Five spots to get your Japanese dessert fix. By Karen Kwan.
Japanese-style desserts are the hottest thing since cronuts, with locals and visitors alike lining up for steamed cheesecakes, matcha soft serve… and so much more! Want to indulge your sweet tooth in Toronto-meets-Tokyo style? Here are 5 spots we’re sweet on.
For Japanese roll cake, stroll over to Old Town’s Neo Coffee Bar (161 Frederick Street, Unit 100), which specializes in this spongy dessert. Matcha & Aduki is offered year-round, while local fruit makes seasonal appearances, such as in Ichigo Daifuku (which balances the flavours of strawberries, red beans and gyuhi rice cake).
In an unassuming Scarborough strip mall, in the city’s east end, foodies eat every last crumb at Le Café Michi (1802 Pharmacy Avenue), where the cakes—including the light-as-air green tea mousse cake, rave-worthy tofu cheesecake and sumptuous chocolate sake cake—have just the right hint of sweetness.
In the heart of downtown Toronto, Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake (598 Bay Street) serves up melt-in-your-mouth fluffy cheesecake (its matcha counterpart, which incorporates green tea powder and red beans, is available next door at Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Matcha Café). It’s what gets gourmands salivating.
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