Applebee’s opens their 2nd branch in Eastwood on the 2nd floor of a joint building with IHOP taking the ground floor. The building is located in the Eastwood Citywalk area, beside Costa Coffee, the first place you see upon entering is the al fresco bar area before entering the main dining area. The Eastwood branch is way larger than the BGC branch and is able to accommodate 140 diners.
The only new items on Applebee’s menu are their lunch combos so we tried dishes we never tasted before.
Meatballs (P295). Big pieces of lean ground beef with a heap of marinara sauce, Parmesan cheese and a side of ciabatta bread. Beefy tasting which was contrasted by the tangy marianra sauce perfectly. Good shareable starter.
Thai Salad (P325/chicken, P425/shrimp). Crisp greens, edamame beans and almonds tossed in a chili lime dressing topped with wanton strips, peanut sauce and cilantro. We got the shrimp option which was aggressively seasoned which paired well with the light and fresh tasting salad dressing.
4 Cheese Mac and Cheese with Honey Pepper Chicken Tenders (P385). Cavatappi (corkscrew shaped pasta) tossed in a creamy 4 cheese sauce with bacon and bell peppers. Crisp chicken tenders with a sweet spicy sauce adds a protein component. Serving size is generous so best to share it with at least 2 people.
Applebee’s also recently introduced their lunch combos like that start at P245 and is available until 4pm from Monday to Friday only. The Three Cheese Chicken Cavatapi and House Salad is a nice light choice but my best choice for lunch combo is the Wonton Taco and Fiesta Lime Chicken, both of my favorites at Applebee’s assembled in one plate.
Honey BBQ Pork Ribs (P650/half, P950/full), served with corn, coleslaw and fries. You have three other choices for sauces (smoky chipotle, Asian chili, Korean bbq) for their very reasonably priced ribs. There’s nice charring, smoky flavors and meat that’s tender but not falling apart so you’ll have more to clean off each bone the way it should be.
Butter Pecan Blondie (P325). A fresh baked blondie with nuts, drizzled with glazed pecans, cream cheese sauce and topped with vanilla ice cream. It’s served on a sizzling plate so the bottom of the blondie gets a nice caramelized crust plus you get more aroma and the enticing sizzle.
If you love your desserts in a mug, you should try the Fluffer Nutter (P295) and Black Forest (P295). The fluffer nutter is filled with vanilla ice cream, peanut butter, bananas, hot fudge and pecan nuts then topped with a layer of torched marshmallows. The black forest has brownie chunks, vanilla ice cream, Grand Marnier cherries, strawberry jam, whipped cream and a cherry on top. Both desserts need to be shared but my pick among the two is the fluffer nutter, the marshmallows put it over the black forest for me. The black forest is no slouch either, don’t forget to devour the chocolate and pecan nut brim while digging into the mug.
Applebee’s adds a great after work place to the Eastwood restaurant row, with their large shareable dishes and nicely priced cocktails. The new combos also make them a good choice for a quick and easy lunch choice.
Applebee’s PhilippinesEastwood Citywalk 1, Eastwood City
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