After only two years of opening, Cheese Garden has become one of Toronto’s most-coveted specialty dessert shops. Their cheese-centric menu incorporates high quality and authentic flavours from all over Japan, such as Kyoto, Osaka, and Okayama, into their beautifully packaged pastries.
One of their best-sellers, and for good reason, is the Matcha Double Fromage Cake. Its dreamy combination of cream cheese and high quality matcha leaves a melt-in-your-mouth experience. The delicate textures from the matcha-infused sponge cake base and breadcrumb exterior balances out the creaminess. Similarly, the Original Double Fromage Cake incorporates mascarpone as their second layer instead. The double fromage cakes can be served frozen or chilled, to which both are equally satisfying.
The popular Uji Matcha Tiramisu launched after their first year anniversary and is also a multi-layered creation. The base consists of spongey matcha lady fingers soaked in matcha syrup. The top layer has a cream cheese filling, which accentuates the matcha cream taste. Uji matcha is generously dusted on top in bringing together the decadent sweetness of the tiramisu with its pleasant tea-like bitterness.
Cheese Garden’s Baked Cheese Tart, a flaky crust surrounding molten cheese, and Shiroi Valentine Soufflé Cheesecake, a fluffy dessert perfect for white chocolate lovers, are also enticing choices. From the alluring aroma of their pastries baking to the limited- edition seasonal goods, both new-and-returning visitors seek out its memorable flavours for every occasion.
Although their permanent locations are in North York, Markham, and Scarborough, they have a temporary pop-up shop in Downtown Toronto’s Saks Fifth Avenue which is currently open from Thursdays to Saturdays until December 22nd.
Photos by Janey Tso