I took an original 10-inch cheesecake ($45) to a backyard party. It was a hit. First of all, it was a beautiful thing to look upon, with a perfect shape and color and a pretty sprinkling of crumbs on top. Everyone agreed it was more cake-like than your average cheesecake, very much like my mother used to make. The texture managed to be light and dense at the same time, with a not-too-sweet flavor and the tang of sour cream in the rich top layer. I would have liked a thicker graham cracker crust with more tooth, and I was not pleased with the way the middle of the cake stuck to my serving knife on each slice. But overall, it was creamy and delicious.
Thanks to their convenient mini-cheesecakes ($2.50 each), my family and I had the grueling job of testing some of their other flavors. (I do it for you, dear readers!) They are not lying when they claim to use the finest ingredients. The chocolate in the chocolate raspberry is deep and dark, and the raspberry reduction swirled throughout is obviously homemade. The creme brulee has a delicate flavor and an authentic caramelized sugar topping. Then there’s the coconut mango rolled in toasted coconut with a vibrant mango puree on top. But I’m partial to the lemon basil with its fresh lemon juice and fragrant basil in a toasted almond crust, a wholly new taste sensation that really works.
Pacific Cheesecake Company doesn’t stop at sweet cheesecakes. They have a line of savory ones as well. Similar to a cream cheese torte with herbs and spices, you’d serve this with crackers as an appetizer. The Gorgonzola apricot wrapped in toasted walnuts (in lieu of graham cracker crumbs) is wonderful. A 4 1/2-inch cake ($10) is right for a small dinner party. The 10-inch wheel ($55) is for a big, catered affair.
Keep Pacific Cheesecake Company in mind for your next gathering. Perhaps the “Mad Men” season premiere.
LISA DUPUY has been reviewing area restaurants since 2008. She welcomes comments at LDupuy@aol.com.
What: Pacific Cheesecake Company
Where: 413 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale
When: Monday to Wednesday 10 a.m to 5 p.m.; Thursday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
Prices: Mini-cheesecakes $2.50; medium and large cheesecakes $35 to $55
Contact: (818) 518-0709; www.pacificcheesecakecompany.com