It’s nearly been 2 months since Cheesecake Factory opened in Hong Kong! I know all the keen foodies in HK would have flocked to Tsim Sha Tsui to try out the food early on in the month, but here’s my review on this franchise store of the amazing American dream a month later.
First impressions: I was shocked that there were no queues. It was all different from the long queues that I’ve been hearing about in the local newspapers, although the restaurant was semi-full when I went in. Surprisingly, there was a little queue after lunch around 3pm, perhaps when the afternoon tea craving kicks in.
The restaurant itself is quite easy to spot, with the big yellow arch in the middle and two illuminated signs on each side. The restaurant was a bit darker on the inside and had this retro theme. Toilets were inside as well and they were spacious an clean.
To share between 3 people, I ordered the Parmesan-Garlic Cheese Bread ($98) which was a long bread roll with cheesy garlic on the inside, served with a marinara sauce and pesto sauce. The combination of the melty cheese and garlic with the warm bread was just amazing, and dipping it in the marinara sauce helped balance out the richness of it. The pesto had a strong garlic flavour to it as well, but it was too rich to add to the bread.
I also ordered the Factory Nachos ($128) served with melted cheese and dollops of guacamole, salsa and sour cream. The nachos were very crispy and once again the salsa helped balance it out. However, the melted cheese was more like the nachos cheese sauce you get in the cinema that tastes a little like processed cheese. Also, all the toppings were piled on top so it was a bit hard to get an even coating.
Finally for dessert, I had Craig’s Crazy Carrot Cake Cheesecake ($75). I have always wanted to try this combination, but I’d say maybe stick with the original or fresh strawberry cheesecake next time. Carrot cake has always been paired with cream cheese frosting, so this combination seemed like a no-brainer, but having carrot cake cheesecake and cream cheese frosting slathered over the top was just an over-the-top dessert in a bad way.
There was no way we could have finished all the food, so we wrapped up the nachos to take home. I would suggest coming here with a big bunch of friends so you could try a variety of dishes and cheesecakes.
Overall, I’d say the service was quite good. The waiter came over to chat to us multiple times after we’d ordered, whilst we were eating and after we’d finished. Although it got a teeny irritating after a bit, it was still nice that they made the effort to try and talk to us.
Shop G102, Harbour City, Gateway Arcade, Tsim Sha Tsui
(+852) 2791 6628
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