By now, you or someone you know has already tried Uncle Tetsu’s fresh cheesecake and formulated an opinion about it on Instagram, Twitter or blog. Was it worth the two hour wait time? Maybe it WAS amazing, but you do NOT have the patience to line up for it. No more lines just for a cheesecake!! We’re here to tell you the way to get a Japanese cheesecake lineup free:)
Do not let the Uncle’s cuteness and charm fool you, he is a smooth operator. The store has been opened almost three months now, and the line ups are still two hours long. Why? Mainly because they have a schedule to give the illusion of an always busy storefront. According to interviews with the Uncle himself, he says he can only make twelve cheesecakes every 45 minutes, and they must be inspected for quality before it reaches you. So what this means is there will always be a line up, not solely because of the hype, but because Uncle intentionally creates one through a slow supply.
What People Are Saying
Reviews have been interesting because half claim it tastes incredible coming right off the oven (duh), but the other half claim it tastes even more incredible when it has been sitting in the fridge for a few hours. They say the texture is more dense and the cream cheese is much more prominent after the cool down.
History of Japanese Cheesecake in Toronto
Here’s where the game changes: Uncle Tetsu is NOT the only place where you can purchase a fluffy, slightly cheesy Japanese cheesecake in Toronto. In-fact, they’ve been around for quite some time now! Of course, they’re not served freshly baked and hot like Uncle Tetsu, but not everyone can gobble down a cheesecake in one sitting, some of it HAS to go in the fridge.
Skip the lineup and go here:
1. Bakery Nakamura: 3160 Avenue Steeles E, Markham.
This bakery claims to be the first Japanese bakery in Toronto. Conveniently located across the border between Toronto and Markham. Like Uncle Tetsu, everything is made from scratch everyday in an open-kitchen concept that lets everyone see whether or not hairnets are worn during the creation. They have a range of different cakes available, and the Japanese cheesecake is one. So what you’re asking? I’m pretty sure it takes less time to commute to Markham than it does to line up at Uncle Tetsu. This bakery has been around since 1993, they must be doing something right.
2. T&T Supermarket Bakery: All over the GTA.
T&T’s bakery section has a vast variety of Asian baked goods and Japanese Cheesecake is one of them. They might not be as fresh as Uncle Tetsu’s, but when half the reviews online say its better cold, does it make any difference? If you are a true Uncle Tetsu fan, you might be disappointed to know that the Toronto location has a limited selection of flavours. Well, T&T has flavours ranging from taro to green tea! You can also purchase a frozen version of Japanese Cheesecake called Castella. They have locations all over the GTA including downtown in the Port Lands. You can spend time browsing authentic Asian groceries rather than standing in line next time you crave Japanese cheesecake.
3. Ding Dong Bakery and Cafe: 321 Spadina Ave.
Don’t let the dingy exterior and interior of this bakery throw you off, take a chance and walk inside to immerse yourself in the aroma of delicious baked goods. Don’t get distracted because you are here to get that Cheesecake! You want the full satisfaction of not having to line up, so set the timer on your phone, screenshot it, and upload it on Instagram along with the cheesecake you purchase.
Is fresh cheesecake worthy of two hours of your time? If not, then be the first of your friends to try these alternatives and let everyone know you have better things to do than wait in a lineup! But hey, if all else fails and none of these alternatives satisfy you, make your own, the amount of time it takes to make one yourself will be the same as lining up at Uncle Tetsu.