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28.06.2017

The booze might be drying up around our highway systems, but the sugar levels are set to spike: IHOP, America's pancake Mecca for bleary-eyed truckers looking for a $2 short stack and grimy bathroom to wash-up in, is now in Gurgaon. 

Syrup & Don’t Slouch 

CyberHub's IHOP has been suitably Delhi-fied with grating, candy-coloured interiors, but the menu stays true to the original chain. It offers a friendly all-day breakfast of pancakes, crepes, waffles, eggs and a generous kids' section. The four famous IHOP syrups stand at attention on our table while we place a large order for a little bit of everything, all of which arrives at our table at the exact same instance.

We start with savoury garden fresh crepes, shimmering in oil. The eggs inside are well done, the mushrooms few and far between and the caramelized onions in such abundance that we struggle to remember another flavour; that is, until we hit the too runny Hollandaise sauce and wish we hadn’t. 

IHOP, America's pancake Mecca for bleary-eyed truckers looking for a $2 short stack and grimy bathroom to wash-up in, is here. 

It’s hard to get strawberry and banana French toast wrong, but the one we are served manages to be simultaneously soggy and undercooked, coated in too much egg. 

Saving the best for last, we arrange the sauces around our plate and sagely advise our less seasoned dinner companion that the “old fashioned” syrup IHOP stocks is an artificial interpretation of maple syrup, and can taste like a miracle after a long, sleepless night.

That information is easier to stomach than tough, overcooked blueberry pancakes. Game meat could be cut through with greater ease. Politely returning our dish, we replace it with classic buttermilk pancakes, which are the highlight of our evening. They’re familiar, almost fluffy and work well with butter pecan syrup slathered on top: we make a sorry dinner out of these.

Dear IHOP, as reunions go, this left much to be desired. Teeth chattering from the sugar overload, we’re writing only to say, “This is not a good time for us, we need to focus on our career.”

Yours truly,

Disappointed.

Getting there: iHOP Cyber Hub, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon. Call 0124 4192390. Meal for two is Rs. 947.

Accessibility: Accessible by wheel-chair, situated on the ground floor with no elevation. 

bpb reviews anonymously and pays for its own meals. 

Image credit: "Nighthawks" by Edward (I)Hopper.

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