People I know had been talking about it, bloggers were raving about it, and for weeks my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram flooded with pictures of their food. I don’t usually get affected by hype (I’m snooty like that) but if you rub it in my face long enough you might just be able to convince me to check it out. Hence, I found myself last night in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) with my very pregnant friend, Bembe, to discover the latest craze in town, IHOP.
IHOP (International House of Pancakes) is an American-based restaurant that serves breakfast food, such as pancakes, omelettes, and breakfast combos like egg and bacon, sausage, etc. This restaurant that was established in 1958 in Los Angeles, California recently opened a branch in the Philippines, which happened to be its first franchise in Asia.
Since the place created quite a buzz, I was no longer surprised to see the bulk of people waiting to be seated when we got there. Bembe got in to leave her name and to pick a number. They only have a few seats available for those who are waiting so we decided to kill time at Fully Booked. We went back to IHOP after an hour and to our dismay, our number had been called already. So we had to wait again, but we were at least given priority over those who came after us.
When at last a table has been cleared, I met another disappointment when I saw that we wouldn’t be seated upstairs. So forgive me because these are the only things that I was able to photograph where their interiors are concerned.
There were syrup bottles placed on each table.
I read from a blog that if you are not sure which pancake to get, the safest choice would be the Chocolate Chip Pancakes (PHP 255) so that’s what I ordered. It’s two-layer of chocolatey goodness topped with whipped cream, powdered sugar, and chocolate chips. It is tasty even without syrup but should you want one, I recommend you use butter pecan. I actually tried all of the syrups just to know how they tasted. At least with this pancake, the butter pecan works well.
Bembe had the Colorado Omelette (PHP 325). Yes, a freaking omelette that would cost you an arm and a leg. It has bacon, pork sausage, ham, green peppers, cheddar cheese, and onions, topped with shredded beef. It is served with salsa. It is expensive alright, but it’s worth every penny. It is by far the most delicious omelette I’ve ever tasted in my 30 years of existence. Had I known that it tasted this good I would have ordered it instead of pancakes.
Omelette comes with plain pancakes, but Bembe wanted flavored ones so she added 50 bucks for Strawberry Banana Pancakes, which when you buy solo would cost you PHP 265. It means buying omelette has perks so I suggest you take the Bembe way if you want to experience both (omelette and pancakes). I only tasted a little piece of this pancake and I found it too bland without syrup.
Aside from our seat, the thing that I found most disappointing in this IHOP experience is the Vanilla Milkshake. See, I love milkshake, so much that I’d overlook whatever deficiency any food place has provided they could make the best milkshake. Unfortunately, IHOP didn’t live to my expectations when it comes to this, to think I paid 175 pesos for it! The taste was flat and it wasn’t as creamy as I would have wanted. I’ve certainly had better milkshakes that were cheaper.
There was just the two of us so we weren’t able to order more food. So that’s about it. Would I go back to IHOP? I certainly would, but given the price and location, I don’t think it’d be anytime soon. I’m not sure which is the best time to go there, but my guess would be in the morning, on a weekday. They say that waiting could take as long as 2 hours during weekends. I also think it’s best that you go there with your friends so you could try more food from the menu (unless you are filthy rich then this shouldn’t be an issue), ’cause as you may have noticed the food is ridiculously expensive.
How about you, have you been to the place yet?
W Global Center
30th St. cor. 9th Ave.,
Bonifacio Global City
Telephone no.: (02) 687-5611
Business Hours: Monday – Sunday 6AM – 12AM