IHOP is a popular chain in the US that is known for serving breakfast all day (and in some locations being open 24 hours a day).
This particular IHOP became part of my life in college. I was never a party girl, but when we occasionally did go out clubbing, IHOP was a great solution of where to go/what to do once the clubs closed (which in Boston happens at 2 am). For locals, it’s the one on Storrow Extension.
One of the things that is tough to find in Singapore is a good Western Style pancake, which is very different from a Japanese pancake. Also tough to find in Singapore, a great syrup (much less a flavored syrup). So IHOP was on our list of places to eat.
I decided to document our visit because there are many similarities between IHOP and most restaurants in the US.
Standard thing #1–Kids get a place mat menu with crayons. This keeps Ellie happy while we peruse the usual menu. Some Singaporean restaurants do this, but it tends to be the American ones. In the US, it’s the rare restaurants that doesn’t have it.
Detailed kids menu. They try to make meals creative, like the smiling “make your own face” pancake shown in the top right corner.
The adult menu ranges from pancakes to waffles to egg dishes to chicken dishes and burgers. Average price for an entree? Less than $15.
My favorite thing about IHOP? The syrup basket. There is old fashioned maple syrup, strawberry syrup, blueberry syrup and boysenberry syrup. Depending on what your pancake/waffles are covered in, you can pick whichever you want, and use as much as you want. When you do get syrup in Singapore (outside our house), we’ve found the restaurants to be exceedingly stingy about how much you get.
Ellie enjoyed the pancake face kids meal.
We got regular buttermilk pancakes, Ravi tried the cinnamon apple pancakes drenched in caramel sauce, and there was also a waffle. Extra sides of bacon were ordered. Bottomless orange and apple juice and lemonade also flowed (see, Singapore, FREE REFILLS!).
The cost for this meal (which included a ridiculous amount of food)? $40 USD, which is maybe 1/3 of what we’d pay in Singapore.