Henri’s Cheesecake

Kitkat opened a specialty store in Ikebukuro last week, just in time for the Valentine’s day craze .  As expected, a very Japanese thing ensued– everyone fell in line for chocolates!
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There were 3 flavors being sold– the sublime (out of stock already that day), chili and matcha in special packaging.
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But the lines! the lines!

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So we decided not to be lemming-ed into Kitkat’s Chocolatory line. We can visit another time.

Several stalls to their right, we saw Henri Charpentier’s cake display.  They still had stock of the W Gateau au Formage so I convinced DrG to buy so we can compare it with the other double cheesecakes we’ve tried.
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See the gold specks?

They use crushed sable for the crumbly  crust which contrasts with the light cream cheese and mascarpone center.  I thought the maple syrup will just make this already sweet cheesecake cloyingly so, but the maple melded the different layers and gave the cheesecake a unified taste.
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In the absence of Letao cheesecakes, Henri Charpentier’s would be a good replacement!

Website here.

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