Monday, February 18, 2013

IHOP (International House of Pancakes) Restaurant Now Open in the Philippines

IHOP Spreads Happiness in Manila

by Marian Joy Hernandez
 ad an epiphany after visiting IHOP (International House of Pancakes) for the first time: my future wedding reception will only serve breakfast food! OMG. It would be the happiest day of my life, indeed.

Now open in The Philippines
That’s how much of a breakfast junkie I am. So, imagine how I took the news that IHOP was going to open in Manila—not only a first for the Philippines, but for the entire Asia Pacific. I was beyond ecstatic, with visions of buttermilk pancakes, golden brown waffles and huge breakfast platters teasingly calling to me. Located at W Global Center, 30th St. corner 9th avenue in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, it opened its doors to the public in time for breakfast at exactly 6am today. Suddenly, waking up early isn’t such a drag anymore.
IHOP is especially famous for their pancakes, so it’s a must to try these beautiful stacks, each layer a reminder of how awesome mornings can be.
On each table, you will find three kinds of pancake syrup available for your indulgence—Old-Fashioned, which is the good old maple syrup we all know; Butter Pecan, a welcome surprise because it’s sweet and salty at the same time; and Strawberry, which thankfully doesn’t taste like medicine.
Pancake syrups
The Original Buttermilk Pancakes (P195) are great with any of the syrups, but my favorite would have to be the Butter Pecan. Try each to find your liking. They’re free and unlimited, anyway.
Original Buttermilk Pancakes
For the sweet tooth, there’s the New York Cheesecake Pancakes (P285), which are composed of two fluffy buttermilk pancakes, loaded with creamy cheesecake pieces and crowned with strawberries. The cheesecake melts in the mouth, as the strawberry bursts with every bite. So good, it’s almost dessert!
New York Cheesecake Pancakes
There’s also the Cinn-A-Stack Pancakes (P235), two buttermilk pancakes layered with cinnamon roll filling and topped with cream cheese icing and whipped cream. It’s like eating a sinful roll of cinnamon, but everything’s been taken apart and lathered on the pancakes. The cinnamon is really strong, making these pancakes the perfect partner to coffee.
Cinn-A-Stack Pancakes
In IHOP, kids have an entire menu page to choose from. Labeled “12 and under,” the selections are surefire ways to make your little one eat. There’s the Funny Face (P165), a huge chocolate chip pancake with powdered sugar, maraschino cherry eyes and a whipped cream smile. I suppose it’s designed for the younger kids, aimed at entertaining them during mealtime. But hey, who’s to say you can’t get your meal from the Kids’ Menu, as well?
Funny Face
Apart from pancakes, one of the things that made me fall in love with IHOP is their wide selection of omelets and crepes. Their menu has an entire page dedicated to omelets, both sweet and savory. There’s even a selection for non-meat eaters, one of which is the Spinach & Mushroom Omelet (P265), a huge roll of fresh spinach, mushrooms, onions and Swiss cheese. If you’re watching your weight, you can ask for the rich hollandaise sauce to be served on the side. Or, share the omelet with a friend, because it’s frankly good for two, especially if you’re eating other dishes.
Spinach & Mushroom Omelet
Carnivores are in for a treat with the Big Steak Omelet (P325), a big egg wrap that consists of tender strips of steak, hash browns, fresh green peppers, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes and Cheddar cheese. It’s also served with salsa on the side, reminiscent of Mexican burritos. Also good for two, this omelet is best eaten while still hot, since the meat and the hash brown tend to become difficult to chew when cold.
Big Steak Omelet
For the crepes, there’s a vegetarian favorite called, Garden Stuffed Crepes (P325), which are two crepes stuffed with Swiss cheese and scrambled eggs with fresh spinach, mushroom and onions. Also served with hollandaise and diced tomatoes, they’re almost like the Spinach & Mushroom Omelet, but heavier in the tummy.
Garden Stuffed Crepes
Just go through IHOP’s menu when you visit, mull it over and salivate as you try to decide which dish to order. There is a myriad of options, and this preview is just the tip of the iceberg. They have French toast with various toppings, waffles, oatmeal, hash brown stacks, sandwiches, burgers, salads, and breakfast platters for the big eater. For those who aren’t visiting for breakfast, IHOP also offers dinner favorites, like steak, fish and chicken.
Their selection of beverages isn’t limited, too. The Never Empty Coffee Pot (P125 per person) is an unlimited supply of coffee, available either in regular or decaf.
Never Empty Coffee Pot
The IHOP Splashers (P175) are bestsellers in the U.S., and I think they will be instant favorites here, as well. Sparkling, fruity and refreshing—there are two kinds to choose from: Splashberry, a blend of juicy strawberries, lemon-lime soda and premium orange juice; and Tropical Island Twist, a blend of lemonade, lemon-lime soda and tropical mango syrup.
Tropical Island Twist
As IHOP plants its feet firmly on Manila soil, I’d like to think they’re spreading happiness, indeed. When you can enjoy breakfast—best meal of the day—even during lunch or dinnertime, and even anytime during weekends (they’re open for 24 hours during weekends!), it’s hard not to smile, sit back,  and know it can still be a beautiful day.
Establishment Info
IHOP Restaurant
Pancakes, Omelettes, Breakfast Combos, Waffles, French Toast, Crepes and Classic Burgers
P200 - P499

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