I’m a big fan of cheese. and cheesecakes.
so there’s this huge hype over cheesecakes in Osaka and if you’re a foodie like me, you’ve probably heard that Pablo and Rikuro Ojisan (grandpa) are the best in Osaka. these shops often have a long queue outside them but I didn’t stand in line too much as I bought them late since I stayed in Kyoto and I didn’t want to carry the cake everywhere I go. they are really popular in Osaka and each time I pass by their shops I feel like buying another one. D=!
BUT the thing is, you gotta buy the whole cake. which.. isn’t too big. but certainly not for one..
I could only have two slices at one time (out of 8). so we left the rest of it at the refrigerator.
we first tried out Pablo as the advertisement of it drives me gaga. and at 780yen I’d say it’s a steal. I mean, even a slice of cake at Hongdae at a nice place would cost you around 600yen.
I mean. look at this. you can have it raw or.. a little raw or something. we opted for the raw but the weather was cold by the time I reached Kyoto and sliced the cake, it looks like..
I know, I know, such a huge difference but it was really cold alright. we ate it cold and it tastes like cheese pudding. yum. I wouldn’t call it a cake though because its crust’s some pastry/tart. so I’d like to rename Pablo’s cheesecake to Pablo’s Cheesetart. haha. and we actually put the last piece in the microwave to have it heated but it melted so bad T_T. still edible though. but I personally think that having it chilled is best! mainly because I love pudding ahhahaha.
after a few days, we bought Rikuro Ojisan’s cheesecake. I think you’re supposed to eat it warm. but it tastes good both warm and cold. when you buy it at the shop, they’ll give you a piece of warm, fluffy, fragrant Rikuro cheesecake ^^. which was awesome. =D. even better thing is, this cheesecake costs under 600yen!
I personally preferred Rikuro’s cheesecake as it is WAYYY lighter and fluffier. I can eat half of this cake without feeling sick of it. but one thing I didn’t like so much about this cake is the raisins. I mean, I love eating raisins. but I didn’t think that it went so well with the cheesecake. my Japanese friend on the other hand, loved it. I would be happier if it was chocolate chips. =S. I guess it’s just a personal thing. but overall, yummy cheesecake. I wouldn’t say it is very special or anything but it is definitely delicious. I guess simplicity’s the best. I heated it for like 10 seconds and it came out hot and yummy! =D.
verdict : try both if you have the chance. but if you can only have one, I’d say go for Rikuro’s. =D. I don’t exactly know where can you buy these cheesecakes but you’ll stumble across them as they are pretty much everywhere in Osaka. bought mine from Namba (Pablo) and Osaka Station (Rikuro).