Pancakes and waffles, who doesn’t love them? For 57 years, the IHOP (International House of Pancakes) family restaurant chain is now world famous for it’s pancake. Asides that, they also carry a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner.
To date, there are 1,650 IHOP restaurants and more to come!
I’ve heard about IHOP some time ago (who can forget that smiley face logo) but never gotten the chance to try them out. So this time round, I was really looking forward to it. Hoping it would be as great as I expected as well.
Before stepping in, I notice that the restaurant had a nice atmosphere. It wasn’t fully closed up, and we notice that it’s quite open which has pros and cons to it.
- Whenever people walk pass, they can smell the amazing food and be tempted to try it out.
- You can see what other order, and have a “sneak-peak” before deciding what you want to eat.
- If you get the seats that are facing outside, you don’t get to enjoy your food in private1
- People can look at you, and see you eat. Which might be uncomfortable for certain people
- If it’s a full house, and people are lining up. You might get strangers standing next to you, watching you eat for a full 5-10 minutes, hearing your conversation while waiting to get into the restaurant.
I was lucky to get one of the seats inside. Service was quick and menus were given to us immediately.
Although IHOP is famous for it’s Original Buttermilk Pancake, they do serve their pancakes and their breakfast all-day. So if you crave an American Breakfast for dinner, no problem! *not 24 hours though.* Noticed they were two kinds of menus, their ALL-DAY-DINING menu and their LUNCH & DINNER menu. I know you might be curious does that mean you can’t have the Lunch & Dinner menu during breakfast? Nope. you can. But i guess, they somehow like to split the menu. #LOL
One thing I love about the menu is that – they give a clear description on what the dish in. Many times you get fancy names, but not a clear description on what would be served. This is a plus point to people who are allergic to certain food.
I ordered the Ice Tea as it’s my all time favourite drink but sadly, such a simple drink could taste so different and some place could screw it up as well. #TrustMe
ICED TEA SERVED WITH SYRUP
The thing about tea is that, it’s meant to cleanse and rejuvenate you. It’s important to me especially if I’m having a heavy meal or an oily meal, I like to have some tea to go with it. If tea is bad because it taste weird, salty, sweet or some weird funny taste, the last thing i want is not being able to enjoy my drink. The teas (hot or cold) are from tea bags, so it’s nice and brewed, rather than the carton drinks that many Malaysians do that.
We were so excited and the menu was so appealing we didn’t really know what to order. Luckily there were quite a few of us to share. If I were alone, I wouldn’t be able to finish and I won’t know what to order because the portion is just HUGEE.
From left to right – ( Chicken Fajita Omelette, Garden Omelette, Beef Bacon Temptation Omelette)
The omelette is an interesting dish as usually you would assume that omelette is small and just eggs. Maybe cheese and mushroom. But little did you know there are THESSEEEE. #interesting
DID YOU KNOW??? Each omelette contains 6 regular sized eggs!! So much protein. #LOL
Even though we had three omelette, I would have assumed that they would taste the same. But NOOOOOO, it was three different taste on the plate.
Chicken Fajita Omelette – This omelette taste like the mexican tacos, with the chicken, tomatoes, cheese and sour cream. It is savoury but yet fresh. Very interesting taste as I’ve began to have a liking towards mexican food.
Garden Omelette – This one taste really light and fresh, like an ordinary omelette with tomatoes, cheese and capsicum.
Beef Bacon Temptation Omelett e – I know this is Beef Bacon, and Bacon is meant to be pig. But trust me, THIS??? You can’t even tell it’s beef, the Bacon has such a strong taste that even if you take bites of the egg without the bacon, you can still taste the saltness from the Bacon. #amazing #drools
I was really curious how the insides were, and how this omelette is made. The layers were made with a consistent thickness and wrapped nicely. Many times, wrapped food tend to have fall out and it turns really messy and unpleasant to eat.
We also ordered the Egg Benedict which is something I believe everyone loves. The star of the Egg Benedict is the poached egg, but unfortunately this poached egg was slightly cooked, so it was more of a half-boil egg state rather than a runny poached eggs.
From left to right – Cinn-a-stack Pancakes, Original Buttermilk Pancakes, New York Cheesecake Pancakes
Sad i couldn’t try them all, but THREE is like OMGAMAZING already. Here are a few points for the pancakes.
- THEY ARE FLUFFY!!!! One thing I am disappointed about most pancakes is that it deflates when it gets cold, but these?? After sitting on the table for 20 minutes, the pancakes were cold, but still fluffy. Thumbs up for that because I know my friends and I use to sit for a long time and slowly finish up our food. So quality is important.
- The whipping cream melts in 1 MINUTE. #seriously Cannot take picture d. LOL. because it melts so fast.
- New York Cheesecake pancake didn’t really taste like cheesecake. Tbh, i could barely taste the cheesecake. So if you were worried, don’t need to.
- Cinn-a-stack Pancakes were awesome, they had a cream cheese icing which was really addictive. I’ve been very cautious about ordering something with cinnamon because most of the time they overload it with cinnamon and it ends up being over-flavored and I feel like I’m eating purely cinnamon.
Asides waffles, they do have Belgium Waffles too! I was slightly disappointed that it wasn’t crispy and it was soft. Funny thing is that, this Belgium Waffle is sweet and savoury at the same time. It comes with whip cream, and blueberry on the waffles, and next to it is sunny side up eggs (you can have your preference), turkey bacon and veal sausages. I would have preferred if the savouries were in another plate, At least the egg and whip cream/ice cream wouldn’t merge together.
Now, pancakes and waffles are like OMGAMAZING. but with crepe!!! BONUS POINTS! Not just any crepe. but NUTELLA CREPE!!!! #canthaveenough
Nutella can never go wrong and I could just have this everyday #byebyediet
Finally, we ordered the Surf & T urf as I wanted to try out the steak. #steaklover
The presentation was overwhelming. I think they should have used different plates/bigger plates and have the sauce separated in a smaller bowl as sometimes the sauce can ruin the whole dish.
Overall, the place is really relaxing with the variety of latest pop music they play at the perfect volume as well. The temperature of the restaurant was slightly cool, but it could also depends on where you are seated and if the air-conditioner is blasting right at you. One thing I love about the place is that the seating arrangements are quite spaced out and they are many spaces for prams, strollers or just people walking by. I hate it when the tables and chairs are so crammed to each other that if I have to go to the toilet, I have to walk through a maze and figure out which path I can walk by without awkwardly saying “excuse me” at every table I cross.
The variety of the menu given is really good, not just from breakfast, lunch and dinner, but also from a light meal and heavy meal.
Would I visit again? – Yes, unfortunately, it’s not in South Easy Asia (yet). Hopefully they will bring it in soon!! Yay or nay? Share with me your thoughts!
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