Introducing one of my favourite, FAVOURITE desserts in the city: the green tea cheesecake from Sushi Time on Queen St. West! That’s right, folks. This cheesecake is not from a bakery, patisserie, or cake boutique. It’s from a sushi bar. And it is one of the most delightful things that has ever done the sexy rumba with my tastebuds. As I am writing this, I feel kind of giddy and silly because I feel like one of the Food Network stars on an episode of Best Thing I Ever Ate, divulging about one of my favourite foods and where everyone can get it!
If you’re a Food Network lover like I am, you know how fantastical this show is and how it makes you so ridiculously hungry while you’re watching it. I’ve had to walk out of the room on several occasions because I was watching the show before dinner and it made my stomach rumble and my mouth salivate. It’s that bad. I love the show so much because every episode is devoted to a fun theme: best thing I ever ate spicy, crunchy, fruity, sweet, chocolatey, grilled, meaty, and so on and so forth. I guess if I had to inject this post into a specific themed episode, I’d call the episode, “best thing I ever ate – green tea desserts”! Or maybe just desserts or food made from tea if green tea desserts is too specific a theme. But there it is. My little Food Network daydream.
I’ve mentioned this dessert on the blog before (in this post), but I haven’t done a photo spotlight or posted any photos of it because, well, the first and only photo I had at the time stunk. I’m serious! You can actually see a little bit of it in the scrapbook layout I posted in the link up top. I know my photography over the last two years has improved, but I’m not about to boast about my earlier efforts because in the beginning, I couldn’t take a picture worth a penny. Not everything I do now is the greatest either, but some of the photos I took when I first started out were just plain awful. So here are photos of my beloved dessert that are actually worth posting!
At $3.99, this green tea cheesecake is one of the reasons why I will always come back to Sushi Time. Sushi Time is by no means the least expensive sushi bar in town. It’s not the most expensive either, but let’s just say there are other places in the city that offer more budget-friendly options. Despite this, the green tea cheesecake has me coming back time and time again and it delivers its knockout, heavenly, delicious punch each and every time.
As opposed to some cheesecakes that are a little more on the crumbly side, this one is one of the softest, creamiest cheesecakes you’ll ever enjoy. It has the fabulous graham cracker bottom that everyone loves so much and two different green tea layers that differ slightly in consistency and flavour. The middle layer is darker green in colour, a little thicker in consistency, and a little more concentrated in green tea flavour. The top layer is lighter in colour and also lighter in texture. It’s so fluffy and soft and smooth.
When you run your fork through the cheesecake, it doesn’t catch. It glides straight through and it is truly one of the best light-yet-decadent desserts around. The cheesecake is finished off with a dollop of green tea jelly on top and a dusting of green tea powder. The great thing about it is that it simaltaneously gives you both the richness of tradtional cheesecake and the herbal, slightly bitter flavour of green tea without being overwhleming on either front. It isn’t so rich that it gives you that tingle in your throat and it isn’t so herbal that it takes away from the dessert being an actual sweet ending to a meal.
To my knowledge, Sushi Time is the only sushi place that offers this kind of dessert and on top of its uniqueness and deliciousness, it compels you to shell out the extra several bucks for it. I love mango, red bean, and green tea ice cream as much as the next person, but those are desserts that you can have at a number of places so I always want to find and try the ones that nobody else serves or the ones that are a little more unique. Off the top of my head, I know Ginza has a variety of new desserts on their new menu that I’m dying to try and the rest I’ll just have to find out about as I go along! I’m definitely on a mission to find the best desserts at sushi places around the city and I’m so glad I found out and had this cheesecake for the first time three and a half years ago.
Sushi Time is located at 325 Queen St. West near the corner of John St. and Queen West. Situated between University and Spadina Ave., Sushi Time is on the south side of Queen and are open for business at 12pm, 7 days a week. You can view their menu in PDF form at their temporary website HERE.