Monday, October 27, 2014

Uncle Tetsu's Cheesecake @ 1 Utama & OW:L Espresso @ SS15 Subang

East Asian desserts seem destined for dominion in the weeks ahead; here's a short-&-sweet peek at Uncle Tetsu's Cheesecake in 1 Utama, the first Malaysian outpost of the popular Japanese chain ...

... followed by the independent Korean-owned OW:L Espresso, set to become one of Subang Jaya's coolest new hangouts.

At Uncle Tetsu's, you'll find customers constantly clustered around the counter throughout the day, waiting patiently as timers count down the painful minutes until the next set of orders can be taken & the next batch of cakes will be ready. Uncle Tetsu's upside is also its downside: Cakes are baked to order - they taste soft, warm & fresh but need at least 20 minutes to make.

Consequently, these aren't the most convenient cheesecakes; many patrons - including those in China, Taiwan, Singapore, the Philippines & Thailand - might empathise: We stopped by at 3:05pm & were informed it'd be 25 minutes till our order could even be taken. We couldn't linger, so we came back at 6:30pm, had our order taken immediately & waited 20 minutes for the cake.

But the tale has a happy ending: These cheesecakes - reputedly made with top-flight cream cheese, eggs & milk - are (probably) worth the effort. They're supremely fluffy, almost more of a souffle than cake, with a surprisingly sumptuous, sweet-savoury flavour considering their light texture.

Each 16-centimetre cake costs RM19.90 & can be shared by six people, so it's not especially or excessively expensive.

Next up, OW:L Espresso, a first-floor perch in Menara Rajawali where college students of a feather flock together, right beside Inti International University in SS15 Subang.

Korean 'bingsu' is the star attraction - the renowned Korean shaved ice dessert that's increasingly casting a cold snap over the Klang Valley. OW:L's version is indulgently smooth & well-tuned in flavour. Varieties include Injeolmi with glutinous rice cakes, Milk Fat, Cookies & Cream or Yoghurt & Fruit, but we placed our bet on this unique cross between bingsu & affogato, crowned not only with azuki beans but ice cream, & served with a shot of espresso. RM14 for a 'small' that two can easily share. 

No coffee no cry - OW:L Espresso serves Marley Coffee, founded by the son of Bob Marley.

Ice cream toasts are available, fruity with yuja citrus fruit & berries (RM13); hearty, but a better choice of bread might make this more enjoyable.

Uncle Tetsu Cheesecake
LGK-2A, 1 Utama New Wing, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya. Near Best Denki.

Uncle Tetsu Cheesecake
LGK-2A, 1 Utama New Wing, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya. Near Best Denki.

OW:L Espresso
Menara Rajawali, Jalan SS15/8, Subang Jaya. Open daily, 10am-midnight

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29 comments:

  1. Lovely decor, Sean, and I do love cheesecake! However, I must admit that I indulge in it only about twice a year. :)

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    1. Linda: i feel guilty, cos i ate a lot of this cheesecake! :D

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  2. That is a long wait for the cheesecake... and I think cheesecake is one of those things which will taste fine even if its been sitting in the counter for a few hours. Heard a lot about the bingsu at OWL - ooo the ice does look super fine like snow!

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, i think they're trying to emphasise here that customers should eat the cheesecake while it's still warm :) and yeah, the bingsu at ow:l is not as elaborate and ingredient-filled as the ones elsewhere, but it's still got some enjoyable points, heh :)

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    1. Happy walker: glad you enjoyed this post

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  4. Ooooo...I love these Japanese baked cheesecakes. First tried it at Cold Storage at Centrepoint, Singapore - Uncle Miki...and it was love at first bite. Saw them selling his at Isetan supermart, Lot 10 once - not sure if it's still available. I sure would want to try this one.

    We have one place here that makes good ones and it is ok to have it chilled - I like it even more with whipped cream. Not very cheap though, maybe even more expensive than Uncle Tetsu's, RM19.90...or around the same. :(

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    1. Suituapui: ooo, hope you get to satisfy your japanese cheesecake cravings soon! :D

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  5. Jap cottony soft cheesecake...one can never get enuff of it! =)

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    1. Ulric: the next time you're at 1U and you have some time to spare, you know where to get some! :)

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  6. Warm cheesecake will be an interesting twist to my dessert tasting experience.

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    1. The Yum List: i think you'll enjoy it ... it's quite good :)

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  7. Hahah was gonna head over to 1U today to try the cheesecake!

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    1. Rebecca: hope you enjoy the cheesecake! :D

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  8. Uncle Tetsu Cheesecake actually started in Klang for some time in half a shoplot before deciding to open in 1Utama. I love the moist and smooth texture too!

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    1. JKDrooling: yeah, i guess they're starting afresh and branding this as the first uncle tetsu outlet ... or maybe more accurately, the first long-term uncle tetsu outlet. glad you like their cheesecakes! :D

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  9. That's a steal at rm19.9! I've seen some selling at more than 1,000 yen (Rm 31+) each at Tokyo! Would love to try these someday :D

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    1. Ken: ya, i think the cheesecakes here are very fairly priced, especially since they're large and meant to be shared and taste good :)

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  10. The cheesecake looks nice! Hmm but have to wait ah, let me think think..... :P

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    1. CK: heheh, ya, we need someone to help collect the cake for us :D

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  11. I like both of your recommendations! The cheese cake looks so fluffy and the bingsu looks utterly delectable! Btw, is the shaved ice flavoured?

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    1. Choi Yen: glad you like these choices! and yup, the shaved ice has a milky flavour :)

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  12. The Korean Bingsu looks nice!! The ice look very smooth.

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    1. Melissa: yeah, that was a good bingsu, very pleasant to eat :)

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  13. Hi Sean, thanks for your recommendation! The bingsu at owl espresso is out of my expectation. It is even better than what I had in Seoul!

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    1. Yvonne: thanks so much for your feedback I appreciate it, and am glad you love the bingsu at owl! :D

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  14. Uncle Tetsu come from Taiwan,
    It's fake Japanese brand, haha

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    1. 十六: uncle tetsu's founders say the cafe originated in a bakery in fukuoka, but maybe you're confused because the first overseas branch was in taiwan :) http://www.uncletetsu.com.my/?page=our-story

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    2. this is real http://www.rikuro.co.jp/

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