The much-awaited IHOP Jeddah finally opened its doors a few weeks ago, but tried as much as we could, we never managed to make it for breakfast without seeing a queue of at least an hour! Not being morning people, we somehow managed to get ourselves up early on a Friday morning just so we can get there before the crowd seeped in yes, thats the effect IHOP has on people here in Jeddah! And it was definitely worth the effort!
Even though we thought we went in early, we were still told that we had to wait for at least 20 minutes. However, we were accommodated much before that, which was commendable as we were a big group. Moreover, the staff was very helpful in arranging for more space when we had a couple of late birds joining us!
Situated in a corner in Le Mall Tahlia, IHOP does not have as large a capacity as some of the other restaurants in the complex, but the service is very quick and you dont waste a lot of time once seated. Children are instantly presented with some entertainment while the adults are given menus which would really require a lot of thought, as the choice is so overwhelming. Being a group of about 8 people, we had no shortage of choice on our table, ranging from Big Steak Omelette, to Country Omelette, Spinach & Mushroom omelette, Stuffed French Toast with Apple Compote, Waffles, and Kids Meals. The menu includes a lot of combo packages, and each combo includes 3 regular-sized pancakes on your choice. The tables are ready with 4 pancake toppings, but the Old-Fashioned (maple syrup) does take the cake¦ or the pancake! Cant go wrong with the classics! The prices of the breakfast items range from SR 30-SR 55. There’s also a choice of burgers and sandwiches on the menu, but that’s not what we were looking out for that morning!
When we first saw our meals, there was no way we thought we would be able to eat all of that for breakfast, but everything was so hearty and wholesome that we did manage to polish it all off!
I must add though, that we were disappointed in our coffees. A good, steaming cup of coffee is a necessity for a lot of people to start off their day, and we werent satisfied. The most disappointing part was that it wasnt steaming hot at all, and compared to how good our meals were, the coffee did not complete our palates. At SR 17 for bottomless coffee, you do tend to expect more.
At the end, upon splitting the bill, we dished out about 65 per person, which I do feel is a bit much for a breakfast. Regardless, it was a memorable morning and we all left the restaurant thoroughly satisfied. It is definitely worth waking up early on a weekend, so do give it a try, before the queue outside starts getting longer!Read more