Restaurant Reviews

Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake


After months and months, we finally decided to wait in line at Uncle Tetsu’s for their famous Japanese cheesecake. Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake is the latest craze in downtown Toronto and it is located just minutes from Ryerson University on Bay and Dundas. There is always, and we mean always, a long line up outside the shop. Typical wait time is about 1.5-2 hours. We were lucky to get our goodies in about 45 minutes.


When we were finally inside the store, we looked around in amazement. There were numerous staff members working diligently at producing the desserts. The staff and the service definitely lived up to the gold standard of the Japanese work ethic that most of us are aware of.

Currently, the Toronto location only sells the plain cheesecake ($10 including tax) and the Madelines (4 for $7). The Madelines are basically vanilla/honey cupcakes without frosting. They are buttery, soft and have a hint of honey flavour. These were good but not outstanding. We thought they were a bit overpriced.


The main attraction, the cheesecake, can be eaten warm (i.e. fresh out of the oven) or cold. When we tried it warm it was spongy and had mousse-like texture, that was not really to our liking. A bit disappointed, we put the cake in the fridge and tried it again after a few hours. The texture was more firm and at this point, it was very light and fluffy and we enjoyed it this time around. It is not comparable to the regular cheesecake you may be used to. It is not as sweet, or as rich as the New York style cheesecake.


So was it worth the wait? We think so. It is something that we think people should try at least once.

Have you tried Uncle Tetsu’s Cheesecake yet? If so, let us know if you liked it or not.



  1. Craving cheesecake

    June 26, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    This definitely does not taste like a classic cheesecake. The texture is entirely different and it has a pudding like feel when eating it fresh and warm.

    • HFE

      June 27, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      You’re right. It tastes like pudding when eating it warm.

  2. Saraswati

    July 29, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Hi, do you have any idea, if shiseido cheesecake halal or not? Thanks 🙂

    • HFE

      August 1, 2015 at 2:27 am

      No idea, sorry.

  3. Hummad Shariff

    April 7, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    @HFE you guy tried it though didnt you ? and you dont know if its Halal or not ? but still tried it ? hmmmmmmmm weird isnt it …

    • HFE

      April 7, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      We believe you are referring to the comment above, in which case the person asked about “shiseido cheesecake” and not the cheesecake that we tried. Our reply was regarding the shiseido cheesecake and you may have taken it out of context.

  4. Hummad Shariff

    April 7, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    @HFE apologies regretted …. well can you tell us a little about the cheesecake at Uncle Tetsus’s Shop is that Halal or not ?

    • HFE

      April 7, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      Since you’re assuming it could be haram, mind sharing what you think may be haram in it?

  5. Ali

    June 16, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    From their FB page:
    all our products are baked with raw ingredient such as:
    1. Milk
    2. Sugar
    3. Butter
    4. Cream-Cheese
    5. Milk

    All the supplier we used have halal certificates, however, we are still in the progress in applying for an Halal certs. 🙂 Cheers!

    • mK

      July 1, 2016 at 9:18 am

      Hi Ali,
      I read the same post in July 2015…. and now is July 2016… still applying i guess?

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