When in BGC : IHOP Philippines Weekend

IHOP Philippines at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

There has been a lot of social media buzz about IHOP Philippines recently, with its first store here in the Philippines opened for a little more than two months. Some blogs would say it’s overrated, with the amount of customers that line up for their pancake and American menu offerings. Which lead me to ask, “Why is IHOP Philippines so popular?” What exactly is the buzz all about?

So last Saturday, we headed to Bonifacio Global City to check out IHOP. We didn’t really find it difficult to look for the store, which is conveniently located at W. Global Center, 30th Street corner 9th Avenue. We had to find a parking space first, so we drove past the store while headed to the parking building near W. Global Center. Believe me when I say that you will not miss it, with the amount of customers standing outside the store, waiting for available seats. And this was at 9 in the morning.

IHOP Philippines BGC

This much people waiting to be seated. This much, at any given time LOL

Like all the other customers, we waited to be seated. We spent around twenty minutes waiting for a table for two. Imagine just how long it would take for a family of six or more to be seated, with the number of customers they get, most especially in the morning.

A little introduction on IHOP and why it’s so popular: The International House of Pancakes, more known to us as IHOP, is a US-based restaurant chain, serving American dishes, specializing in breakfast dishes. Despite this, they also offer lunch and dinner items in their menu. They currently have over 1550+ branches, majority of which are US-based, but with one in Dubai which started making its international presence known worldwide since August 2012.

Being the biggest international US-based restaurant chain offering American breakfast must have spearheaded its fame here in the Philippines when it opened its first store last February 15, 2013. And with the number of customers they’re getting, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a second, third, or fourth branch, maybe? :)

So when we finally got seated, we were greeted by Gino, who made it a point to introduce himself to us before taking our orders. With all the waiting we did, we’ve already decided which dishes to order even before getting our seats. We ordered Iced Coffee, Bacon Temptation Omelette with Cinn-a-stack Pancakes, and Pick-a-Pancake Combo, in which case we chose the Buttermilk Pancakes.

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Iced Coffee Unli Refill, 145php

I noticed that most of their drinks were offered with unlimited refill. I don’t drink a lot of fluids, let alone coffee, but I needed my daily dose of coffee to prevent a migraine attack. Initially, I wanted to order one Never Empty Coffee Pot, which was reasonably priced at 125php, but seeing how it was terribly hot outside, getting a hot coffee just isn’t going to make me feel any cooler. So we both chose to order Iced Coffee, also offered with Unlimited Refill, at 145php. Their Iced Coffee was served in a matter of minutes. It was served as lukewarm coffee with ice, as if the ice has just been barely swimming in the coffee. Just the way I like it :)

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Full house weekend for IHOP PH

Despite the number of people, it didn’t take long before we got served our meals.

IHOP Philippines Menu

Bacon Temptation Omelette, priced at 285php

The Bacon Temptation Omelette with our choice of pancakes, the Cinn-a-stack Pancakes, was to die for! The omelette was topped with chopped tomatoes and generous amounts of bacon. The omelette oozed with melted cheese, which was really delicious. Best eaten on its own, or with ketchup. I could eat this all year.

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Melted cheese goodness in the Bacon Temptation Omelette

 

IHOP Philippines Menu

Pick a Pancake Combo with Two eggs, two sausages, and a hash brown, priced at 385php

The Pick-a-Pancake combo was also good, but it was less filling compared to the Bacon Temptation Omelette. We chose the Buttermilk Pancakes for this combination, but you can also choose to have other flavored pancakes, for an additional 50php. I opted not to get a flavored pancake for this combo because I didn’t really have any other flavored pancake I wanted to try other than the Cinn-a-stack pancakes. I also really wanted to know how their regular Buttermilk pancakes tastes like.

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Buttermilk Pancakes, two pieces

We ate our pancakes last, as a dessert of sorts instead of having it as the main breakfast dish. I found their buttermilk pancakes fluffy and thick. It tasted like your usual pancakes, only more filling. However, I had a hard time picking up the slices of pancakes from my plate, as it would crumble a lot from my fork. It looks very thick, but when you fork through it, it’s very thin inside.

IHOP Philippines BGC

Cinn-a-stack Pancakes

I found that the Cinn-a-stack pancakes better between the two. I loved how the pancakes were sweetened by the white glaze topping, and the cinnamon flavor was consistent.

Despite all my praise for the pancakes, we were so full we couldn’t consume them. At some point, we were just staring at our food, because we badly wanted to finish the pancakes, but were just so full that we’d get sick if we forced to.

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Syrups, minus the Blueberry

The Syrups. I’m partial towards Maple syrups, so the Old Fashioned Syrup was the only one I got to try. It wasn’t sweet the way I like my maple syrup, so I kept placing more, but it just doesn’t get any sweeter with more syrup. I’ll try the three other syrups next time. Also, we didn’t have Blueberry syrup in our table. I don’t really know why.

Ambiance: I loved the American-diner feel of the place. It’s very cozy, and emanates the family-diner feel.

Price: Expect to dish out 300-450php/person. It’s a little steep, but it’s very well worth it. You get value for your money, and will leave the place full and satisfied. We had brunch, by the way, seeing as how we cannot eat lunch anymore with our happy tummies.

Menu: As mentioned earlier, the menu also offers lunch and dinner items. Check out their IHOP Philippines’ Menu offering at Munch Punch

Will I come back? YES. I loved the omelette a lot. The pancakes, not as much, though.

Was it overrated, as some blogs would claim? I’d say it was overhyped, but it doesn’t make it less worth trying. :) -HANA

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One comment to When in BGC : IHOP Philippines Weekend

  • David Ross  says:

    I’ve eaten at Ihop USA for years and THIS AIN’T NO IHOP. You have nothing to compare it to unfortunately. The waffel and pancakes both sucked. The greeters had absolutely not personality. The scrambled eggs and bacon weren’t anything to write home about. Get it together and find a decent place to report about.

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