Eggs For Breakfast: A Garden Oasis

Not too many restaurants are open at 7:00 am. Even those that serve breakfast usually open at 8:00. We were lucky to find Eggs For Breakfast one early morning.

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Eggs For Breakfast is a small and cozy restaurant within a compound of an events place. They have manicured lawns, a pretty gazebo and a small koi pond. It was beautiful with the early morning sunshine.

Collage_Fotor_FotorThey have a wide range of breakfast options – omelettes, egg dishes, sandwiches, pancakes, rice meals. We had the beef tapa, Vigan longganisa and omelette. Everything tasted good! Serving size is adequate. Lovely place for a date or a quiet meal.

Delicious Pies

Pi Breakfast & Pies is another place that serves breakfast fare all day long. It is located in Malingap St. near the restaurant row of Maginhawa Street. Frontage is small, with very limited parking. The main dining area is quite cramped but there are more seats available in the back.
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We had the skillet frittata (made up of ham, bacon, longganisa, mushroom, spinach, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, green bell pepper, onion, garlic, tomato, ricotta, mozzarella and gruyere cheese cooked with three eggs), ham-cheese-onion omelette, smoked bangus and longsilog (house-made Vigan, Lukban and Cebu inspired longganisa served with aligue and salted egg rice). The rice meals came with a 5-minute egg, but you can specify how you want your eggs done.

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The food was okay but nothing spectacular. The bread was good too. They have a display of the bread and cakes they sell. I wanted to try their Spanish bread with dulce de leche, but they weren’t available yet. We brought home some banana cream pie and smores pie. Both the pies were absolutely delicious! We will definitely be back for more of the pies, if we happen to be in the area.

Saturday Morning At The Breakfast Table

After dropping off our son at his frisbee practice, we went for breakfast at The Breakfast Table. The Breakfast Table is one of the many restaurants along Maginhawa St. in Quezon City.

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I like the decor of the place. The color scheme of blue and white reminded me of Mykonos. The restaurant is small, but it doesn’t feel cramped because of the high ceiling and white walls.

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Their menu shows a lot of breakfast options. Aside from the ones printed on the menu, they also offer a “build your own breakfast” menu. Here you can choose which kind of rice you want (plain, sardine, coffee or garlic rice), how you want your eggs cooked (fried, scrambled, boiled, salted or poached), which main dish you will have (Tuguegarao/Vigan/Cabanatuan/Chicken/Baguio longganisa, tocino, danggit, pusit, bangus tinapa, daing na bangus or beef tapa), plus a side dish. Each item is priced individually, so you can have more control of your choices. I like this kind of menu, so we can have exactly what we want and not waste anything. We ordered the Vigan and Tuguegarao longganisa plus the pancake. I also had the TBT cooler – a refreshing drink made with calamansi, tanglad, pandan, malunggay and muscovado. It was a welcome relief from the summer heat!

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The pancake was huge! It was fluffy and not too sweet. I just wish they offered a side of bacon or sausage to go with it. The serving size of the longganisa, on the other hand, was too small. Only two small pieces per order. We had to ask for an additional order of longganisa, which my husband and I shared.

The food was okay. Prices are very affordable. Parking can be a problem, like with most establishments in Maginhawa Street.

Breakfast at Ally’s All Day Breakfast

The kids had no school today but our son had to meet up with his classmates for a group project. So we decided to go for breakfast before we brought him there. I had been wanting to try some of the many restaurants in the Maginhawa area and this was an excellent time to do that. I chose Ally’s because they had more choices for breakfast. It was easy enough to find Ally’s as they had a very conspicuous sign outside. But parking was a bit of a problem. There were many “No Parking” signs along the street. The restaurant did not have their own parking space so you would have to compete for street parking with the customers of the numerous establishments in the area. Lucky for us, it was early in the day so we were able to park nearby. I can imagine how difficult it would be to find parking later on in the day.

The dining area is quite small. The tables and chairs are placed closely together to accommodate more diners. Outside dining is available too.

For breakfast, they offer a wide variety. They have rice meals, pancakes, waffles, French toast and omelettes. The kids chose to have the DIY pancakes, with bananas, Nutella and maple syrup.

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The kids with their DIY pancakes

The kids with their DIY pancakes

My husband ordered the Vigan longganisa (he wanted to try the Lucban longganisa but was told it was unavailable)…

Vigan Longganisa

Vigan Longganisa

while I had the Dulce de Leche French toast and some bacon.

Dulce de Leche French Toast and Bacon Strips

Dulce de Leche French Toast and Bacon Strips

We all enjoyed our orders! We like the pancakes of Ally’s more than the ones from IHOP. They were fluffy and tasty and filling. The longganisa was good too. I loved the Dulce de Leche French toast! I had never tried French toast like that before. Maybe I’ll try to do it here at home one of these days. The bacon strips were well done, crispy and crunchy.

The food in Ally’s All Day Breakfast is reasonably priced and very affordable. I’d like to come back for more of their food.

Breakfast at IHOP

I love pancakes and bacon. But I can’t seem to find a restaurant that makes pancakes the way I like them – fluffy and light. So I try pancakes in different places. Today, we went to IHOP for breakfast. IHOP stands for “International House of Pancakes”. I thought that my search for good pancakes would be over.

We went to the UP Town Center branch on this papal visit holiday. The other establishments were closed but IHOP was open for business.

IMG_1948aThere were very few people when we arrived a little before 8:00 am. I had a hard time choosing what to order because everything looked delicious.

IMG_1949aI was tempted to go with their sandwiches, but I thought I’d try their specialty – pancakes.

IMG_1950aI ordered the Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity Combo. It was described as “two buttermilk pancakes crowned with whipped topping and topped with your choice of cool strawberry topping, warm blueberry or cinnamon apple compote, served with two eggs, two bacon strips and two pork sausage links”. It was a lot, but one egg would go to my daughter while the other egg and the sausage links would go to my husband.

It took a while for our food to be served. By then more people had arrived and the place was getting crowded. Well, maybe it was because the tables are placed quite closely together. While waiting, I noticed the syrup selection on the table.

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There are 4 bottles of syrup on each table – old fashioned, blueberry, butter pecan and strawberry. I tried the butter pecan but found it too “buttery” so I went with the old fashioned.

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The presentation was okay, although I would have liked the plate to be bigger. The pancakes were fluffy alright, but too flaky. They crumble easily. I was disappointed that my quest for good pancakes has not ended.

The other things that my family ordered were okay. The kids liked their crepe and waffles. Bacon and sausages were okay too. Coffee was refillable. Service today was poor, especially when more people started coming in.

I wasn’t too happy with my choice but I am willing to give IHOP another try. Maybe I’ll have the omelette next time.