I’ve been seeing a growing number of people carrying these iconic bags around Sydney, featuring a quirky cartoon of a Japanese man looking very pleased with himself. If you’ve ever been in close proximity of one of these bags, you will notice the warm, sweet aroma emanating from these bags. Having piqued my curiosity (and appetite), I set out to jump on the bandwagon (read: train) and get some baked goodies for us to try out!
I’ve read about the insane queues that the shop is famous for, with reasons cited as limited oven capacity and a purchase limit of one cheesecake per customer. You can imagine the surprise in finding the shop serving only a few customers. The staff were very friendly and efficient in explaining the menu and preparing the order. I was in and out of the shop in less than 2 minutes!
Curiously, our signature cheesecake lacked the usual Uncle Tetsu’s stamp on top of the cake. Despite this, what we found was a perfectly light and fluffy textured Japanese cake. This cheesecake lacks the biscuit base that its western counterparts.
Uncle Tetsu’s offers it to you either cold or warm. When this cake is served cold, the texture is similar to a smooth, soft cheese with a light egg flavour. When it is served warm, the texture changes to be much more solid and the egg flavour really stood out. Both were really good but as a matter of personal preference, we preferred the cake cold.
The madeleines came in a box of four and are basically buttery cupcakes (oh, so buttery). These cakes are best enjoyed warm and pair really well with tea due to their fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth texture. They were very easy to eat, peeling away easily from the paper and holding their shape well. What a nice afternoon treat!
We found these cakes were a delight to eat! The flavours were light and well-balanced however, given the price tag, I’m happy to keep them a rare delight.
Payment: Cash only (plenty of ATMs available in the area).