In a line: A favourite breakfast place opens its gates in Gurgaon.
Cuisine: Breakfast, waffles, pancakes
Price for two: Rs. 1200(approx)
Location: DLF Cyber Hub
Nearest metro station: Indusind (Rapid metro)
Breakfast happens to be the most important meal of the day, and yet it is either taken casually or worse of, is skipped. Unfortunately, I find myself guilty of skipping breakfast on weekdays. However, my weekend mornings are either made of stacks of warm and fluffy pancakes or with golden crisp waffles that are generously topped with maple syrup or fruit compote or my all-time-favourite, nutella.
Hence, IHOP or International House of Pancakes, a brand that pioneered how to make the best pancakes and waffles, has always been close to my heart. A few months back on my visit to Dubai, I ensured that my day started with a wholesome meal at IHOP before I got into the groove of touristy things. The news of it opening its first outlet in Gurgaon brought immense happiness, but unfortunately, the happiness wasn’t long lasting.
I braved the long queue at their outlet at DLF Cyber Hub and was ushered in, where I was finally given a table. The fuss-free interiors are covered in hues of yellow and brown and are marked by wooden flooring and colourful chairs. The servers were a little confused, but that can be credited to initial teething issues that any restaurant faces and hence, there was nothing wrong with that. After a while, I was handed over the menu to look at, and without wasting any second, I ordered the strawberry, banana and chocolate hazelnut spread waffle with ice cream, their much talked about New York Cheesecake pancakes along with a cookies and cream shake and strawberry banana smoothie.
It took a while for my order to arrive, but I was under the impression that the wait will be worth it. Sadly, it wasn’t. The shake and smoothie were the first ones to arrive. While the banana and strawberry smoothie turned out to be fair, the cookies and cream shake was a too sweet, so much so that it had to be left aside. Next came in the dish that I had high expectations from, which came falling down, the waffles. The strawberry, banana and chocolate hazelnut waffle was my go-to breakfast in Dubai and looked too appetising to resist, and the one that I got here was a flaccid, undercooked waffle that was sparsely topped with fruits and chocolate spread and turned out to be rather dry. The only saving grace was the New York Cheesecake pancakes. Fluffy buttermilk pancakes with bits of cheesecake and topped with glazed strawberries.
Confession: Overall, my experience at IHOP, Cyber Hub didn’t turn out to be how I had imagined. Though these were the only dishes that I tried, but a brand that has established a name in mastering these, shouldn’t go wrong with them.
Will I visit IHOP again to try their other offerings? Not sure as yet!
Value for money: 2.5/5