Japanese-style cheesecake has arrived in Adelaide with the opening of Mr. Cheese, a new dessert shop on Hindley Street.
Japanese-style cheesecake is light and airy – similar to a souffle – and typically less sweet than Western-style cheesecakes. It is quickly gaining popularity in Australia; Mr. Cheese is opening on the heels of cult Japanese chain Uncle Tetsu’s arriving in Melbourne.
Head baker at Mr. Cheese Oliver Wu is no stranger to dessert making. In Taiwan, he headed renowned bakery-cafe 85°C and later became the head pastry chef for Michelin-recommended restaurant De Loin. After visiting Adelaide he fell in love with it and now calls the city home. But he despaired at Adelaide’s lack of Japanese cheesecake shops – so he opened his own.
Wu recommends the original cheesecake, Valrhona chocolate cheesecake (French chocolate made purely from cocoa beans) and mango cheesecake. “We use fresh mango, so it’s really refreshing – the best flavour for summertime,” Wu says.
Like Uncle Tetsu’s, the tops of the cakes are branded – in this case with the Mr Cheese logo.
Also on the menu are strawberry and matcha cheesecakes (“Matcha brings a rounded sweetness and a pleasant bitterness to the cake, giving it a velvety texture,” says Wu); a range of cheese tarts, similar to those at popular dessert chain Hokkaido; and egg tarts (ice or original).
The ice egg tart, Wu says, is unique to his store: “It’s served cold and is creamier than a normal egg tart. No one else in Adelaide does it.”
Wu has long-term goals for the Mr. Cheese brand. “In the future we want to open more shops and expand interstate,” he says. “But for now we want to focus on Adelaide and make sure we offer the best desserts and service possible.”