Belle-Ville Pancake Cafe
Named after the French neighbourhood in Paris, the 30-seat pancake cafe serves made-to-order fluffy “millefeuille” pancakes – a reference to the layered French pastry.
Upon order, egg whites are hand-whipped and added to the batter made with egg yolks, Hokkaido milk and Japanese flour. Prices start at $7.90 for four pieces of plain pancakes topped with buttercream.
Or pick from pancake stacks layered with fruit and fresh cream. Options include grilled apple with house-made caramel pancakes (from $12.20 for four pieces); and strawberry and mixed berry pancakes (from $11.90 for two pieces). Add $1 each for toppings such as vanilla ice cream and azuki red beans, or add $3.50 for a drink set. The cafe also offers a small selection of sandwiches, coffee, tea and juice.
#01-01B, Bugis Junction Towers, 230 Victoria Street
Riz Labo Kitchen
The brand from Omotesando in Tokyo specialises in gluten-free pancakes made with organic rice flour, brown sugar, organic soya milk, and rice oil instead of butter. Prices start at $15 for the original pancake. It also offers a matcha pancake (above, $18) and a premium chocolate ice cream pancake ($18). Exclusive to Singapore is a hojicha (roasted green tea) pancake ($18) and a limited-edition pancake with strawberries.
Level 4, Japan Food Town, Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Road
Kyushu Pancake Cafe
The two-year-old cafe, which specialises in seven-grain pancakes, often introduces new items in line with the seasonal menu of its outlet in Japan. It currently offers the limited-edition Annou Imo Pancakes ($15), made with honey sweet potatoes from Miyazaki Prefecture and topped with premium milk ice cream.
Also on offer are savoury dishes featuring pancakes. They include Eggs Benedict (above, $18) with tomato, asparagus and bacon, and Kyushu Sunny Day ($19) with a chilli meat sauce and a sunny-side-up egg.
Signature desserts include the Berry-licious Pancake ($16.90) and Matcha MontBlanc ($18).
#01-08 Novena Regency, 275 Thomson Road
Eggs 'N Things
Its name may highlight eggs, but the casual restaurant from Waikiki, Hawaii, is best known for fluffy buttermilk pancakes topped with housemade whipped cream and macadamia nuts. Pick from fruit such as strawberry, banana, pineapple and blueberry to go with the pancakes (above, $19.90). The extensive menu also offers Eggs Benedict, waffles with a choice of fruit, and omelette options.
#03-79 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road
Probably the most affordable souffle pancake option so far, sweeT.Rex is a hawker stall that serves no-frills, Japanese-style pancakes at $3 for two pieces.
The pancakes are topped with just chocolate, strawberry (above) or caramel sauce. The stall also sells flavoured pudding ($2) and cheesecakes ($3.80).
It opens only on weekends. But once the stall gets halal certification, it will likely open more frequently from next month.
#02-47 Mei Ling Market & Food Centre, 159 Mei Chin Road
Text: Eunice Quek/Straits Times