I already knew about Applebee’s way before they opened up their first branch here in the Philippines. But what I didn’t know, though, was that it was actually a bar/grill – I had expected it to carry a similar family-friendly concept like its sister restaurant, IHOP. My family and I were supposed to have dinner here last Christmas, but unfortunately, things didn’t push through.
Exterior. Didn’t expect that we would end up climbing one long flight of stairs…
Interior shots. The main dining space is located on the left side of the resto.
Menu: Appetizers, Steaks and ribs, Pasta, Sizzling entrees, Chicken and fish, Sides, Under 600 calories, Salads, Burgers, Handhelds, Desserts.
(Believe me, it took every ounce of my strength not to order their chicken fingers)
Everything on the menu was a bit on the pricey side… We ended up ordering three dishes instead. The first one is the Sriracha Shrimp – Crispy shrimp coated with rich and creamy Sriracha chili lime dip. I love clean-tasting and juicy shrimp, so I enjoyed this one. If you have an aversion to spicy food but still want to try out this dish, you can ask the waiter to separate the sauce from the shrimp itself.
Three-Cheese Chicken Cavatappi – Grilled chicken over cavatappi pasta, bruschetta tomato, Alfredo sauce, and parmesan blend. Pasta was perfectly al dente, but the dish itself lacked a bit of flavor.
Our last plate is an appetizer platter consisting of Pot Stickers (Shrimp and pork filled wontons served with Thai peanut and soy dumpling sauces), Green Bean Crispers (Battered and fried green beans, with lemon aioli), and Boneless Chicken Bites (Lightly breaded tender chunks of boneless chicken, served with either a honey BBQ, sweet & spicy, classic buffalo, or Korean BBQ sauce). The chicken bites were spectacular! Very juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. The pot stickers were just alright – Since they were deep-fried, they gave off a rather greasy aftertaste. The green beans were a major surprise. As you guys know, I’m not really a fan of vegetables – But I ended up eating most of green beans, and was pleasantly delighted to find out that they actually tasted pretty nice, especially with the dipping sauces.
I really want to come back to Applebee’s since I feel like there’s so many more delectable dishes that I gotta sink into (like the chicken fingers, their ribs, and desserts). I’m just super relieved that the place is highly accessible near where I live, since that means I’ll be able to return here whenever I like.
Food: 4/5 (taste), 4.5/5 (presentation)
Applebee’s is located at Eastwood Bagumbayan, Quezon City. You can also find them at BGC. Links: Official Website || Official Facebook || Twitter || IG: @applebees (Official), @applebeesph (Philippines)