Breakfast lovers -- it's finally here! IHOP has come to Manila, and I got to preview the place (and taste the food) yesterday. It is the first in the Asia Pacific region, with plans of putting up 5 more in Metro Manila, totaling to about 20 in the Philippines.
One of the prerequisites whenever we travel to the States is to somehow eat at least once at IHOP. I am sure you've heard about International House of Pancakes. But if you haven't yet, maybe you're living under a rock -- haha, kidding. Seriously, they serve the most amazing omelettes, pancakes and french toasts!
It is located at the W Global Center at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, and the space boasts a light and airy interior, sans the barn/cottage/blue gable roof we are all accustomed to.
The entrance might seem teeny tiny. But once you go up the lengthy staircase (at least for me -- hiningal ako!), you'll see a much bigger dining area. Gone ARE the diner-type tables, chairs, everything. They've been replaced by a refreshing modern look. Uhmm, sorry my US readers, you can only find this IHOP style in their international locations.
They have drum pendants that has a play on typography. Here's a closer look at their custom drum lamp.
Now, let's get right down to business.
Up first are drinks. I had lemonade, and my fellow blogger, Gerry San Miguel of Dude for Food, had Splashberry. Below is a photo of our drinks. I love IHOP's lemonade (P175). A bit pricey but lemonade THIS good is pretty hard to find in an iced tea country like the Philippines. Of course I will pay extra just to have that lemony goodness. IHOP's Splashberry is a sparkling drink made from strawberries, lemon-lime soda and premium orange juice. I actually ordered Spashberry, too, after I finished my lemonade. It reminded me of a mimosa mocktail. :)
|L - R: Splashberry (P175), Lemonade (P175)|
|Big Steak Omelette (P325)|
Another omelette we tasted was the Spinach and Mushroom Omelette, which came with fresh spinach, mushrooms, onions and Swiss cheese rolled in a fluffy omelette. It was topped with rich hollandaise sauce and diced tomatoes. Now this came as a surprise for me because I didn't think I would like it to begin with. But it has this kind of sweetness to it that is super yummy. I am surely going to order this next time I visit.
|Spinach & Mushroom Omelette (P265)|
|Garden Stuffed Crepes (P325)|
|Strawberry Banana Danish Fruit Crepes (P265)|
|New York Cheesecake Pancakes (P285)|
|CINN-A-STACK Pancakes (P235)|
|Funny Face (P165)|
|Stuffed French Toast with Cool Strawberry Topping (P365)|
|Stuffed French Toast with Cinnamon Apple Compote (P365)|
I've eaten at IHOP countless times, and it was only yesterday that I learned of their slogan, "Spread Happiness". Well, I guess it's true. After eating at IHOP, I always come out happier. :)
Thank you to the Global Restaurant Concepts Inc. group for bringing IHOP to the Philippines.
|Archie Rodriguez (GRCI, President and CEO), |
Ana Hernandez (IHOP Director, International Marketing),
Griffith Go (GRCI, CFO),
Manuel Zubiri (GRCI, Vice Chairman)
IHOP (International House of Pancakes)
W Global Center,
Bonifacio Global City,
Taguig, Metro Manila
+63 2 687 5611