Guschlbauer has opened its first store in North America right here in Toronto, selling their famous quarter cheese buns along with cream puffs and inventive drinks.
The first stores were in Austria with origins all the way back to 1919, but then Asia hooked onto the trend, indulging in a fascination with Western-style bread and cheese that's taken these ingredients to fantastic new heights. Currently there are also stores in Korea and Hong Kong.
There isn’t much space in here, but it’s not that needed: this place is probably best treated as a takeout pastry shop or bakery.
Buns are handmade with cream cheese from Australia and New Zealand, and take hours to complete in full. They're sliced twice in the middle and stuffed with oozing melted cream cheese.
Core flavours include original, strawberry, and mango ($5.90).
The original basically tastes like your grandma’s fresh dinner rolls supersized and stuffed with a cheesecake-y mixture and coated whole with milk powder.
The mango kicks it up a notch with a slightly unexpected flavour combo that adds bright fruity mango chunks to the rich cheese. The strawberry flavour is slightly more expected, kind of like the blended strawberry Philadelphia in tubs.
They also have chocolate and sweet potato flavours ($6.50), adding a little extra flavour and colour into the dough as well as the cream cheese. Chocolate bun dough is mixed with cocoa, and sweet potato buns are darkened with a little vegetable carbon powder.
Cream puffs ($1.95) are stuffed with the same melted cream cheese mixture in plain, chocolate, matcha, and lychee flavours.
The Lavender Fields ($4.20) is a sweet layered drink made with a base of fresh peach topped with yogurt drink, finished off with colourful butterfly pea flower tea.
The Oceanside Blue ($4.20) is essentially the same concoction with a slightly different colouring to the tea and pineapple instead of peach for the base.
They also make cold brew teas ($5.20) that have been infused with fruit for eight hours, with options like oolong infused with grape and watermelon or jasmine green tea infused with mango and strawberry.
They’re a slightly less sweet offering that cuts through the other items you’re likely to order.
Fresh batches of buns come out every hour, so you know each airy and somehow dense quarter cheese bun is sure to taste as excellent as possible. Wrap your mouth around this global food trend, if you can open your jaw wide enough.