Here’s a special treat to jumpstart your Wednesday morning: a quick review on the International House of Pancakes (IHOP), one of the fairly new additions to Manila’s all-day breakfast restaurants.
If you’ve been following this blog for a while now, you would know by now that I’ve tried countless times to secure a table at IHOP. I raised the white flag for a minute there after seeing that the lines to the place had gotten sillier by the minute.
But there is a valuable lesson to be learned amid the hype, and that is to drop by a few months too late and at dinner time. Getting in was easy, breezy!
If you are like me — an IHOP newbie-slash-late-bloomer, that is — you’d find the menu to be a bit much on the onset. Naturally, it took a while for me to settle on my orders, so I ended up getting an Iced Mocha (Php110) as a perused the menu. I surprised myself with this one — I didn’t know serving was bottomless. I liked every sip of IHOP’s cool, refreshing drink. It reminded me of Mini Stop’s Chillz, only smoother. So YAY for bottomless fun!
I did eventually get to the main event and started off with their Specialty Fried Chicken Dinner (Php275). Two pieces of fried chicken, crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, served with mashed potatoes.
The taste and texture of the chicken and the potatoes made up for the presentation, which I though was pedestrian, bordering on unappetizing. I loved every bit of the juicy chicken, which was complemented by an extremely creamy and flavourful helping of mashed potatoes. Yummy.
If you’d like to mix up the flavors a bit, I would recommend that you split this with a friend and try IHOP’s other offerings. Which is exactly what we did.
Their Pick-A-Pancake Combo (Php385) intrigued me. Your choice of two same-flavored famous pancakes. Served with two eggs, hash browns and your choice of two bacon strips or two pork sausage links. Choose from any of their famous pancake varieties. Original Buttermilk, Cinn-A-Stack, Double Blueberry, Chocolate Chocolate Chip, New York Cheesecake, Strawberry Banana, Harvest Grain ‘N Nut, Cinnamon Apple, Strawberry, Whole Wheat with Blueberries.
Can you guess which pancake variety got to me the most?
Chocolate Chocolate Chip, of course!
You will most likely enjoy this is you are big on chocolate, but not the too-sweet kind. This is essentially a pancake that infuses flavors of a chocolate chip cookie and rich chocolate cake. I thought it went well with their Old Fashioned Maple Syrup, and found it to be just okay with the Butter Pecan. (I simply can’t imagine devouring this with Blueberry or Strawberry syrups. Haha!!)
The pancakes were served with these: hash browns, bacon strips, and eggs. You can get pork sausage links in place of the bacon strips, and you can have your eggs served the way you want them.
As a whole, this wasn’t all that great. There wasn’t anything about it that was particularly memorable. :(
That’s it for my first IHOP experience. All of these are best consumed when warm. :)
Taste – 3.5/5 | Ambience – 4/5 |Variety – 4.5/5 | Service – 5/5 | Pricing – 4/5 | Would Go Back? – Yes
IHOP Restaurant | W Global Center, 30th St. Cor. 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig