. The density increases after a couple of hours, with the taste turning to more of a cheesy flavour rather than the subtly sweet egg.
Each cake is stamped with the signature Uncle Tetsu logo.
A Brief History
The first Uncle Tetsu location opened in Hakata, Japan about 25 years ago by founder Tetsushi Mizokami.
Since then, it quickly grew into a global phenomenon. Uncle Tetsu has over 70 locations across China, as well as in Singapore, Malaysia, Columbia, and Toronto.
Ontario has one location, Toronto has four, and they’ve been hyped up since day one. There’s even a twitter dedicated to informing people about Tetsu lineups.
Uncle Tetsu In Burnaby
Uncle Tetsu will be coming to the west coast this May, opening their first British Columbia location in Burnaby.
On May 18th, an Uncle Tetsu location will be opening in Metrotown, right next to the MUJI store. Metrotown hours are 10AM to 9PM Monday to Saturday, and 11PM to 7PM on Sundays.
There will be three items available to order when it opens later this month:
Uncle Tetsu’s Cheesecake
A light, fluffy dessert that melts in your mouth.
A delicious baked good that tastes like a short, buttery cupcake.
Uncle Tetsu’s Rusk
A rusk that tastes like a cheesy biscotti more than anything.
Due to an extremely high demand and limited oven capacity, customers are limited to one cheesecake each. They are not available by the slice, and instead can only be bought as a whole 6 inch cake.
However, honey madeleines can be bought in bulk.
A baby or infant counts as one customer, but according to their website, an unborn baby does not. To be able to count as one customer, a patron has to be in the line-up from the start, as well as at the time of purchase.
If you don’t eat the cheesecake right away, it can be stored at room temperature for up to 12 hours. Uncle Tetsu recommends putting them in the fridge, not freezer, which extends their life for up to three days.
Madeleines can stay in room temperature for up to three days.
Cheesecakes are $10 each, and Rusks are $3.54 a piece. Honey Madeleines are $2.21 a piece, and a bag of four is $6.63 (but buy three, and you get one free).
Tax is applied to all items except whole cheesecakes.
Uncle Tetsu accepts credit cards, debit, and cash. They don’t take US dollars.
While lineups vary by the hour, they’re usually 15 to 30 minutes. The best time to go is in the morning when they first open, when the lineups are usually only 5 to 10 minutes.
The lineups are due to a limited oven capacity, which in turn limits the amount of cakes Uncle Tetsu can produce per hour.