Breakfast at IHOP, Mall of the Emirates
“Some of the best memories are made at the breakfast table. And for more than 50 years, millions of people have made those memories at IHOP.”
And so I visited this 50-year-old restaurant’s 1-year-old branch at Mall of the Emirates this morning. I rarely have breakfast outside; it’s something I always have at home. The last time I had breakfast outside home (in the UAE) was five months ago at this adorable Japanese bakery.
Today, Masood and I accompanied my mom to submit some documents for a visa application. While Ammi offered to make us breakfast, I insisted that we take this opportunity to try out IHOP’s pancakes.
The restaurant is located next to the mall’s food court. There were around 8 customers by the time we arrived at 10 am. A lady in red uniform greeted, welcomed, and led us to our table. Jocelyn arrived a couple of minutes later to take our orders.
Masood’s hash brown, scrambled eggs, and strips of turkey bacon .
My hash brown, scrambled eggs, and turkey sausages.
Double blueberry pancakes.
Apple cinnamon pancakes.
With so many pretty colors in the world, why have they chosen this varying orangey tones of brown for their tabletops?
Service was really good: the staff was very attentive and came by to ask about the food. Our food took fifteen minutes to arrive, nice and warm. We didn’t get the coffee (I’ve read not-too-good reviews about it) and opted for water and freshly-squeezed orange juice instead. Love the orange juice.
The pancakes look good, but they seriously need to work on the presentation of their food. I mean, if you look at their menu, it’s filled with mouth-watering photographs – it makes you want to order everything! When the actual food arrived, it didn’t look as pretty.
I think they need to use smaller plates. There’s too much space between the hash brown and the eggs. All the different food on the plate should be arranged such that they appear in perfect harmony with each other.
Fortunately, the eggs are moist and fluffy. I didn’t try the bacon, but I liked the sausages. The hash browns were nice and crispy.
The pancakes, which you must order (why else come all the way to the International House of Pancakes?), are good. Honestly, I have had better pancakes elsewhere (including home). There are so many options at IHOP that it becomes difficult to decide on what to order. They have this strawberry cheesecake pancakes that I should try next time.
Masood loved his blueberry pancakes. Mom said she couldn’t taste the cinnamon in her apple cinnamon pancake. She finished her pancakes, I ate her apple toppings.
I have enjoyed my breakfast—and I’d even recommend you to try them out; the stuffed omelettes look good in the pictures—but considering the food and serving portions, I honestly think it is expensive.