The PHI or Pancake House Inc. (publicly listed in the PSE: PCKH) led by Martin Lorenzo, was one of the first restaurants he acquired (Feb. 15, 2000) to begin his rapid expansion into the Philippine restaurant industry. Now, Pancake House Inc. has the following restaurant chains under it’s belt: Dencio’s, Teriyaki Boy, Sizzlin’ Pepper Steak, Le Coeur de France, The Chicken Rice Shop, and Yellow Cab. Anyway, enough about restaurant trivia and onto the food!
Classic Pan Chicken (2 pcs) Php 186.00
For some reason, even though this chicken reeks of “unhealthy”, it’s still one of my favorites. Reminds me of that southern fried chicken I had in the US a long, long time ago. The lightly textured gravy is excellent and the mushroom doesn’t overpower the broth used to make it.
A perennial favorite – deep fried pan chicken with the welcome taste of homemade gravy
Special Salisbury Steak Php 246.00
My wife rarely swaps her order with mine, but she really couldn’t stomach the taste of the Salisbury steak. So much for the “Special” Salisbury Steak… and so much for my Pan chicken. But I would have to to agree with her on this. I am a big fan of american food, so I know what a good Hamburger Patty/Salisbury Steak tastes like and this tastes like cardboard with a hint of meat. The only redeeming quality of this dish is the gravy, yes, Pancake house makes amazing gravy.
Premium 1/3lb Salisbury steak topped with that creamy mushroom gravy and bacon bits
Pancake House has a loyalty program (Orange Card) where you can earn points based on your bill. All restaurants under the PHI brand also accepts this rewards card. But my wife has an Orange Card for more than a year and it only has 5 points credited to it. That’s just good enough for 1 restaurant visit, which is ridiculous because we’ve been to Teriyaki Boy, Pancake house, Sizzlin’ Pepper and Dencio’s countless of times the past few months. But despite this restaurant’s many flaws, we still like eating here because of the food (except for the yucky Salisbury steak).