IHOP formally opened on Monday on the new The Spot Mall in Choueifat for the primary time in Lebanon! I used to be fortunate sufficient to get dibs although, and I went down on Saturday with my brother and a pal to attempt it out earlier than anybody else.
For these of you who don’t know, IHOP stands of Worldwide Home of Pancakes. IHOP is a well-liked American chain that serves 14 completely different sorts of pancakes, equivalent to Buttermilk, Chocolate Chip and New York Cheescake (my favourite btw). Nonetheless, pancakes are simply part of what they do, and so they provide a wide array of breakfast, lunch and dinner choices.
Regardless of being in a number of international locations which have an IHOP, just like the US, Kuwait and the UAE, I’ve by no means tried IHOP earlier than, so I can’t actually evaluate Lebanon’s to those overseas. Nonetheless, I used to be undoubtedly wanting to attempt it out, provided that a few of my buddies swear by it, whereas others aren’t actually followers. Plus, with 500+ years and greater than 1700 eating places, they should be doing one thing proper.
You could find Lebanon’s first IHOP on the L2 stage at The Spot in Choueifat. The outside area is kind of massive, with loads of indoor seating too. The ceiling in The Spot is usually an enormous glass construction, which might be above you should you sit on the terrace space.
After selecting our desk, we sat down and I spent an excellent 10 minutes studying their large menu and ended up selecting the next gadgets:
– Unique Buttermilk Pancakes with banana & strawberry on the aspect.
– IHOP Cinn-a-Stack Pancakes
– Double Blueberry Pancakes
– Breakfast Sampler
– Huge Steak Omelette
Burgers & Appetizers:
– Monster Mozza sticks
– IHOP Signature Bacon and Cheeseburger
– Lotus Caramel Waffle
I added maple syrup to the Unique Buttermilk pancakes and so they have been very scrumptious! They’re arguably the most effective pancakes I’ve had in Lebanon, (besides possibly those at Le Grey Beirut). The pancakes have been candy, however not too candy, and simply fluffy sufficient with out feeling too heavy. As for the Cinn-a-Stack Pancakes let me inform you that the image doesn’t do them justice in any respect, they really tasted a lot, a lot better than they appear within the picture under.
We additionally had the breakfast sampler and omelette. I selected The Huge Steak Omelette, their hottest one, and was not disillusioned. It’s fairly the recent mess of an omelette and loved each final little bit of it. I’m undecided I’d order it once more, trigger it was too many toppings and substances for my style.
I used to be shocked that the burgers they served have been additionally fairly good, as you wouldn’t anticipate it at a pancake and waffle home. I had the IHOP Signature Bacon and Cheeseburger, and the patty was grilled excellent, and the toppings have been scrumptious too, albeit a bit heavy with the egg, cheese and bacon.
The Mozza Sticks have been additionally good, and we acquired a Lotus Caramel Waffle as a shock which wrapped up our meal fairly properly.
All in all, IHOP is a good place to exit with a bunch of buddies and actually binge on scrumptious meals you don’t see in all places in Lebanon, equivalent to their signature pancakes in our normally crepe-leaning nation. When you really feel like attempting one thing new, I like to recommend you attempt the New York Cheesecake ones, but when pancakes and waffles aren’t your factor, their burgers, sandwiches and omelettes are fairly good as properly.
I’ll undoubtedly be again quickly for a extra thorough overview!