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Reviewed May 11, 2004   »   32avenue.com   |   justin-cheung.com     

Cheesecake Factory

2 West Colorado Blvd. - Pasadena, California
Disclaimer: An American chain restaurant, I am only reviewing this particular location. Don't use this review as a basis for all Cheesecake Factory restaurants across the USA.

Pesto Chicken Pizza | Chicken, Pesto, Oven-Dried Tomato, Pine Nuts, Mozzarella and Parmesan, USD$8.95. Cut into 6 slices on a thin crust, there is a generous helping of toppings and the cheese stretches like there's no tomorrow. It's not a particularly big pizza, enough for one person, and the pesto really brings out the taste in the juicy chunks of chicken. It's a little hard to eat since the pizza's very soft and the toppings are too heavy for the crust; nevertheless, overall, a very good, salty entreƩ.

Chocolate Brownie | 6 scoops of vanilla ice cream in between 2 giant chunks of chocolate brownies, topped with whipped cream, a cherry, and hot fudge on the side, USD$7.95. It was simply eye-popping - guaranteed to make your jaw drop at first sight at its gargantuan size. If you're going to order this by yourself, be sure to have an empty stomach beforehand; otherwise, even if you share, you simply won't be able to finish it. The taste was surprisingly light given all the toppings and chocolate, which was pleasant; the brownies were chunky and decadent yet moist and soft, which didn't leave anything to be desired at all. Simply incredible dessert.

Kahlua Cocoa Coffee Cheesecake | USD$5.95. The portion was shamed in comparison to the oversized chocolate brownie, but it was still a decent size nevertheless. It's more along the lines of the heavy, rich cheesecake type, which is perfect if that's your type of dessert. It's bursting in coffee flavour, accented very well by the splash of Kahlua. If I preferred heavy desserts more, I would be in heaven with the taste. But since I'm not, I couldn't really finish it. But still, overall, a very good dessert.

Conclusion: This is the epitome of a restaurant that you would go to for a good time while eating - friendly servers, decently-priced food, and out-of-this-world desserts. Consequently, there's always a long lineup; cheap restaurants that are noted for both its entreƩs and desserts are a rarity these days, but Cheesecake Factory fits the bill nicely. Presentation of food is above average for its class as well. The complimentary bread is soft, fresh, and very, very good. Overall, a restaurant that I would return to without hesitation.

3.2

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