It’s a real factory up on the 8th floor of Macy’s San Francisco. Over fifty persons waiting in line to be served, hundreds of people already seated and having lunch, this food factory seems to be a famous gathering for local hungry citizens.
Thirty minutes passed before we could get a table. The same decor, the same music and unfortunately the same bulky food as that I had in Dubai. Two hundred items on the menu to choose from, huge plates and a stark lack of flavor and finesse in any of the orders. Half a liter of diet Coke, a basket with two pieces of bread and butter while we waited thirty long minutes to be served.
Beef tacos made with chewy bread, dry rice and cold beans. A bit of meat, too many onions, some diced tomatoes and guacamole for the look and flavor. A club sandwich with more tomatoes than chicken, crispy bacon and dry chicken with a load of unnecessary bread. Not good, not good at all, the food is even worse than what I’ve had in Dubai. Comparing these to the one in Lebanon, I felt proud! In Beirut, the Cheesecake Factory at least competes with the local diners offering tasty creations - from time to time.
The cheesecakes on the other hand are excellent! Exactly the same creations which one factory produces for the world and distributes to all Cheesecake Factory locations. The normal cheesecake has the lightly crunchy bottom and a creamy heart of cheese served with raspberry compote and fresh cream. The Godiva chocolate is also one I’d recommend; definitely a very good chocolate quality, creamy and thick at the same time with the traditional side of whipped cream.
Unimpressed by the food quality and by the speed of service. Next time I will pick up some cakes for takeaway.