Another day, another place selling fluffy pancakes. Ever since the trend from Japan gained traction on social media, the highly-instagrammable souffle pancakes that set up shop up here have been selling like hotcakes. Here’s where you can get yourself some of the good fluffy stuff.
If you’re familiar with Osaka, chances are you probably would’ve heard of Gram Cafe and Pancakes before. Renowned for their iconic, lofty yet wobbly tower of fluffy souffle pancakes, the pancake house has decided to open their first store in Singapore on 16 June. The pancakes are served with maple syrup, homemade butter, and whipped cream — a simple yet delectable combination that reflects the quality in Gram’s choice of ingredients for their pancakes, which have spawned long queues in Japan.
Because of the amount of care that goes into preparing their souffle pancakes while trying to ease the expected queue, and in order to uphold their top-shelf standards, Gram is only serving up their premium fluffy pancakes three times a day. Batches are ready at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. — with only 30 pancakes being made available for order each time. The place also offers other flavours such as their rich tiramisu pancakes and savoury chilli con carne pancakes which, although not as fluffy, are still very yummy.
#02–110/111, Vivocity. Tel: 8666-6277.
No stranger to tea time affairs and cakes, Antoinette is shaking up their menu again with a range of souffle pancakes. A classic treatment to the stack is the Tres Berries, with light creme Chantilly and berries to top off the stack. But here’s where it gets interesting. The Creme Brulee comes with a torched vanilla custard over the pancakes, while the Ondeh Ondeh offers a local twist with a pandan-flavoured custard, finished with coconut flakes and gula melaka syrup.
If you don’t have a sweet tooth but still want a piece of the pie, they have two savoury options — the Forestiere that comes with a creamy mushroom sauce, an omelette and a salad, or the Benedict with an omelette, serrano ham and hollandaise sauce.
30 Penhas Road. Tel: 6293-3121.
Riz Labo Kitchen
Another player in the puffy pancakes game is Riz Labo Kitchen from Tokyo. Located in the Japan Food Town of Wisma Atria, Riz Labo does their pancakes in a few signature styles — covered in matcha powder and served with azuki beans; with chocolate syrup and chocolate ice cream; or simply drenched in icing sugar and paired with a helping of cream.
Level 4, Wisma Atria. Tel: 6262-3425.
Fruits are a recurring theme in the business of Hoshino Coffee’s fluffy pancakes. Find strawberries and blueberries sitting on a souffle pancake with strawberry whipped cream. Brunch sets with the souffle pancake are also available if you’re looking for something that isn’t too sweet before midday. In conjunction with the recent opening of Jewel and their 10th branch there, they’ve also put out a branch-exclusive Jewel pancake that is adorned with a medley of fruits.
Available at all Hoshino Coffee outlets.
Belle-ville Pancake Cafe
Also hailing from Osaka is another stack of puffy pancakes by Belle-ville Pancake Cafe. Their signature, which they call the “millefeuille pancake”, comes in two flavours – original or matcha – in a stack of four or eight. Choose from an array of toppings – be it chocolate or vanilla ice cream, fresh cream, or azuki red beans. Alternatively, have it as part of a breakfast set which includes a drink, finished with a salad and hotdogs; a salad, egg and bacon; or simply on its own.
#01-14B, 100 Am Mall. Tel: 6787-4389. Or #01-01B, Bugis Junction. Tel: 6255-5456.
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