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The new Cheesecake Factory Asian Concept...?

  • Rina Nov 10, 2006 08:53 AM
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Any word on the new Cheesecake Factory Southeast Asian concept?
I am not sure if its rumors or there is some degree of truth to it?
If yes, they may be competing with Pf Chang's new Japanese Tavern bistro- Taneko. Seems like asian cuisine continues to be a popular choice for chowhounders and mainstream foodies alike.

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  1. I'd rather spend less money on more authentic southeast asian food. I wonder if the portions at the new cheesecake asian place will be as huge as their portions at the original restaurant?

    1. interesting...i like their bang bang chicken and shrimp, which is a take on several curry flavors.

      1. Why spend any money on a chain restaurant when you can get better or at least comparable food from independent restaurants. That is for me at least part of the idea of being a chowhound.

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        1. re: honkman

          of course, many independant restaurants are worse and more expensive as well!

          1. re: Xericx

            Very few independently owned southeast Asian restaurants will be more expensive than a Cheesecake Factory/PF Chang's affiliate.

            And independently owned Asian/Southeast Asian restaurants usually have better food than chains if you live somewhere with a large Asian population. Outside of those population centers, I could see chains being the best ethnic alternative.

            1. re: Pei

              I'm not doubting that any independantly owned asian restaurant is likely going to be cheaper with more authentic food. Does that necessarily mean its better? Not every time. I don't even think that you could even compare the dishes offered.

              But sometimes I want something disgustingly inauthentic, just like some people want to get some egg foo yong, general tso's, and other americanized chinese dishes. I've grown up on family style chinese food at tons of authentic chinese restaurants.

              The only asian-themed dishes I've tried at the cheesecake factory are the Miso glazed salmon and the bang bang chicken and shrimp and they're not as horrible as people make them out to be. I think the miso glazed salmon was 17 or 18 dollars...at an independant "asian" restaurant (probably an asian fusion bistro), I wouldn't expect it to be much cheaper than that. The bang bang chicken/shrimp was about 17 bucks too...again, not horribly expensive...sure its cheaper than a penang curry, but its still a totally different dish, different experience.

              Sure, I can get awesome Thai food in thai town or great chinese food in the San Gabriel Valley. I can also get crappy chinese food here on the Westside of LA or horrible Thai food at one of the 1000s of thai restaurants around where you choose a meat, choose a vegetable and cooking style.

              1. re: Xericx

                I think it is more the general idea that by spending money on big corporate restaurants/supermarkets it will be more likely that small independent restaurants/supermarkets won't survive. I don't say support small independent but crappy restaurants/supermarkets but as long as they are at least on the same level in terms of quality as the big corporations I am willing to pay similar prices (or even slightly higher) or drive a longer distance. And I don't think it is normally a big problem here at the west coast to find some decent asian food which is better and cheaper than you would get at CF. BTW, 17 bucks for a bang bang chicken/shrimp is pretty expensive, IMO.

                1. re: honkman

                  servicewise, my experience at CF has always been great and efficient versus a majority of the small independant restaurants/supermarkets. I drink a lot of water and iced tea and they always top it off.

                  Can't really say that at every asian restaurant I've been to, where I have to fight for a water refill or even walk up to the bus station to get it myself.

        2. Often don't find many independant restaurants which are worse and more expensive than chain restaurant.

          1. Oh, yuck!

            1. Is there a name yet for this concept yet. I have read a lot of their financial documents without finding out much but that the concept will debut in Summer 2007.

              1. No thanks, luckily I dont have to settle for Cheesecake Factory for asian food, nor any other type meal. Way too many good restaurants in the Chicago area to waste a meal @ Cheesecake Factory.