The new normal has changed the way we eat and live. Restaurants have not been exempt from this paradigm shift. All-day American breakfast joint Denny’s is among the establishments that have adjusted to the post-COVID new normal.
I last reviewed the Eastwood Mall branch of Denny’s back in May 2019, way before the pandemic broke out. Denny’s still operated 24/7 that time: It remained open while most establishments in Eastwood City have already shuttered their doors for the day. This place would definitely accommodate you if you craved pancakes or any particular breakfast fare in the middle of the night.
However, the community quarantine in Metro Manila prompted a change in operating hours. Government authorities ordered a curfew from 12:00 midnight to 5:00 in the morning. Denny’s finally had some breathing room from its usual 24/7 operations.
Social distancing signs and alcohol pumps are on every table.
Indeed, “always look on the sunny side” of life.
Happy (and hearty) holidays!
It adjusted its business hours from 6:00 in the morning until 11:00 in the evening, with a seven-hour closing period. Not bad as most restaurants would open at a later time. The other restaurant near Denny’s that opened early was UCC Park Cafe, which welcomed diners at 7:00 am.
There were some periods that I usually headed over to Denny’s for breakfast just for a change. The joint also revised its menu, eliminating some items and adding new ones. It also implemented standard health protocols such as frequent sanitization, temperature checks, and contact tracing procedures.
I personally do not mind the new business hours and the new protocol. If anything, it just reassured me that Denny’s is definitely a safe diner and a safe place.
Now, let’s proceed to what you people visit this blog for: the food.
BREWED COFFEE: Nothing special, but it suffices if you want your daily dose of caffeine alongside breakfast.
CRISPY CRUNCH PORK BELLY: Denny’s take on lechon kawali is satisfying, especially with the garlic rice and egg pairing.
ALL-TIME BREAKFAST: The bacon and longganiza (Philippine sausage) is more than sufficient for the rice! I got this free as a part of their Buy One, Get One (BOGO) deal.
CHICKEN TERIYAKI: You might wonder why a Japanese favorite is in the menu of an American diner.
Nevertheless, this one tasted exceptional — if not for the slightly burnt chicken skin. But then again, even the skin is flavorful too!
15 PIECE WINGS BASKET: I liked the Asian BBQ Glaze and Honey Garlic flavors, but I regret taking the Buffalo Wings flavor. Oh well, chalking it to experience.
EXTRA GARLIC RICE: I ordered this to accompany the wings; after all, wings with rice is never a bad idea.
ALL-AMERICAN SLAM: I know this is the American slam, but it looks too small for an American serving. Maybe the serving was Filipinized (read: reduced serving sizes for Filipinos with smaller appetites?)
CHOCO OVERLOADED PEANUT BUTTER PANCAKE: This tasted more chocolate overload than peanut butter!
BIBINGKA PANCAKE: The classic Christmas specialty bibingka (Filipino rice cake) combined with the Denny’s signature pancake, mixed with cheese and topped with salted egg and toasted coconut.
I found it lacking despite the Christmas theme. Maybe some muscuvado would brighten it up?
CLASSIC PANCAKE: I found this seriously lacking, despite the crushed Speculoos topping.
Good thing Denny’s had pancake syrup to brighten up this thing!
CLASSIC WAFFLE: The better option, I must say. The crispy waffle paired very well with butter and the pancake syrup!
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Until the next post, bon appetit and stay safe!
G/F Eastwood Mall,
Eastwood City, Bagumbayan,
Libis, Quezon City 1110