IHOP Restaurant located at the ground floor of Gulf Mall has been attracting quite a number of fans and curious bodies who are eager to try out their well known breakfast items since their official opening last month.
Believe me, it has been quite hard to get a table there due to the fact that the outlet has always been packed. I was particularly surprised when we finally managed to get a table two weeks ago for dinner. Usually, I would see long queues of people starting from the outlet’s door extending to the nearby fire exit door. Truly shocking to see that people are willing to wait in a line just to get a chance to taste the food.
I was hoping to snap pictures of the interiors but hopefully you can understand that the best I could do was take a photo of the exterior instead. I did not want to ruin any diner’s privacy so I hope you forgive me for the lack of images.
My family and I arrived 10 minutes before 7 in the evening and we were immediately directed to a corner table that seated 4 people comfortably. After 3 minutes, our server came and handed us 2 menus; the first being their all day dining menu and the second being a menu exclusive for lunch and dinner. We ordered 2 items from the all day dining menu which was the “Chicken & Waffles” plus the “Spinach & Mushroom Hash Brown Stack” (recommended by our server) and one item from the latter menu which was the “Mediterranean Chicken”. As for beverages, we got a glass of iced tea, splashberry and water.
Despite the busy outlet at that time, our orders came relatively quick and I want to say that we only waited approximately, 15-20 minutes. The hash brown stack I asked for came with 2 pieces of plain pancakes which was great because it meant I could try out all the 4 types of syrups they had on the table (old fashioned, blueberry, strawberry and butter pecan).
The hash brown stack basically consisted of fried hash browns topped with spinach & mushrooms plus a slice of tomato with melted cheese over fried egg drizzled with a very rich hollandaise sauce and sprinkled with green onions. On the menu it stated that I could ask for the egg in my style of choice but I think our server forgot to ask for my preference so the egg was in a sunny side up style which did not really bother me but I wish I did have the option to have the egg to my liking. The flavor for this dish was average, a bit salty and due to the richness of the sauce, I sort of got tired of the taste pretty early on but good thing it was served with pancakes because that helped a lot to remove the saltiness of the hash browns. The chicken and waffles dish was exactly that; 4 crispy breaded chicken strips with waffle quarters, nothing special and again, average. As for the Mediterranean chicken, I truly loved the sauce because it was really flavorful but unfortunately, the potatoes were overcooked. I would rate this outlet a (3.5 / 5) since in my opinion it was only average or maybe I just had high expectations? Our bill for 3 only amounted to QAR 178 which was actually quite economical since I thought we would have to pay around QAR 250+.
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Location: Ground Floor, Gulf Mall, Al Gharafa, Doha – Qatar
Contact No.: 4452 9637
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