CHECK IT OUT: IHOP at W Global Center, Bonifacio Global City
The International House of Pancakes is now open in Manila and they’re serving more than just hotcakes.
W Global Center, 30th corner 9th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Tel. No. 687-5611
Open daily from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m.
(SPOT.ph) The location is understated, relatively speaking. Sandwiched between several restaurants in one of the newer buildings sprouting around the vicinity of Bonifacio High Street, the first branch of IHOP in Manila at the W Global Center in Bonifacio Global City, looks surprisingly small-it's when you climb the stairs to their main dining area that you get the bright sunshine that goes so well with pancakes and bacon.
New York Cheesecake Pancake
Not that these dishes wouldn't be devoured on sight, anyway, whatever the time of day: the New York Cheesecake pancakes (P285), in particular, arrive perfectly fluffy and with a serving of strawberries and whipped cream, but are remarkably not the kind that would make you give up halfway into your meal, thanks to the subtle flavor of the cream cheese enveloped in the pancakes. The Funny Face (P165) is an inevitable hit with kids-the chip-dotted chocolate pancake, topped off with whipped cream, cherries, and more chocolate chips, is big on flavor but not too sweet. Most of IHOP’s pancakes can do without any extras, but their famous selection of Old Fashioned, Butter Pecan, Strawberry, and Blueberry syrups might prove hard to resist.
The famous franchise may have dubbed themselves the international house of pancakes, but there’s more to this cozy venue than flapjacks. Slice into the Big Steak Omelette (P325) and marvel at the delicious layers of tender beef strips, hash browns, green bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, and cheddar. The potatoes take up a substantial part of the dish but while it could easily border on insipid, there’s enough variation in texture and flavor to give it a vibrant lift with every bite. It’s served with a pot of salsa in case you want that tangy edge.
The Spinach and Mushroom Omelette (P265) takes a backseat to the Big Steak in the menu, but its spot-on flavors are a sleeper hit. There’s a muffled crunch from the mushrooms which, texturally speaking, merges beautifully with the soft omelette. Ask the waiter to serve the Hollandaise sauce on the side though. Like most of IHOP’s other offerings, it’s flavorful enough minus embellishment.
Most of their dishes have a Simple and Fit option, allowing you to tweak your order to suit your preferences (or waistline): opt for whole-wheat pancakes, no butter, no cheese, sugar-free syrup, or low-cholesterol eggs.
IHOP will officially open tomorrow, February 15.