Pancakes have always been a breakfast staple, but let's face it – it's too delicious to just have it in the mornings. Ever since Singaporeans caught wind of how strikingly 'grammable pancakes can be, renditions of this dish have been popping up in restaurants and cafés everywhere. Here's a list of the most Instagrammable pancakes in town, from inch-thick hotcakes and eight-layer stacks to cartoonishly fluffy Japanese soufflé pancakes. Cue the wobbling.
Direct from Osaka is Gram Café & Pancakes, which has attracted snaking queues in Japan from those eager to get a taste of its soufflé pancakes. Its signature item, the premium pancakes ($17.90), is a towering stack that is three layers thick. The dish is available at 11am, 3pm and 6pm daily, with servings limited to 30 portions each time. If you’re lucky enough to be one of the few, be sure to ‘gram the wobbling tower. It’s guaranteed to make everyone on your feed go green with envy. Gram Café also prides itself on making its butter, sauces and whipped cream in-house, and if you miss its premium pancakes, don’t be disheartened. Equally delectable offerings include the tiramisu pancakes ($15.90) – a fluffy concoction of espresso-soaked layers generously slathered with mascarpone cream and dusted with fine cocoa powder – and the mixed fruits and chocolate pancakes ($15.90). Savoury options like the turkey bacon and scrambled egg pancakes ($18.90) are also available for those so inclined.
Kyushu's Matcha Mont Blanc ($18) is its most 'gram-worthy offering, with a mountain of matcha cream that sits atop a stack of spongy pancakes. The joint also prides itself on its pancake mix, made using several different types of grains – there's sprouted brown rice from Miyazaki, millet from Nagasaki, pressed barley from the Saga prefecture, and wheat from the Oita prefecture, just to name a few. To add a subtle sweetness, raw sugar from Okinawa is added. The resulting mix is free of emulsifiers, artificial fragrance, additives and processed starch, so you can enjoy those fluffy pancakes guilt-free. Its current seasonal special is the Hojicha mousse pancakes ($12.90), served with Hojicha mousse and jelly and topped with vanilla ice cream.
Yes, this is another chain from Japan, but unlike its counterparts, Belle-Ville's speciality does not lie in soufflé pancakes. Rather, it's known for its "mille feuille pancakes" – layers of light meringue pancakes made from scratch with Japanese wheat flour, milk and Hokkaido cream. Diners can opt for the original (four for $7.90, eight for $11.90), or go for the more colourful and Insta-worthy options like the strawberry and mixed berries (two for $11.90, four for $14.40) and the grilled apple with homemade caramel (four for $12.20, eight for $16.20). As the saying goes, the more the merrier – and in this case, it definitely applies to pancakes.
This Parisian-inspired pâtisserie has been making waves on the local scene for its array of delicate confections that look too good to eat. The introduction of soufflé pancakes to its menu is only going to make the joint more popular. Sweet options include the berries and chantilly cream, locally influenced ondeh ondeh, and the unique crème brûlée – with vanilla custard and torched caramel layered over the pancakes ($16 each). Its savoury offerings come with omelettes and a choice of either creamy mushroom sauce and salad ($16), or slices of jamón serrano and hollandaise ($18).
Earlybird stands out – not just for being one of the few savoury options on the list, but for how good its chicken and pancakes ($19) taste. The buttermilk pancakes are satisfyingly crisp around the edges with a soft, well-done centre, while the generous helping of fried chicken is crunchy and flavourful. Its housemade chilli maple is unique as well, providing a subtle sweetness with an edge.
Curious Palette's known for its coffee – after all, it's home to current world siphon coffee champion Ryan Tan – but its food offerings aren't lacking either. Specialities include the berry ricotta hotcakes ($14.90) and the wagyu truffle burger ($26.90). The former comes stunningly plated in an explosion of fruits and florals, making for a stunning 'gram, and is also available in a rum and raisin option ($15.90). Wood accents, potted plants and whitewashed walls in the café provide the perfect backdrop.
Demand at Riz Labo's pop-up in Wisma Atria was so overwhelming that it's now been made a permanent fixture. The popular soufflé pancake store only has one outlet at upscale district Omotesandō in Tokyo, so to have it in Singapore is a rare treat, and your visit definitely has to be immortalised on the 'gram. Riz Labo's pancakes, unlike at most other places, are made with gluten-free Japanese rice flour. To achieve the fluffy texture and sweetness, egg whites and Kagoshima brown sugar are added. The result is an airy pile of pancakes (from $15) that have the lightness and texture of a castella cake.
While Kafe Utu is the first African-themed café in Singapore, its brunch offerings favour Western influences. Of note is the ricotta hotcakes ($24), made with Hokkaido milk and topped with ricotta cheese, cardamom maple syrup, mixed berries and a generous scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. The carefully plated dish is as Instagrammable as Kafe Utu's interior, with its rustic furnishings and cosy second-floor lounge.
If you want to get creative with your pancakes – and we mean real creative – get cookin' at Slappy Pancakes, where you can choose a batter from five different flavours like pandan, chocolate, peanut, wholegrain and buttermilk to create your masterpiece at your own table. Pick your fixings from a choice of fruits, nuts, cheeses and meats (yes, make your own savoury pancakes!) before you go crazy with the toppings. Don't forget to 'gram the whole process, which is sure to be a riot.
Poofy was borne out of the collaboration between Habitat by Honestbee and Riz Labo Kitchen. The Riz Labo chefs even trained Poofy's staff for a month to perfect its recipes and cooking methods. Despite this, Poofy isn't just a copycat offshoot of the eminent Japanese brand. It has created its own pancake dish ($14) made with Takaragasa soft wheat flour. The eggy, fluffy stacks are served with berries and a dollop of chantilly cream, perfect for your 'gram. And if you're dropping by, don't miss the adorable Hokkaido milk soft serve ($6) – with its thick, creamy layers, it looks like it came straight out of a Ghibli film.
Originally from New York, Clinton Street has built a following in Singapore thanks to its buttermilk fried chicken with waffles ($21) and buttermilk pancakes ($19). The latter comes with a serving of warm maple butter and a choice of blueberries, banana walnut or chocolate chunks. Remember to snap one for the 'gram before digging in.
"So. Much. Cream." Is often the first thought when faced with the pancakes from Eggs 'n Things. The Insta-friendly dish at this Hawaiian chain eatery comes in several different options. You can have them made with banana, pineapple, strawberry ($19.90 each) or blueberry ($21.90). It also serves up an extensive all-day breakfast menu that consists of other breakfast staples like waffles, acai bowls and, of course, eggs done a variety of ways.