It took me a long time to get to Heaven ”˜n Eggs, an all day breakfast place that everyone had been either telling or asking me about. I did make it to their first branch in Tomas Morato way back in May, but was unable to eat there when the server told me, “Ma’am, you’re next behind a party of 30. Would you mind waiting?”
That I did, but I don’t mind driving the distance when it comes to food, and I was planning on going back anyway. So it was a nice surprise when Heaven n’ Eggs opened up a branch in Glorietta. Since weekends are all about heavy breakfasts and eating things I don’t normally get to eat during the week, I hied over there on a Saturday morning with my Bin and Boo. We got there just a little after 9 and soon, there was a waiting line.
This is a place where the seats are swings and the servers wear wings. (Huh, say that again?) Seriously, it takes some getting used to ”“ the seats in the middle are swings which really sway back and forth. There are “more normal” tables and chairs along the sides and towards the back of the restaurant. The servers, both men and women, wear t-shirts in an adorable sky blue with the words, ”˜I am your angel’ on the front, and white tulle wings pinned at the back. Cute, not kitschy. The restaurant itself is done up in yellow light, all luminous and bright. It really looks and feels like a fine day in there.
Of course I just had to snag a table with a swing, so taken was I with its uniqueness. The table is a bit far from the swing, so I had to pull the table closer to me, which was great for me, but inconvenient for my Bin. We ended up having a semi tug-of-war with our little table. Boo gave up on the swing and opted for a high chair.
Of course after you’re done taking in the ambience, you zero in on the food. The usual suspects include pancakes, waffles, and eggs, which you can have done six ways: scrambled, egg white omelet, sunny-side up, over-easy, poached, and baked. There are soups, pasta dishes, salads, sandwiches, and Filipino rice dishes, of which the Angus Tapa and Eggs is supremely popular. Heavier dishes include pork chops and eggs, and steak with eggs. There’s also a complete line of coffee and tea drinks, soft drinks, milkshakes, and flavored sodas (P50-P65), which come from a true-blue soda fountain machine.
I’m a sucker for eggs Benedict, so I ordered the Bagel Benedict (P175): cream cheese smeared on a garlic bagel topped with a thick slice of ham and a poached egg slathered with Hollandaise sauce. I was incredibly happy with it, although I had to laugh at the wedge of orange that came with it. It almost seemed like an after thought that proceeds the ingestion of all that fat; my “healthy food for the day,” if you will. (Think: munching on a 1-pound bag of M&M’s and washing it down with a Coke Light).
We also ordered classic waffles (P90), which looked a bit lonely: just a scoop of whipped butter sitting in the middle. But the waffles were good ”“ somewhat soft with just a hint of crunch. (I don’t like crunchy waffles). Heaven ”˜n Eggs believes in choices, which is always laudable in my book, hence, four kinds of syrup to go with your food: coconut, peach, pineapple, and ever-reliable maple. There’s also a small container of blueberry preserves. I particularly liked the coconut syrup — I’m one of those coconut-loving people, but if you think coconut has a texture similar to day-old cuticles, then leave it alone.
A good breakfast is never complete without a steaming cuppa hot choco. Heaven ”˜ Eggs offers the native tsokolate, which wasn’t available when I was around, so I settled for the Cloud 9 (P65). Smooth and sweet, it goes down the hatch very well, and the generous dollop of whipped cream helps it along beautifully.
This may be the first and last time I will ever finish a meal by swaying back and forth on a swing. As I sat there rocking gently watching my Bin and Boo arguing over the last two spoonfuls of java rice, I patted my stomach and thought, “Yeah, heaven could be a lot like this.”
Heaven ”˜n Eggs
last updated April 27, 2006
G/F CKB Bldg.
Tomas Morato corner Sct. Rallos
1/F Glorietta 4
Ayala Center, Makati
Open 7 am ”“ 12 midnight
1/F Market! Market!
Taguig, Metro Manila