International House of Pancake - IHOP is one of the newest restaurants that recently opened in Filinvest Alabang, Muntinlupa City. IHOP is an international restaurant franchise brand based in the US and in the Philippines, it is owned and managed by Global Restaurant Concepts. IHOP specializes in pancakes and other breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes made of ingredients mostly imported from the US to ensure an authentic American breakfast dining experience.
During our weekend staycation in Alabang, we visited IHOP Filinvest Alabang to sample some of their best-sellers and house specialties. It was our first time to try IHOP and we think that their dishes are quite simple, but what sets them apart are the high quality ingredients from the US that they use in their dishes. You could really taste the difference. Here are some of the dishes served to us during our visit.
|New York Cheesecake Pancakes|
First dish served was the New York Cheesecake Pancakes (P285.00). Each serving has two layers of buttermilk pancakes. Each pancake has pieces of cheesecake in it adding richness to the fluffy pancakes. They are then topped with strawberries and whipped cream and sprinkled with powdered sugar. I particularly enjoyed the pancake with pieces of cheesecake. The strawberries were also irresistibly yummy.
|Peaches & Cream Brioche French Toast|
The Peaches & Cream Brioche French Toast (P285.00) is next. Two pieces of brioche were topped with peaches and honey-roasted pecan nuts, drizzled with vanilla cream, topped with whipped cream, and finally sprinkled with powdered sugar. Compared to pancakes, brioches are richer in taste due to its high content of eggs and butter. The vanilla cream makes this dish even more hearty. But I love peaches so how can I say no.
The Funny Face (P165.00) is part of IHOP's Just for Kids menu (12 years and below). It's basically a chocolate-chip pancake sprinkled with powdered sugar. To make it more attractive to kids, whipped cream was used to draw a smiley face on top of the pancake with the eyes dotted with cherries, and the smile sprinkled with chocolate chips. It the kind of pancake that kids will surely love.
|Garden Stuffed Crepes|
Next was a savory crepe dish. The Garden Stuffed Crepes (P365.00) has two servings of crepes filled with a hearty omelet with cheese, mushrooms, onions and spinach. They are then topped with hollandaise sauce and tomatoes. For me, it's the spinach and the hollandaise sauce that made this savory crepe a winner. The shopped tomatoes added freshness to this dish making it less heavy on the taste.
|Ham & Egg Melt|
If you are looking for a quick lunch that you can grab during your busy lunch breaks, here are two IHOP sandwiches that you can consider. The Ham & Egg Melt (P395.00) is a huge grilled sandwich stuffed with ham, cheese and scrambled eggs. It comes with a serving onion rings. It's great for dine-in or something you can take with you during a working lunch at the office.
|Bacon Cheese Burger|
Another sandwich, well, actually, it's a burger, is the Bacon Cheeseburger (P435.00). It's a simple burger with a thick and juicy beef patty with cheddar cheese, two strips of bacon, lettuce, tomato and onion on a grilled bun. It is served with French fries on the side. Most of the ingredients were imported from the US so it basically tastes the same as the IHOP Bacon Cheeseburger you can buy in the US. Only the fresh ingredients such as the vegetables are sources locally. It's really tasty and you can really tell the difference in the quality of the meat.
|Fried Chicken Dinner|
In addition to breakfast meals and sandwiches, IHOP also offers dinner sets. Here are two dishes that Filipinos will really love, starting off with the Fried Chicken Dinner (P595.00). This set includes four pieces of fried chicken, huge chicken parts that are crispy on the outside but very juicy on the inside. The chicken had a balanced flavor, not too salty, and also not dripping with oil. It is also served with mashed potatoes and buttered corn. They used imported mashed potatoes which really tasted different from those locally available in the Philippines.
|Sirloin Steak Tips Dinner|
Another dinner set is the Sirloin Steak Tips Dinner (P595.00). Grilled, tender, sweet USDA Select sirloin tips were grilled with onions and mushrooms. The meat is tender and easy to the bite. It has a savory flavor with a lightly sweet aftertaste. It's also served with mashed potatoes and buttered corn.
Both the Fried Chicken Dinner and the Sirloin Steak Tips Dinner are big enough for two persons to share. You can just order an extra serving of White Rice (P55.00), Garlic Rice (P75.00), Red Potatoes (P95.00) or Mashed Potatoes (P95.00).
|Savory Pork Longganisa|
IHOP Philippines has also included Filipino breakfast meals in their menu. We also got to sample their Savory Pork Longganisa (P375.00). It includes two pieces of pork longganisa, garlic rice and two eggs which you can have either scrambled or sunny side up. The longganisa tasted nothing similar to any regional or commercial longganisa in the Philippines, and it is really meant that way. The longganisa is like a sausage with a hint of garlic, pepper and sweetness into it, nonetheless, it's still yummy especially with atchara or spiced vinegar. This however is not the type of longganisa that can fix my longganisa craving.
Other Filipino breakfast choices are the Breakfast Beef Tapa, Classic Pork Tocino, Classic Chicken Tocino, and Lean Chicken Sausage.
Though IHOP specializes in breakfast meals, there is always something on their menu that you can enjoy at any time of the day. Either you have burger for breakfast, steak for lunch or pancakes for dinner, that's okay, no one's gonna judge you. Check out their menu below to see what other dishes IHOP has to offer.
IHOP Filinvest Alabang
Spectrum Center, Block 28, Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 7:00am to 12:00mn
Other branches: UP Town Center | Century City Mall | Araneta Center | SM Mall of Asia | Bonifacio Global City
Disclaimer: Dishes featured on this article were provided by IHOP Philippines for photo shoot and sampling purposes only. Opinion on their food are ours and are based on our personal taste.