The popular Japanese cheesecake shop, Uncle Tetsu, opened its outlet in Lahore at the end of March this year. Since, then it had been receiving both good and bad reviews. Some liked their juggly cotton cheesecake while others found those not sweet enough to satisfy their sweet tooth. It obviously increased its popularity.
Uncle Tetsu was first launched in Japan in 1990. Now, it has more than 100 branches all over the world. It is famous for its signature Japanese cheesecake which is very different than American cheesecake both in taste and texture. While the American one is creamy and comes in different flavors, it is a little denser, airier and fluffy.
The newly opened Lahore branch has a pretty good setup enough to accommodate 20-40 persons at a time. As we entered, we could feel the aroma of fresh beans mixed with the cakes being baked in the oven. We headed to the counter which is a spacious area covering the baking portion, cash counter, and beverages section.
The menu is simple offering Uncle Tetsu’s signature cheesecake, cheese sticks, honey cupcakes and a variety of tea and coffee. As my friend moved to their counter to order for two of us, I made my way to a Filipino girl standing in the middle of the hall looking around. I said hello to her and introduced myself. To my expectations, she was an employee – working there as operations manager. I asked her about the experience of living in Pakistan. She looked pretty satisfied. She had been living in Pakistan for a year and it was her second job. Earlier, she was working with Chinese restaurant PF Chang. Meanwhile, my friend came to us and told that the order will take 45 minutes to serve. That was a little too much for both of us. The lady immediately intervened and cleared that the cakes will take maximum 20 minutes.
Thanking her, we started looking for the appropriate place to sit and enjoy our first ever Japanese cheesecake together. We decided to sit on the first floor which gives a look into the baking area too. We could see them making cheesecake mixture and brewing coffee. After twenty minutes, a batch of twelve beautiful cakes was out of the oven. All these cakes were placed on a shelf waiting to be imposed with the logo. In the next two minutes, we had our cake and tea on our table.
The cake barely weighs one pound. It is so airy and light that even one person can eat it in one go without feeling a thing. We were two so, had to share with each other. Slicing this cake could be a real job due to its tenderness. We made things easier for us. We grabbed our forks and shoved into it. The moment I put it into my mouth, it vanished leaving a slight eggy texture on my palate. The sweetness was just right on the point – not too extra and not too light, just perfect. We finished the cake in ten minutes and we were not regretting a thing for it.
This cheesecake cost us little over Rs 1000 making it a little pricey but that is what happening all over in Imran Khan’s Naya Pakistan so bear with it. An addition of coffee or tea can rise your bill to Rs 2000 for two persons. Still, it is a place you would like to go every three to four months. It will be a little heavier on pocket but lighter on heart.