Our guide to the best places to go for fluffy pancakes and crepes
Pancake, flapjack, hotcake, griddlecake, panqueque, Dutch babies – call them what you want, but the pancake is an undeniable global icon. We were so flat out (ha ha, geddit!), sampling these fluffy delights on Pancake Day recently (otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday), that we thought we better put our findings to good use for the masses. Here are 18 places in Singapore where flour, milks and eggs combine with results so delicious, that you’re better off making a booking rather than making a mess at home.
Best buttermilk pancakes
Get your buttermilk pancake fix at Nosh Restaurant & Bar, where they’re served with cinnamon butter, cardamom-maple syrup, fresh fruit, and whipped cream ($14). Or sink your teeth into Dean and Deluca’s Berries and Flapjacks ($18), a stack of soft and fluffy oat and buttermilk pancakes, served with fresh mixed berries, cream, and drizzled with organic maple syrup.
Nosh Restaurant & Bar, 9 Rochester Park, Singapore 139220, p. 6779 4644. Open for brunch Sat-Sun 1030am-230pm; Dean and Deluca, #04-23/24 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896, p. 6509 7708. Open daily 11am-10pm.
Best ricotta pancakes
For some of the best ricotta pancakes in town, head to Skyve Elementary Bistro & Bar, where you’ll find them served with passionfruit butter, roasted almond flakes, fresh banana slices, and lashings of maple syrup ($16). Jewel Cafe & Bar does a pretty good version too, with your choice of caramelised bananas, strawberries, or blueberries, topped with lemon zest mascarpone and a liberal dose of maple syrup ($12). If you want a classic, Suprette serves them with honey butter, golden syrup, and chunks of banana ($14). Psst, Riders Café has limited portions of their lemon ricotta pancakes ($14) so make sure you get there before they sell out.
Skyve Elementary Bistro & Bar, #01-17 Blk E 10 Winstedt Road, Singapore 227977, p. 6225 6690. Open daily 10am-late; Jewel Café & Bar, 129 Rangoon Road, Singapore, 218407, p. 6298 9216. Open Tue-Thu 9am-10pm, Fri-Sat 9am-12am, Sun 9am-10pm; Suprette, 383 Jalan Besar, Singapore 209001, p. 6298 8962. Open Sun-Thu 7am-1130pm, Fri-Sat 7am-2am. Riders Café, Bukit Timah Saddle Club, 51 Fairways Drive, Singapore 286965, p. 6466 9819. Open Sun-Thu 8am-9pm, Fri-Sat 8am-10pm.
Best French-style pancakes
Snatch a taste of Paris with blinis, traditional French style pancakes, from Antoinette. For something sweet, try them with blueberries, crème Chantilly, and maple syrup ($12). Want something more breakfast-y? The blinis with grilled sausage, French butter, grilled tomato, and a side salad is your best bet ($14.50).
Antoinette, multiple locations, see website for details.
Most indulgent pancakes
So you have an insatiable sweet tooth, eh? Pop over to Food for Thought (National Museum branch) for salted coconut caramel, banana, and walnut pancakes ($13). It even comes topped with fresh cream and gula melaka syrup on the side. If your stomach can handle it, try House @ Dempsey’s seven-layer pancake. Work your way through a stack of seven fluffy butter pancakes ($19), layered with a mixture of Nutella, raisins, dried apricots, hazelnuts, pistachios, and maple syrup.
Best healthy pancakes
Watching your waistline but want to get in on the fun? Then head to The Living Cafe, and get yourself a serving of their wholemeal pancakes served with either caramelised bananas ($8) or freshly cut fruit and a drizzle of honey ($10).
The Living Café, 779 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269758, p. 6468 4482. Open Mon 11am-7pm, Tue-Fri 11am-10pm, Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 9am-7pm.
It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die! At Spruce, the fluffy banana hotcakes ($14) are served with honeycomb butter and blueberry syrup. At Roadhouse, they come with maple-caramelised bananas, strawberries, pecans, and whipped cream ($14).
Pancakes with a view
Hello, Prive Café. Enjoy an amazing view of the waterfront while you chow down on a stack of pancakes served with fresh strawberries, bananas, honeycomb pieces and whipped cream, drizzled with maple syrup ($13).
Prive Café, 2 Keppel Bay Vista, Singapore 098382, p. 6776 0777. Open daily 9am-12am.
Best pancake stacks
Ok, none of those newfangled creations for you. At Wild Honey, The Canadian Pancake ($19), a stack of classic pancakes served with wild forest berry compote, Canadian back bacon, and real Canadian maple syrup, is one of the most popular items. Also check out Flock, where you can enjoy a stack of fluffy pancakes served with berries compote and fresh cream ($12.90).
Best homestyle pancakes
Munch on the best homestyle pancakes at The Fabulous Baker Boy. We can’t go past Grandma’s Original Homemade pancakes ($8), which are oh so good drizzled with maple syrup and served with a thick pat of butter.
The Fabulous Baker Boy, #01-15 The Foothills, 70 River Valley Road, Singapore 179037, p. 6694 8336. Open Tue-Thu 11am-6pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-5pm.
Best customisable pancakes
Wake the littlies and get a-playin’ at Slappy Cakes! Simply choose a batter from 5 different types, pick your fixings from a wide range of fruit, nuts, cheeses, or meats, and then add your toppings. They also have recommended combinations but where’s the fun in following instructions? Make your own, we say.
Slappy Cakes, #01-20/21 The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287994, p. 6465 1814. Open Mon-Fri 10am-930pm, Sat-Sun 8am-930pm.
Most surprising pancakes
Think out of the box with unconventional pancakes at Strictly Pancakes, where you’re sure to be spoilt for choice. For the sweet toothed, try the Bananas-Scotched ($11), or Lemon Curds for the Nerds ($10). Otherwise, get the Garlic Buttered Prawns ($14) – a hot fave – or Chicken A La King ($13).
Strictly Pancakes, 44A Prinsep Street, Singapore 188674, p. 6333 4202 and 81 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 455220, p. 6448 7332.
Top image: Slappy Cakes