Applebee’s is an American casual dining franchise brought in by the Global Restaurant Concepts Group. It opened it’s first branch in the Philippines last year, taking over the space of Mad for Garlic in BGC. A 2nd branch is set to open in Eastwood City very soon. I’ve never had a chance to dine at Applebee’s but I’ve seen it in many films like Blended and Hall Pass.
There’s a bar located on the ground floor together with a number of tables if you decide you don’t want to venture up the stairs. We huffed and puffed our way up so my Fitbit was happy.
There’s a cozy yet modern feel to the 2nd floor main dining area with a mix of booth and bar style tables. You can also catch your favorite sporting events via their big screen tvs.
Wonton Tacos (P225). Spicy Chicken, coleslaw and cilatro stuffed in between crunchy wonton taco shells. A great shareable appetizer that’s filling and satisfies the crunch.
Double Crunch Bone In Wings (P395). Perfect foil for beer and alcohol are these modern chicken wings, double fried for an extra crunch. Available in honey bbq, classic buffalo, sweet and spicy, and Korean bbq.
Sriracha Shrimp (P445). This reminded me a bit of the dynamite shrimp appetizer from PF Chang’s. Crispy shrimps are tossed in a sriracha and lime dressing. There’s equal amounts of spice and tangy citrus that just goes so well with the crisp of the shrimps.
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Get your drinks on with these new introductions to their menu. The Cornonarita is an surprising sight with a bottle of Corona stuck inside a frozen margarita glass. The Mangorita (P350/carafe) and the Watermelon and Celery Fizz are blast of the tropics, perfect for the hot summer.
Quesadilla Burger (P525). Not a fan of thick and big burger buns, then you’ll enjoy this unique take. Jack and Cheddar quesadilla stuffed with beef patty, Mexi-ranch sauce, pico de gallo and shredded lettuce. The Mexican flavors blend quite well with the beef and with the crispier quesadilla providing a lighter textural crunch.
Triple Bacon All In Burger (P495). If you can’t get enough of bacon then this burger is for you. Bacon and beef burger patty topped with crispy bacon, bbq bacon ranch sauce and cheese.
Bourbon Street Steak (P995). Cajun rubbed, 7 oz. steak topped with sauteed onions and mushrooms with a side of crispy potatoes.
Fiesta Lime Chicken (P395). It’s like a fiesta exploded on your plate with colors everywhere. Grilled chicken with zesty lime sauce, Mexi-ranch dressing and Jack cheddar. Strips of red and purple tortilla for extra crunch with a side of mexi-rice and pico de gallo. The chicken is juicy and has a cheesy and citrus tang flavor that will have your wiping out the side of rice.
Pork Ribs (P650/half, P950/full), served with corn on the cob, fries and coleslaw. You have a choice of honey bbq, smoky chipotle, spicy sweet Asian chili, and Korean bbq. You can request them to do 2 flavors for a full slab order like what we had. My fave is the smoky chipotle for the ribs, adds a nice kick to the meat.
Kids will be mighty happy too when eating at Applebee’s. They can order the Teddy Bear Burger and pair it with an Oreo cookie shake.
They’ve also got some nice desserts like the Butter Pecan Brownie (P325) and the Triple Chocolate Meltdown (P295).
I had no idea what to expect when I went to Applebee’s but the food really surprised me. The flavors are myriad and work really well together. They have tweaked the recipes from the American franchise and suited it to the local palate and people who have dined at both are commenting how much better the Philippine store is.
Applebee’s PhilippinesW Global Center
30th Street corner 9th Avenue
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Contact No.: (632) 801-9662