Cheese Garden is Toronto’s very own, local source for Japanese desserts.
While chains like Uncle Tetsu and Pablo’s Cheese Tart rush to satisfy Canadian appetites for cheese-based desserts, Cheese Garden distinguishes itself by offering an expanded menu where spongy cheesecakes, tarts, and tiramisu-inspired desserts are all available under one roof.
Inspired by a trip to Japan, owner and chef Ruka studied and sampled the work of Japanese patissiers before opening her own dessert shop in Toronto.
From an address in the Yonge and Finch area (and a second location already in the works), the cute little cafe boasts a handful of tables in a well-lit room (making it perfect for Instagram photos) and is filled with seductive aromas of, none else than, cheesecake.
Inside, a chalkboard menu lists signature dessert options such as Japanese Cheesecake, Baked Cheese Tart, and frozen Double Fromage Cheesecakes – though the options don’t end there.
Uji Matcha Tiramisu is among the newest offerings released in time for the cafe’s one-year anniversary. Dusted with matcha, this sweet treat features a soft cake base piled with a rich cream layer.
Traditionalists will find classic Japanese Cheesecakes ($10) that are light, fluffy and only slightly sweet, while the Double Fromage Cheesecake is an exclusive offering at Cheese Garden, and is a more indulgent option which involves an eight-hour process resulting in a frozen treat similar to ice cream cake and available in original, and matcha flavours, as well as a soon-to-debut chocolate version.
Five-inch Baked Cheese Tarts ($8.75) are on the menu too. These are big enough to share though the runny molten centre offers the perfect excuse to keep it all to yourself).
Finally, to wash down all these sweet treats, Cheese Garden offers a wide selection of delicious drinks including takes on familiar coffees like a Latte Macchiato ($4.75) as well as more adventurous offerings like the Blended Iced Strawberry Cheesecake ($4.85).
Address: 5291 Yonge Street, North York