Maple, located in San Antonio Plaza Arcade in Makati, is the newest concept by the Pancake House group. It is an upscale version of Pancake House with a totally different menu and look. It serves all day breakfast items couple with some Creole inspired dishes like jambalaya and blackened chicken.
A heavy wooden door with a maple tree silhouette beckons one to enter.
Inside is a smallish seating area with weathered wood plank flooring, dark wood seating and orange splashes. The area is inviting, cozy and makes you feel at home. You also can’t miss seeing the wall filled with bottles of different hued maple syrups.
The small touches and attention to detail at Maple extends to this intricately maple leaf shaped paper place mat.
Complimentary rolls, with a maple glaze, was served as we waited for our orders. The glazing was nice but the bread was too hard.
Lauren was scanning the menu when her eyes fell upon the Big Maple Breakfast (P540). Came with an assortment of breakfast staples, 3 pancakes, bacon, eggs, potatoes and sausages. Lauren shared some of her order with us since its really big, perfectly fine to share between two adults. I got to try remnants of bacon which Lauren found too meaty, perfectly fine for me though. The bacon was slightly sweet because of the maple glaze, making it doubly good. I actually went to the supermarket after to buy a pack of maple flavored bacon.
The sausages were not to Lauren’s liking so I ended up eating those two pieces. Nicely seasoned and juicy, its one of the best breakfast sausage links I’ve ever had. The country fries on the side were nicely spiced and crisp, perfect.
We even wrapped two of the remaining pancakes.
I was debating between ordering the Prime Rib Tapa and the Spaetzle Jambalaya. The Spaetzle Jambalaya (P390) won out since I would be sharing it with Irene who does not eat beef. We first came across spaetzle (a European noodle made from egg, flour and salt) at Magyar. It was a bit weird seeing it used in a creole dish but since we like both jambalaya and spaetzle, we said “bahala na”. The dish was nicely presented in a skillet and had loads of Chilean mussels and a couple of medium sized shrimps. The spaetzle added a bit of chewiness that is not present in jambalaya’s using rice. The sauce has a bit of spiciness but it just enhanced the flavor.
I’ve always had this fascination with pancake towers with butter on top and syrup flowing down the sides so we ordered the Blueberry and Cream Cheese Pancake Tower (P450). The combination seems like adding pancakes to blueberry cheesecake, a bit off in theory but perfect in taste. There’s a generous amount of blueberry compote for us, we actually had to remove some. Adding a bit of pancake syrup makes it even better even with the blueberry. You may have noticed that I said pancake syrup and not maple syrup since they don’t serve it at Maple. Pretty weird if you ask me but maple syrup is expensive, perchance as an add-on in the future.
Maple is set to open at Shargri-la Plaza mall soon and a much bigger space at that. I can’t wait to go back since its much closer. I’ve been sorely disappointed with the quality of Pancake House the last two times I’ve eaten there, different branches at that.
Maple2/F San Antonio Plaza Arcade
50 Mckinley Road, Forbes Park,
Makati City 621-6211
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