Osaka Cheese Tart specialists, Pablo, is huge in Japan for its signature sweet, gooey-centered cheese tarts. There are heaps of videos of the cheese oozing out when one cuts in to it. Aside from the original flavour with an apricot glaze, there is a variety of flavours including seasonal ones like Mont Blanc and they all look equally delicious. Us girls had to get one. First attempt, we tried to find the shop at the Shibuya branch but found it boarded up. Second time we tried again at their Harajuku branch. At 4pm, there was a painfully long queue but that did not hinder us. In the cold temperature we queued up. While queuing we saw a poster advertising their new Mini Cheese Tarts. Unlike their signature tarts, the mini ones were not topped with an Apricot glaze and the tart shells were thicker. We just had a filling lunch so we decided to get the small ones in both flavours: plain cheese and chocolate. Woah!!! The chocolate mini tarts were so freaking good. We all agreed it was definitely worth the half hour queue in the cold!
After ordering, in true Japanese detail-oriented style, the tarts were served in a custom-made box with two tiers. The box held six tarts perfectly. We found a table in the warm two floor cafe and sat down to enjoy.
I grabbed the chocolate first. The warm tart fit perfectly into my hand – how easy to eat!
Upon taking the first bite, I cried out “OMG”! The thick fudgy chocolate filling was literally oozing out! It tasted EXACTLY like a Chocolate Lava Cake.
We could not get enough. Plus there was surprisingly no hint of cheesiness – I loved it! Plus the tart shell was thick, crisp, buttery and tasted EXACTLY like a Walker’s Shortbread Biscuit. L.O.V.E. I am still dreaming of this tart and Tokyo.
The original flavor was good too without an overwhelming cheese flavor.
But the chocolate got me. I like my flavours rich and bold and this tart was just that. Seeing pictures of this tart makes me miss Tokyo even more.
Address: 1-14-21 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 10am-9pm (last orders 8pm)
Transport: Harajuku Station (Yamanote line); Meiji-Jingumae Station (Chiyoda, Fukutoshin