I’ve become a little obsessed with Cheesecake Factory, probably helped by the endless search for my waitress to be Penny from the Big Bang Theory. I’ve visited them across the US and love the American big portions, comfort food concept. It was great to hear when they were coming to Dubai, and since opening in Dubai Mall they’ve added another two locations – this one in Mall of the Emirates & another on JBR The Walk.

This Mall of the Emirates location offers by far the most impressive decor, coupled with panoramic views of the ski slope in Ski Dubai. I visited one Friday lunchtime and was lucky to be seated in a nice booth location by a very friendly greeter. As you walk in have a look over the huge cheesecake slices and matching huge selection; use this time to regroup and think what main course you choose as you’ll need space for a slice.

The menu is huge, with a massive amount of selections from pasta to battered chicken. Our server suggested that I should have a look at the ‘Lunch Specials’ menu as these are smaller portions; served up until 5pm. I chose to skip a starter and go straight for an entree, for which I chose Chicken Parmesan – served with a side of spaghetti. My large glass of iced cola was topped up regularly and I was regularly checked on, the service was flawless throughout.

The lunch special arrived, let’s be clear that this smaller portion was huge. A large breast of chicken with a pile of spaghetti completing the platter. There was easily enough food for two and I cannot imagine the size of the standard main courses. You won’t leave the Cheesecake Factory hungry. The temperature was perfect and whilst the flavours were not adventurous, but sat wall in the comfort food sector.

I managed to consume half of my main, before reserving room for the Red Velvet Cheesecake I’d already reserved from the vast desert menu. The cheesecake was delivered in record time, was beautifully cut and presented with a tower of whipped cream. One portion of cheesecake is plenty for two as a desert, and probably enough for a meal on your own. The flavours were delightful and the slice tasted freshly made.

The Cheesecake Factory delivers fast food with style, it’s not fine dining but is a welcome franchise in Dubai. Just pace yourself and have that extra belt hole at the ready – the portion sizes are a marathon.