It’s hard not to like The Cheesecake Factory. Everything about this hugely popular US franchise screams comfort food decadence, from its XXL sized, gazillion calorie portions to its all-American menu. This MOE branch was the first to open in Dubai. I think there are now four, all huge by anyone’s standards. Ideally located with a view of the Ski Dubai slope, The Cheesecake Factory in the UAE is an altogether more upmarket proposition than what you find in the US. And the food is better. Funny, I don’t feel that way about Denny’s or IHOP here, just The Cheesecake Factory. Interesting that the Alshaya pixie dust worked on one but not the other (both The Cheesecake Factory and IHOP are handled by the Kuwaiti F&B giants).
The Cheesecake Factory menu is extensive and has something for everyone. I love the Chinese Chicken Salad, which gets its name from its sweet and tangy plum sauce. It’s good to have as a main. Their burgers are good and reasonably sized, not like the crazy huge ones at Applebee’s. When our kids were younger, they loved their pasta section, the Fettuccine Alfredo and Spaghetti & Meatballs their favourites. My wife usually orders from their SkinnyLicious section kidding herself that they have less calories. I find the breakfast they serve on Friday and Saturdays as good as anything at IHOP, the omelettes and breakfast burrito (served everyday) are simply amazing. But my very favourite thing to have at The Cheesecake Factory are their Fish Tacos.
Service at The Cheesecake Factory is typically American have-a-nice-day friendly and accommodating. Their wait staff really are very well trained and seem motivated and happy. My family and I don’t go to The Cheesecake Factory too often anymore and that’s because I have no control over their deliriously delicious cheesecakes. All the pains and care I take to keep my blood sugar in check evaporates at the first sight of their cake display at the entrance. Although I am not a big fan of this type of restaurant, I’ll admit that I have a soft spot for The Cheesecake Factory. Worth a visit…and a revisit.
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