TIME was when IHOP, a foreign franchise from the United States brought to Manila by Global Restaurant Concepts Inc. (GRCI), served only pancakes, waffles and French toasts with coffee for breakfast. Not too long ago, it tapped into the Filipino palate and introduced a few Filipino breakfast items—Beef Tapa, Chicken Tocino, Pork Tocino, Longganisa and Chicken Sausage. Now, it has added three more Filipino breakfast fares to its menu, thus making sure that Filipino breakfast favorites are available in all its six stores.
Plated on banana leaves with eggs done the way diners want them, these new hearty Filipino breakfast meals are Breakfast Bangus, Corned Beef Hash and Longganisa Scrambler.
Breakfast Bangus (Php295) is the classic pan fried bangus (milkfish) served with garlic rice and eggs.
Corned Beef Hash (Php275) is corned beef cooked with IHOP’s signature hash-browns and served with garlic rice and eggs.
Longganisa Scrambler (Php250) has scrambled eggs mixed with sautéed chopped longganisa, green bell pepper and onions, and served with garlic rice.
Although just introduced, these three new Filipino breakfast fares are fast becoming big favorites. “It just goes to show how IHOP has made an impact on our local customers. These are distinctly Filipino dishes with IHOP sized servings and IHOP quality,” says Archie Rodriguez, president and CEO of GRCI, the Philippine partner of IHOP.
These new dishes under the Filipino Classics line will be part of IHOP’s new delivery menu, which will be available via Food Panda, the globally know food app, starting April 25, 2015. Diners who want to use the app can simply download it on Apple, Android or Windows, and key in their location. The nearest IHOP branch and menu will thus appear for online ordering and delivery.
Now also available in all IHOP stores are four new desserts that are perfect for hot summer season. These are Ice Cream Waffle Sandwich, Funnel Cake a la Mode, Banana Split Sundae, and Soda Floats.
Ice Cream Waffle Sandwich (Php245) features IHOP’s signature freshly made waffle, cut into quarters and made to sandwich a hefty scoop of vanilla ice cream with chocolate chips and another huge scoop of mango ice cream mixed with cheesecake cubes. The waffle sandwiches are served on a bed of chocolate and vanilla sauces.
Funnel Cake a la Mode (Php175) is all of six pieces of mini funnel cakes topped with creamy vanilla ice cream, crowned with a choice of cinnamon apple compote, blueberries or glazed strawberries, and garnished with whipped cream and powdered sugar.
Banana Split Sundae (Php225) is a goblet full of chocolate, vanilla and mango ice cream balls, candied pecans, and glazed strawberries. It’s drizzled with chocolate sauce, topped with whipped cream, and garnished with sliced bananas, with a cherry on top.
Soda Floats (Php145) are an all-time American classic, which is your choice of soda—MUG, Pepsi or 7-Up—topped with vanilla ice cream, drizzled with chocolate sauce, and served in a beer mug.
IHOP Philippines is now on its second year of operations in the Philippines and continues to grow the market via new branches in key locations around Metro Manila and new dishes introduced on a regular basis to be able to offer something new to diners all the time.
(IHOP restaurants can be found in Bonifacio Global City, UP Town Center in Katipunan, SM Mall of Asia, Century City Mall, Filinvest Corporate City in Alabang, and Araneta Center-Cubao, with a seventh store in Ayala Fairview Terraces opening soon.)