Most agree that breakfast is the best meal of the day. I agree, too. I wonder if it’s because the body is just so hungry that it craves for any food after hours of sleep? It boils down to the classic Filipino expression: “Masarap ba talaga o gutom lang ako?” (“Is it really delicious or am I just hungry?”)
Actually, breakfast food is just really that good. Pancakes are amazing buttery, soft, and fluffy golden discs made specially delicious by maple syrup. Eggs are wonderful, creamy, and extremely nutritious. And, one word: bacon. I mean c’mon, bacon is enough reason to eat breakfast, all day, all night. Bacon is love, bacon is life.
Nobody loves breakfast food than Americans and Filipinos. Diners, the classic US eateries located everywhere in the country, serve up breakfast any time of the day and night. Local tapsihan, on the other hand, gives Filipinos access to their favorite silog meals, day and night, too. Any restaurant that serve both these American and Filipino classics is good in my book.
So when Denny’s announced it will be opening its first Manila branch, Filipinos got really excited. Well, we get excited with any new restaurant putting up shop here. I mean after watching various movies and TV shows about food around the world—from Maine lobster rolls to Japanese ramen—we get more and more curious of what else is out there. Filipinos are lucky enough that some international restaurants open here on our humble island nation. My dream is actually to go around different countries like the US and eat everything I have seen on TV.
Denny’s, “America’s diner” is probably the most successful diner chain in the US. With over 1,700 restaurants across the globe, Denny’s is famous for its classic American diner fare. What makes this diner chain even more successful is that it is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. It’s the kind of diner that is always open to everybody including night owls, graveyard shift workers, and gluttonous people who can’t stop eating.
Denny’s Philippines brings in 90 percent of its original menu to the Philippines including its bestselling Grand Slam platter, which contains its famous buttermilk pancakes, bacon, sausages, and eggs. Speaking of pancakes, the diner also serves sweet flavored pancakes including cream cheese and cinnamon, choco overload peanut butter, banana pecan, and blueberry pancake. The choco overload peanut butter pancakes are really good. This sweet combination never fails.
Don’t expect just breakfast food here because its menu is mix of different classic American fare. For starters, I tried the Chicken Cranberry Salad—mixed greens, grilled seasoned chicken breast, apple slices, glazed pecans, and dried cranberries, tossed in honey balsamic vinaigrette. This salad is a winner, with the glazed pecans and dried cranberries adding crunchy, sweet, and chewy texture to the salad.
I was also able to try the Bourbon BBQ Bacon Burger, layers of beef patty, sauteed mushrooms and onions, cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and sweet bourbon sauce sandwiched between a cheddar bun. The patty was a bit bland for me, so you need a complete bite every time.
What makes Denny’s Philippines truly local is the Filipino breakfast dishes included in its menu like the crispy bangus belly, bistek tagalog, chicken and pork adobo, Lucban longganisa, beef tapa, and pork tocino all served with garlic rice and egg.
Since this is a diner, a must try is the milk shake. I’m a sucker for milk shakes. The strawberry milk shake is the perfect combination of fruity and creamy, in a satisfying thick consistency. I can forgo a dessert if I have a glass of milk shake. But if you’re the kind who needs dessert after meals, then Denny’s serves amazing desserts, too. The banoffee pie and caramel apple crisp are good options.
“We’re proud to have the opportunity to bring Denny’s to the Philippines and provide local families with diner favorites that resonate with guests around the world. Manila will finally have a taste of a real American diner that serves a menu of breakfast favorites and American comfort food, all day, every day,” says Jean Paul Manuud, The Bistro Group president and COO. The local company acquired the band and adds Denny’s to its list of American restaurants it operates like TGIFridays, Texas Roadhouse, among others.
Denny’s Philippines Uptown Parade, BGC, Taguig City / Facebook/Denny’sPhilippines / http://www.dennys.com.ph