A reason to celebrate… Applebee’s Philippines restaurant has officially opened their doors last Sept. 22, 2015.
As Me-An’s American cousin mentioned Applebee’s before, she already had a vague idea of what kind of a restaurant it is – a bar & grill and the largest casual dining chain in the United States. I, on the other hand, thought and expected before we met there that it was a dessert place since I had no idea about it. Makes sense because mostly apples are sweet and bees as we all know produces honey. However, as I checked applebees.us, it was just a name that the founder, Mr. TJ Palmer, wanted. Yup, as simple as that. Anyway, according to Manila Bulletin, Applebee’s currently boasts of over 2,000 branches in 49 states of the U.S. and an established presence in 16 other countries and two U.S. territories. Since it has recently opened, we got to try it.
Upon walking in, we were welcomed by the laid-back and hip bar area. I can imagine the place to be a hip, after-work hangout place with the urban crowd. We want to try going here with friends at night too.
To go to the main dining area, we went upstairs which was lined with clever, typography quotes such as this one. On the second floor, we easily noticed that it was more spacious so it can accommodate more people. It is here where the restaurant exudes a modern rustic but friendly atmosphere which you have to look at for yourself.
Also, it is on the 2nd floor that the open kitchen with the witty “FAN THE FLAME” letter signage can be found.
With Applebee’s hashtag, #CelebrateEverything, don’t be surprised that the moment you are seated, they will ask you if you are celebrating anything. If you are celebrating your birthday, the servers will happily sing their special Applebee’s song and will give you a free dessert.
It was the best time to celebrate for us at Applebee’s as we have just launched our own website in time for our anniversary. Plus, it is fit for our first blog post: new blog post, new Philippine restaurant great for celebrations.
First, we ordered the BUILD YOUR SAMPLER (PhP 550 / $ 11.77) for mixing and matching any three appetizers and/or bar snacks from their menu.
We chose the following :
CHEESE QUESADILLA – It was okay for us. It is your typical cheese quesadilla.
CHILI BEEF NACHOS – Applebee’s made their own special chips which does not become soggy even if not consumed right away. Lloyd liked the fact that the sour cream was separated as a dip.
SRIRACHA SHRIMP – It is the first time that we encountered trying Sriracha and we found it to be very good. It’s definitely one of our meal highlights even if the serving was small. It’s understandable because we ordered a sampler.
For pasta, we had 4 – CHEESE MAC & CHEESE WITH HONEY PEPPER CHICKEN TENDERS (PhP 385 / $ 8.24), cavatappi pasta covered with 4 – cheese cream sauce tossed with bacon and bell peppers. Topped with chicken tenders glazed with honey pepper sauce. The cavatappi was unique for us as it looks like the normal bow shaped macaroni noodles from afar, but it’s actually thick, corkscrew shaped tubes. We can’t recall any time that we’ve tried it here in Manila. Anyway, as for the pasta itself, I think that the sweetness of honey pepper sauce was overpowering since he couldn’t taste the cheese in the supposed 4-cheese cream sauce. Despite it, if we disregard the “4-cheese,” it is pretty good.
Next, we had FIESTA LIME CHICKEN (PhP 395 / $ 8.45), grilled chicken done fiesta-style with zesty lime, Mexi-ranch and Jack-cheddar sauce. Served with crisp tortilla strips, Mexi-rice and freshly-made pico de gallo. This one is another winner for us! We love how the combination of everything makes a delicious symphony of Mexican flavors.
For dessert, we couldn’t resist getting a bite right away of this FULL BLUE RIBBON BROWNIE (PhP 245 / $ 5.24), brownie baked with chunks of dark chocolate and nuts draped in hot fudge served with two scoops of vanilla ice cream. Interesting fact: we heard that instead of using Hershey’s chocolate, they used Malagos chocolate sourced from Davao. What a way to patronize local quality cacao beans turned 100% pure natural chocolate by Filipinos.
Last but not the least, we ordered one of their modern mixed drink – ICE CREAM SANDWICH (PhP 250 / $ 5.35), Absolut Vodka, white Creme de Cacao, Oreo cookies and vanilla ice cream. It’s just like a normal milkshake with a hint of alcohol so someone who doesn’t really like drinking alcohol that much will enjoy this.
APPLEBEE’S IS REASONABLE
The mentioned and shown food are just some of Applebee’s dishes. It actually took us a while to pick from their extensive menu – from soups to steaks. This goes to show that Applebee’s has sorted the right combination of food wherein everyone can eat to celebrate since, for sure, they can order something they will want. Additionally, the whole concept of Applebee’s is delightful for us – from to the large servings of food to their very attentive service. We will definitely return to try out their other awesome food specifically Quesadilla Burger, Bourbon Street Steak and Triple Chocolate Meltdown. Applebee’s may be a bit expensive for the usual casual dining, but the food are good for sharing so the price is reasonable. Thus, if you want to try another variety of American fare with bountiful servings, we highly recommend you to try Applebee’s too. There is always a reason to celebrate in Applebee’s!
G/F of the W Global Center, 30th St. corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
Operating hours : 11AM to 12MN (Sun. to Thurs.) and 11AM to 2AM (Fri. to Sat.)
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/ApplebeesPH
Twitter and Instagram : @applebeesph