If you haven’t already heard of the powerhouse that is the Cheesecake factory, you will certainly do so now. This mega brand is expanding their reach globally, with 165 restaurants so far, their new target market is the 852! This foodbaby was lucky enough to be invited to the soft opening of their TST branch this week.
Their menu proudly presents around 200 dishes and remains more or less consistent with their American branches. Unfortunately, I have never had the pleasure of visiting their original US restaurants, however I was informed by my American friends that the décor is almost on par with the original. One thing noted was that this one had a distinct lack of natural lighting with more of a Las Vegas ambiance to it. The dining room is extremely spacious, despite this I would still expect queues as they do not take reservations. Be warned to expect a wait to get in!
Their signature bread basket contained two types; honey wheat brown bread and their classic white bread. Both warm and hearty although of course this cannot be compared to going to an Italian restaurant, you can however ask for more!!
For the starter, we tried their ginormous plate of nachos. Big dollops of sour cream, tomato salsa with plenty of lime zest and guacamole were placed in the middle of the dish which gives easy access to the dips however after a while, the nachos became soggy. Considering how long this dish takes to eat, perhaps it would be better served on the side. Also, their homemade cheese sauce unfortunately resembled the heavily processed kind. I am told that their original recipe contained grated cheese, which would fare a lot better!
By the time our entrees arrived our jaws dropped! Humungous portions of food after our filling starters are challenging to say the least. Nevertheless, we tried our utmost to finish as much as we could yet saving enough for the dessert.
My stuffed chicken tortillas with the sweet corn cakes were filling and appetising! The corn cakes were a little too much on the sweet side for me, but the black beans worked very well with the tortillas. Overall a great dish, shame I couldn’t finish this one!
My friend had the ‘safe’ choice of the meatloaf and mashed potatoes. She was very pleased that they gave some extra gravy. Don’t be afraid to ask for extras here!
Lastly, we decided to go for the ‘Chris’ outrageous cheesecake with layers of chocolate cake, brownie and chocolate pecan frosting. If you are not a Bounty fan, this cheesecake certainly isn’t for you as has a very strong coconut flavour and personally I found it overly sweet. The cake itself is extremely dense and rich in texture. This could easily be eaten on its own but after the sheer amount of food we had just had, I felt I couldn’t fully appreciate this. Maybe a takeaway order of only cheesecake would better equip me to write this review….
The Cheesecake factory is famous for its varying flavours of cheesecake from their original to peanut butter to Key lime pie, there is something for everyone. Check out the menu below for their extensive list! All cakes are imported from the US so you can be sure the taste remains consistent throughout their branches.
Verdict: Mammoth portions are the resounding theme to this restaurant, which has become part of the novelty. Coming from Hong Kong Island and eating in mostly Central, I am used to paying the same prices for comparatively small portions, so I will definitely give the Cheesecake factory that- it is VERY reasonably priced for how much you are getting at around 170 HKD for one entrée!
Also, they have certainly not skimped on the ingredients. For example, you can heave a sigh of relief that their chicken is not from China. However, overall I would say that this restaurant’s motto is more quantity than quality. It is indeed not gourmet food.
Nevertheless, I would be tempted to return to this place, their vast array of choices makes it so easy to come again without having the same dish twice and it is easy on your wallet. You name it, they have it! And with their ideal location in Harbour City, I can foresee MANY people flocking to this American food haven.
Shop G102, G/F, Harbour City Gateway Arcade
25 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 10am-11pm