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Uncle Tetsu’s Unionville - Sakura Cheesecake

Earlier last week, I had the pleasure of going to the Uncle Tetsu’s Unionville in Markham to try their new Sakura Cheesecake. Unlike the fluffy baked cheesecakes that they are known for, this new one is a no-bake cheesecake. It is also exclusive to the Unionville location, and it is highly recommended that you pre-order in advance due to the craftsmanship that goes into baking them.



This was my first time at their Unionville location, but I have been to the downtown one on several occasions. All of the storefronts in Unionville are modeled as historic village houses, and the Uncle Tetsu’s Unionville's location is no different. It's a cute looking home with very minimal space inside (quite cramp when it's super busy). I went on a Friday evening, and it was busy, so everyone was kind of shoved into a little corner while waiting for their cheesecakes. 



The Japanese-Style No Bake Cheesecakes are available in two different flavours, Sakura and Yuzu. The smaller version was $8, while the large was $35. The larger size may be a little pricey, but it would be a great cake to order for a special occasion to share (like birthdays, bridal shower, Valentine's Day, etc ...).

 The Sakura No Bake Cheesecake was beautifully decorated with cherry blossom petals, gold leaf, and glazed with gelatin jelly. The pink layer was creamy, and has a similar texture to a mousse cake. The cheese flavor was light, and the cherry blossom petals added the aroma to the cake.

Sign up today (FREE) to the Toronto Gourmand Club (link is here) for a 20% off coupon that you can use for the Uncle Tetsu’s Unionville’s Sakura Cheesecake. The coupon expires on February 10th, 2017, but there are plenty of upcoming benefits and discounts for members. 




I was also able to sample the Yuzu Cheesecake as well. The light cheesecake was flavored with Japanese yuzu, and had a nice strong citrus flavor. However, I do like the Sakura Cheesecake a lot more over the Yuzu one. 





Address: 158 Main St Unionville, Unionville, ON L3R 2G9

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Tsujiri Toronto

Tsujiri is a renowned green tea brand that is known throughout Asia for their matcha-based drinks and desserts. The company was first established in 1860 by Riemon Tsuji in Uji, Kyoto, who pioneered the improvement of the tea industry by using a method that enhanced the flavor of the tea. Tsuji’s method and philosophy still remain true today as the company prides themselves in offering the best quality green tea to their customers.


Tsujiri Toronto's first North American outpost opened earlier this week near Bay and Dundas amid much fanfare. This is their first foray into a market outside Asia, but they are planning on expanding to other cities in North America in the future. I had the pleasure of getting a sneak peek of some of the products that Tsujiri Toronto has to offer a day before its soft opening, and got the chance to chat with one of the managers, Tylor Shek. The first Toronto location is at 147 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON, which is right in the heart of downtown. The shop primarily serves as a take-out area, as it is small with only a few high seat tables, and a traditional tatami room in the back of the shop. The tatami was contracted and built by a Japanese company in Vancouver, and is reminiscent of the space in Kyoto.


Tsujiri Toronto's menu is extensive, as there is a great variety of matcha-oriented desserts, hot and cold beverages, and pastries. According to Tylor, Tsujiri Toronto stays true to its Kyoto outpost, as their ingredients are sourced directly from Japan. This way, they maintain the standard consistency that the Tsujiri brand is known for. The menu is definitely on a higher price point, but they do make up for it by producing higher quality products.

(menu courtesy of http://tsujiri-global.com/)
We started off with a demonstration on how the O-Matcha drink is made in-store by one of the staff members. 



I started off with the O-Macha (traditional green tea), and chose the hot version. Note that there is a 3-degree (matcha) scale at Tsujiri Toronto (mild, medium, and strong) indicated by the number of leaf icons, and this drink is listed as a 3. If you're new to matcha, then I wouldn't recommend this drink as it has a very strong bitter taste to it. I would probably start light with one of the matcha lattes. Speaking of leaves, the founder discovered a way to transport tea by inventing a tea cabinet that keeps them fresh longer. This resulted in the revive of the popularity of Uji tea, and made the company what it is today. 

3-degree (matcha) scale at Tsujiri
The O-Matcha Black Sesame Latte is part of their hot drinks series, and is well-crafted. The matcha and black sesame blended nicely with one another, without one being overpowering over the other. Compared to other large chains that also offer matcha lattes, the one at Tsujiri isn't too sweet.



For me, the highlight of the evening was the Tsujiri Sundae, as I loved how well the ingredients are layered with one another. The contrasting texture was most welcomed with the layering of the matcha soft serve, brown rice cracker, red bean paste, mochi, and topped off with a sakura cookie. The matcha and red bean flavors seem the most dominant of all, but the crunch of the cracker adds to the texture.


I enjoyed the sundae, but the Tsujiri Soft Serve on its own is sure to be a crowd pleaser. The soft serve comes in three flavors; matcha, vanilla or mix (cone or cup). I opted for their matcha cone, and found it to be rich, full of matcha flavor, and wasn't overly sweet. It should be noted that it had a nice thick consistency, as it wasn't watered down.


The Tsujiri Float is their variation of an ice-cream float with matcha ice blend topped off with soft serve. Perfect for a warm summer day!


The Houjicha Latte consists of a vibrant tea blend that has a nice subtle roasted flavor.



 Tsujiri Latte (cold)


Tsujiri Shaved Ice


Uji Kintoki


Yuzu O-Matcha


Chiffon Cake Sundae


Additionally, they also have drinks made exclusively for the Toronto location with the infusion of matcha and maple syrup into their hot drink series (not pictured). 

Tsujiri Toronto is a wonderful addition to the Yonge/Dundas area where there has been several Japanese businesses as of late. They have an extensive list of matcha items on their menu, and I truly believe there's something for everyone here (especially those who have sweet tooths). As a fan of matcha and Japanese culture, I am excited to return to Tsujiri again when I am in the area next. Thank you to the management team and staff at Tsujiri Toronto for the invitation and warm hospitality.



Address: 147 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5G 1P5

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Cacao 70 Distillery

Cacao 70 is a popular chocolate cafe franchise from Montreal. They recently opened in the space that temporarily housed Balzac's Coffee Roasters earlier this November. The timing couldn't have been more perfect as the cafe's launch coincided with the popular annual Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery District during the holiday season. I was invited to Cacao 70 Distillery to try a few items on their menu, and I didn't hesitate, as I have a major sweet tooth. This was actually my dinner that Thursday night (chocolate dinner FTW). Cacao 70 Distillery's space was bright with an open kitchen concept, so you could see the kitchen staff make the chocolate dishes. Open for brunch (weekend), lunch, and dinner; I would say that it's the perfect spot if you love sweets, and chocolates.



While perusing the menu, I realized just how extensive their premium chocolate offering was. They have a great chocolate collection consisting of chocolates from worldwide ($9.75 each) consisting of various cacao content. I opted for the 66% Mexico - complex aromas of subtle taste and with a long lasting taste which reveals warm, woody, spicy and tobacco flavors. Each hot chocolate arrives in a metal mug of regular hot chocolate, and a cognac glass containing the respective premium chocolate, and rimmed with the chocolate as well. You have to mix the liquid content with the melted chocolate to make your preferred hot chocolate mixture.





I started off with the Nutella and Fruit Crêpe ($11) - a thin French crepe with Nutella and fruits (choice of strawberries, bananas or raspberries) drizzled with chocolate sauce. Strawberries, and chocolate hazelnut spread are the perfect combination when it comes to sweet crêpes.




My favorite dessert of the night was the Strawberry and Cheesecake Crêpe ($15.75) - a thin French crepe stuffed with cheesecake and served with fresh strawberries, homemade berry sauce, melted chocolate and chocolate-covered ice cream. This was a perfectly decadent dessert stuffed with pieces of rich and creamy cheesecakes, and it definitely satisfied my chocolate craving.





Besides sweets, Cacao 70 Distillery also offered some savory options such as various crêpes. J ordered the Feel Good About Yourself Pressed Crêpe Sandwich ($14.25) - smoked turkey, mushrooms, tomatoes and Swiss cheese served with a green salad, which was a surprisingly light dish.




He also got a small cup of American Style Hot Chocolate (small is $5.25) - Cacao 70's classic hot chocolate served with marshmallows and drizzled with melted chocolate (choice of milk, semi-sweet, or dark).


We visited during their opening week, and noticed that there was an issue of the cafe being understaffed. Due to the media exposure, and The Toronto Christmas Market, they had a consistent amount of customers coming into the cafe to dine. This issue was relayed, and I was told at the time that they were working on getting more staff. I am assuming that by now that the issue has been resolved, and the service is more steady. It didn't completely ruin my dining experience, as I found the desserts to be quite delicious. Although, Cacao 70 Distillery specializes in chocolate-based desserts, they do have their fair share of savory options, and a full brunch menu until 4 pm. Be sure to pop by this chocolate cafe located in the Distillery District if you're craving for some sweets. It's a great place to catch up with some girlfriends, and even date nights.


Address: 28 Gristmill Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

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MoRoCo Chocolat

I had the pleasure of attending a menu tasting at MoRoCo Chocolat to try their afternoon tea service and brunch a couple of weeks ago. MoRoCo Chocolat is a restaurant and chocolate boutique nestled in the affluent Yorkville neighborhood. Established in 2008, the restaurant offers a French inspired menu for lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, desserts and afternoon tea. As you walk into MoRoCo Chocolat, you are greeted by the bright chocolate boutique filled with various pastries, and treats such as hand-crafted chocolate, and macarons; all available to-go.



The interior of the restaurant area of MoRoCo Chocolat is heavily influenced by French decor, as the space is truly reminiscent of a Paris cafe. The subtle yet sophisticated details of the dark walls with the crystal chandeliers and mirrors blend both modern and traditional decor. It's also furnished with purple detailing, and velvet couches. Although, the couch was comfortable, it was unfortunately way too low for my comfort.



Looking through the menu, MoRoCo Chocolat offers an extensive menu of contemporary French bistro fare including two Parisian café staples; the croque monsieur, and croque madame. I had plenty of those two French dishes while in Paris, so I opted for the afternoon tea service instead.

J decided to get start the afternoon off with a warm cup of cappuccino ($7) - served with a macaron. I think it's great that each cup of beverage comes with a macaron on the side.



Missing Paris - I got us a pot of Breakfast in Paris (tea) to share as well - our tea master's version of a traditional breakfast blend. Created with smooth summit level black teas from three top growing regions. A full body with depth and refined balance. The tea was perfectly light, and tasted great with both milk, and sugar.





Next up was my choice of afternoon tea, which I opted for the MoRoCo High Tea ($60), which comes with the following:

Choice of a selection of our tea or sipping chocolate
Choice of truffle mac & cheese or daily quiche
Fresh MoRoCo scones served with devonshire cream, lemon curd, and an assortment of seasonal preservers
A variety of lovely mini pastries

Like most traditional afternoon tea, it's served on a three-tier stand. The first course is from the bottom tier, which consists of four finger sandwiches. If my memory serves me correctly, the sandwiches were cream cheese with cucumber, smoked salmon, avocado/mushroom, and L.T (lettuce/tomato). My favorite was the smoked salmon, as the creamy cream cheese was the perfect complement to the smoked salmon.




The middle tier was fresh MoRoCo scones served with Devonshire cream, lemon curd, and an assortment of seasonal to be used as a spread. It came with two large scones; classic, and chocolate. I really enjoyed the classic scone with the Devonshire cream - completely heavenly. On the other end, the chocolate scone was a little overly sweet for me, but if you love chocolate, then this scone is for you.





Finally, the top tier consisted of sweets including a passionfruit macaron from their front boutique. It was a great end to a lovely afternoon tea with the mister.
 




The afternoon tea also gives you the option to choose one of two savory items available, and I ended up choosing the truffle mac & cheese. The dish consisted of macaroni topped with crispy layers of cheese, truffle, and buttery panko. This was a tasty spin on the comfort food that is mac & cheese. Lastly, there's also a full-size version of this dish on their brunch menu.


J opted out of the afternoon tea, and ordered the Classic Benny ($15) - poached eggs with roasted peameal bacon, topped with hollandaise sauce, and our finest mixed cheese, served on an English muffin, and a side order of sausage ($6) off the brunch menu.

 


 

If you're looking for a place to chat over some tea, and pastries, then look no further. As one of Toronto's leading afternoon tea establishments; MoRoCo Chocolat has that to offer, and more. The staff were knowledgeable, and attentive to details. I wasn't able to finish my mac & cheese, so our server quickly packed it up to go for me, which I appreciated. I was all sugared out that day, but I will definitely be back to MoRoCo Chocolat to get a box of their colorful macarons.


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