LeTAO Sydney

Japan's viral cheesecake brand is dishing up decadent desserts from a sleek Sydney store situated in the Regent Place dining precinct.
Nishika Sharma
January 09, 2024

Overview

Attention all cheesecake lovers: you need to add this Japanese dessert spot to your must-try list. Japan's most viral cheesecake brand, LeTAO, is dishing its decadent desserts from a sleek Sydney store inside the Regent Place precinct.

Residing alongside the likes of Uncle Testu, Tenkomori and Dopa Donburi and Milkbar, the flagship store celebrates Japanese ingredients and scenery through desserts created with an ethos of blending nostalgia with modernism. LeTAO achieves this by creating cheesecakes that are reminiscent of the classics but draw inspiration from Japan's gorgeous natural landscapes, featuring the flavours, texture and presentation of modern dining.

LeTAO's matcha-forward 'matcha double' cheesecake.

This viral dessert brand began slinging its much-loved cheesecakes throughout Japan in 1998 — and the desserts first reached Australian shores in 2022 in Melbourne — before finally hitting up Sydney with its heavily sought-after sweet treats.

The George Street store dons a moody aesthetic with museum-style interiors. Curated by K. Holland architects, LeTAO's stone-grey walls, mirrored ceilings and textured granite benches draw inspiration from Hokkaido's mountains. Inside you'll find a display case containing the famed goods sitting in the centre of the intimate space. Plus, there are dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing its sweet treats to citygoers passing by.

As for the menu, there's a rotating selection of seasonal specials — usually fruit-centric flavours like the Niagra Grape Double — available alongside LeTAO's beloved signature range. Take your pick from six permanent flavours, including the iconic Fromage Double featuring Hokkaido cream, Italian mascarpone and Australian cream cheese, and the indulgent Chocolat Double using 66-percent cacao Spanish chocolate and a chocolate crumb.

Rounding out the selection is an Aussie-exclusive creamy mousse cheesecake. This decadent snow cake is a celebratory dessert curated to reflect the Japanese snow and launched in honour of the flagship Sydney store.

And the dessert range does not end there — LeTAO also offers a jersey milk swiss roll, chocolate truffles infused with Darjeeling tea, and cheese and chocolate cookies — all of which can be purchased in-store or online. To top things off, in-store-only items like fresh dairy directly from Hokkaido and the exclusive ice cream sundae and soft serve selection are also on offer.

LeTAO's chocolate/cheese biscuits..

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