Pancake House held a dry run for its latest branch in SM City Baguio (the third in the city) this week. This post covers the sampling of food that your Eats in Baguio representatives tried. We wanted to have a good variety of flavors, so we had an appetizer, two meals, and for dessert — what else? — an order of pancakes.
We started off with the Fiesta Taco Salad, per suggestion of our waiter. It’s a good mix of lettuce leaves, some chopped vegetables, beans, grated cheese, chicken, and taco shells. While most taco salads have beef for protein, the chicken was an interesting substitute. You’ll also notice the texture — the taco shells, which we opted to crush before enjoying the salad, add a nice crunch. We could have done with more cheese, but overall, we loved how fresh the Fiesta Taco Salad was. It was good as an appetizer, but could also be a light meal for our health-conscious or dieting friends.
The meal proper included Grilled Ham and Cheese and Seafood Gambero for us.
The Grilled Ham and Cheese was indeed grilled right. It’s served with a side of fries and some pickles and pineapple. The cheese was melted just enough that it’s oozing and indulgent without being too messy. The fries were crunchy but a little bland. Depending on your preference, you can use salt, pepper, or ketchup to remedy this. We opted for all three. Nonetheless, we give Pancake House’s Grilled Ham and Cheese a 9 out of 10.
The Seafood Gambero is deceptively heavy. The no-frills presentation makes it look like a small meal, but it’s actually a good serving of pasta and seafood, including a mussel and some shrimp. We liked how the sauce was not sweet. There was a lot going on in this pasta. We agreed it’s a good combination of flavors, and a pretty solid fix for your seafood cravings.
Naturally, at the soft opening for Pancake House, we had to try an order of pancakes. We shared their Blueberry Pancakes and were by no means disappointed. They’re served piping hot, making the butter easy to spread. The blueberries are cooked into the pancake batter rather than piled on top of already-prepared pancakes. There are even more blueberries in the syrup, but we recommend trying the pancakes with just butter before committing to pouring all the syrup on them, because they are already quite sweet. The Blueberry Pancakes are a must try and can be enjoyed for either breakfast or dessert.
Overall, the Pancake House experience was a good one. Aside from the great food, we enjoyed the homey atmosphere and accommodation by the friendly, doting staff. There’s plenty of seating and a wide variety of meals to choose from, so it’s definitely a place that the whole family can enjoy.