Seeing the snake-like queue and an advised waiting time of 45 minutes, the delicious wafts of cheesecake baking was enough to stop me in my tracks. So with all the other foodies and tourists, I waited in line. However, the dulcet sounds of jack-hammering and construction works on George Street wasn't so pleasant.
My first experience of this cake was in Korea and the second in Taiwan. At first bite, the feather light Cheesecake feels like you're eating air, with a melt in your mouth feel. It's claim to fame is being the number one selling Japanese cheesecake from Oyafuko Street Fukuoka Japan, so it does have a rather high reputation to uphold for its Sydney store.
With so many worker bees bustling in the kitchen, the wait in line watching the action wasn't too bad. There were more than a few dedicated Pokémon Go players fervently trying to catch Pokemon as the queue moved along at a good pace.
Once I was in the front line against the window, I could see the large amount of melted butter that went into the batter mixture for the Honey Madeleines at $3.99 each or 4 for $15. Did I tell you the smell from this place was divine! The main event is the cheesecake at $17.99.
Madeleines in the making
Once at the cashier, I found out the madeleines were a 15-minute wait. Rats! It's cash only folks and as the demand is high with a policy of one cheesecake per customer, before you know it, you're in and out in no time.
Holding the fresh out of the oven, warm cheesecake, it takes a lot of self-control not to open it up then and there and have a bite. The cheesecake is round in shape, has a slight wobble and the stamp of Uncle Tetsu on the surface and would easily feed 8 people.
The famous cheesecake
The packaging also comes with a note for eating instructions to either heat for 30 seconds in the microwave for that 'straight out of the oven' feel or to put in the fridge for a more cheesy flavour.
The verdict from my kids and I, Uncle Tetsu's cheesecake is delicate and subtle in sweetness. It passed the test for the kids, as they asked for seconds. They even asked for more the next day, but I may have eaten it all by that stage.
I did keep a small amount in the fridge overnight and found having it cold gives the cheesecake a more firmer texture and cheese-like taste. I actually preferred the cold cheesecake.