Is the Cheesecake Factory at the Mall of the Emirates All That They Say?
We’ve been hearing a lot of raves about the new Cheesecake Factory in the Mall of the Emirates, so we needed to check it out for ourselves. Located near Ski Dubai, the first thing I noticed about the place was it was huge, but that should have been a given being that it is the largest Cheesecake Factory in the world with the capacity to seat 526 people in its 2100 m² space. The second thing in noticed was the soothing warm-colored hues, providing a relaxing environment.
They seated us in a spacious booth that easily seated 3 adults and 4 children overlooking the Ski Dubai. The booth offered a great view of guests frolicking in the Snow Park. Our waiters, Alex and Leonardo, were extremely attentive from the beginning. Their menu was vast, so it was difficult to decide with the myriad of choices available. One of my dining companions ordered the Chicken Madiera after Alex had confirmed it was one of their best selling dishes, and he was not disappointed.
I was interested in something a bit lighter, so I ordered the Chinese Chicken Salad. It was love at first bite. My other adult dining companion ordered the Tossed Garden Salad. The kids gravitated towards the quesadillas and pasta dishes, and everyone was satisfied with their choice. As we waited for our meals, we snacked on freshly baked bread. Alex had to replenish the breadbasket several times, and cheerfully did so with a smile on his face.
When they brought out meals to the table, our mouths dropped. The portions were enormous. Each plate had a serving large enough for two meals. Needless to say, we all went home with “doggy bags”. Two of the children shared a pasta dish, and even they had enough for a take home meal.
But as full as we were, we had to try the cheesecake (after all it is called the Cheesecake Factory, how could you not indulge in a taste?) However, we were smart. Seeing the portion sizes, we knew to share. We ordered a slice of Snickers Cheesecake, a slice of Key Lime Cheesecake, and a slice Oreo Cheesecake, the restaurant’s best-seller, and then we all sampled the spread. It was a split verdict on which was the best, with half choosing the Oreo, and the other half choosing the Key Lime. Guess it was a palate preference, depending on whether you prefer a sweeter cheesecake or a more tangy cheesecake. But it was all YUM!
Throughout our entire meal, Alex and Leonardo checked in to make sure all was well and our needs were met. Always friendly, they both took the extra few minutes to chat and build a rapport. Something that’s often forgotten in today’s world. Kudos to you, Alex and Leonardo, we appreciate you going the extra mile to make our visit extra special.
The next time you’re in the Mall of the Emirates, I highly recommend checking out the Cheesecake Factory. It’s worth the trip. And if you’re dining out with little ones, try getting a booth overlooking the Ski Dubai Snow Park. It will definitely keep them entertained.
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