After shopping all morning at the Ala Moana mall, everyone was hungry so we decided to go to The Cheesecake Factory in Waikiki for lunch. The Cheesecake Factory is a chain of restaurants in the States that has American classics, some fusion dishes, and of course tons of cheesecake. This location is huge, but it’s crazy busy all the time and they don’t take reservations. We got there slightly before 12 and we had to wait a half an hour to get in.
The Cheesecake Factory is famous for their ridiculously large menu. The menu is literally a book and has over 15 pages. It is very overwhelming so I would suggest looking at it online before you go or looking at a menu if you have to wait to be seated. The Cheesecake Factory always starts your meal off by bringing a complementary bread basket. The white one is sourdough and the dark one is some sort of sweet molasses oat bread. I love the dark bread because of the hint of sweetness it has. Make sure you don’t fill up on too much bread though because the portions of most dishes are large.
For my lunch me and my mom split two different sandwiches. I ordered The Navajo which comes on warm fry bread stuffed with grilled chicken, avocado, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and mayo. The warm fry bread was delicious and the best part of the sandwich. It was sort of like a pita. Even though it was fried, it didn’t taste greasy and it was nice and warm. The avocado and mayo made the sandwich creamy and the pieces of chicken in it was quite large. The fries were just okay. They weren’t quite as crispy as I like my fries and it seemed like they were just there for filler.
The second sandwich we ordered to share was the Cuban with a side of green salad. The Cuban came on a pressed bun and was filled with roasted pork, ham, melted swiss, pickles, mustard, and mayo. This sandwich was delicious. I liked the combination of roasted pork and ham and the swiss cheese melted over everything made it gooey and rich. The pickles added a crunch and the mustard gave it a tart flavour. I’ve never had a Cuban sandwich before but I enjoyed this and I would order it again. The side salad was decent but once again nothing special.
Now onto the star of the show, the cheesecake. They have over 30 different kinds of cheesecakes and they all sound delicious. Since I was in Hawaii, I went with something tropical and got the Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Cheesecake. This dessert has layers of pineapple cheesecake and pineapple upside-down cake. The layering of the cheesecake and regular cake makes the cheesecake not as heavy and overwhelming. The pineapple cheesecake has a tart pineapple flavour and the cake was moist and sweet. They heap so much whipped cream on the plate that I had a bit left over. I would recommend this dish if you are looking for a tropical cheesecake that isn’t too heavy.
Overall The Cheesecake Factory was a fun and enjoyable dining experience. They have something for everyone on the menu and the prices are reasonable. Two people could easily split an entrée and a cheesecake and be full. The cheesecakes are delicious and they have so many unique and interesting flavours. The only con is how busy this place is and I would suggest arriving early and not during peak dining times unless you are prepared to wait.
Yes, for cheesecake and a reasonably priced and satisfying meal.