Uncle Tetsu’s Angel Cafe; Toronto’s First Maid Cafe!

Uncle Tetsu’s Angel Cafe…

Tucked away in the heart of the Toronto is a huge Otaku secret. In their efforts to expand and introduce Toronto to Japanese food culture, the famous Uncle Tetsu’s Cheesecake cafe has opened up a maid cafe.

Maid cafes are a prominent and reoccuring theme in Japanese anime and otaku culture, and can famously be found in areas of Tokyo such as Akihabara. Maid cafes combine elements of anime, and cosplay culture – it is often a small, brightly lit, and pastel coloured cafe. Customers are greeted with a hearty “Irasshaimase!” or welcome! Girls in maid uniforms (think more cute and reserved than kinky/sexy) serve desserts such as cakes, parfaits, and teas to visitors, as well as perform dances at set times.

Mle and I decided to visit Uncle Tetsu’s Angel Cafe! Here’s what we discovered…

Uncle Tetsu’s Angel Cafe is hard to miss – it’s located a block from St Patrick Subway Station, near Dundas Street and University Ave. There is a large pink sign, and when you look through the window you’ll see bakers creating delicious ‘Angel cheesecakes! The actual restaurant is on the second floor…
We arrive at about 2PM on a Wednesday, and the cafe was quite empty! There were only two other booths that were filled… I was quite surprised because I heard that this place sometimes has a line to get in. I’d recommend going early afternoon on a weekday to avoid the rush. We were greeted by brightly lit, pink room full of decor, sofas, and a small stage.
A maid led us to a side table and presented us with a menu that was composed of parfaits, cheesecakes, pastries, teas, and coffees. These were quite reasonably priced – around  the same as Starbucks, but about a million times cuter! Mle and I both ordered strawberry parfaits. They were sweet, creamy, and moussey – I highly recommend them! We also ordered London Fogs (creamy earl grey tea,) which arrived in large mugs. Everything was super insta-worthy! 😉
Jpop songs and anime OPs and EDs played in the background… it made me feel really nostalgic for my high school weeaboo days! Haha. The maids were dressed in very cute outfits – there were even some male staff dressed as butlers.

My new phone case from Redbubble! It’s got a Kiki’s Delivery Service theme – super cute! I’ll be doing a giveaway with Redbubble soon so keep your eyes peeled.

Overall, we had such a pleasant experience at the maid cafe. During the time at the cafe, we noticed a big mix of people – mostly teens and people in their early 20s, but also adults in their thirties and older! At one point, two older guys sat next to us and cracked weird jokes to us – after they left, a lady and a man sat down and had a real estate meeting? Quite a diverse group of people, which is great because I think everyday passerby’s would see the maids and think the cafe was some type of kinky place.

We read that the maids performed jpop dances on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays, however we waited around for about two hours but there were no performances! We later discovered that performances happen at 6:30PM and 8:30PM.

If you ever happen to have free time around central Toronto, definitely check out the maid cafe!

 

Uncle Tetsu’s Maid Cafe – Address: 191 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5G 1C7
Phone: (416) 591-0555
Website: https://www.facebook.com/angelcafetoronto

Have you ever been to a maid cafe? Does your city have a Japanese food scene? You can check out the experience in the vlog we filmed – enjoy! 🙂

 

 
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