What happens when American cheesecake meets French soufflé? I imagine the baby would be something like Japanese cheesecake, specifically from Uncle Tetsu. Lucky for us living in LA, Uncle Tetsu has graced Arcadia with a store. The store is actually in Arcadia, my hometown, which isn’t technically Los Angeles but 45 minutes east of it. Even luckier for me, I am very close to it when I visit my parents.
We had to wait about 35 minutes for a cheesecake, but I hear the line can be 1 – 2 hours. The reason is because they can only make 13 cheesecakes at a time and there is always more than 13 people wanting to buy a cheesecake. They also limit one cheesecake per customer, for equality’s sake. No greedy people making out with 10 cheesecakes and causing everyone else to wait an extra hour. The question is, is it worth the wait?
No, not really. 35 minutes was already pushing it, but I definitely wouldn’t wait longer than that. Or wait 35 minutes ever again. Is it good? Yes. It’s like eating a fluffy cloud that is subtly sweet and subtly tastes like cheese. You’ll feel like you can eat half the cake in one setting, but don’t. You start to feel it sitting heavily in your stomach if you give it 20 minutes.
So, go try it when you have the day off and can go during an odd hour. Or, if you have hookups with Uncle Tetsu folks that can set the cake aside for you.