Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, is almost here. Tuesday March 1 to be exact. But, pancakes are a wonderful thing to eat, any time of year and at any time of day. Have it for brunch, or for a late-night snack, and mix it up with as many different toppings as you like. Luckily, Melbourne has a huge amount of cafés that are serving up these goodies with fun and flair. Here are some of the top places around Melbourne to try some pancakes.
1. Stokers Fine Pancakes
Tuck into some delicious pancakes for dessert at this cosy café in South Melbourne. Open until late at night, this little restaurant offers a wide range of options, from the sweet to the savoury. Pair your pancakes with an alcoholic hot chocolate, and you’ve got your date night sorted. If you’d rather have pancakes for brunch, Stokers is also open at select hours in the day on weekends.
Find Stokers Fine Pancakes at 231 Clarendon St, South Melbourne VIC 3205.
2. The Kettle Black
The Kettle Black’s Blueberry and Ricotta Hotcake is fluffy and spongey and not very tall, but what it lacks in stackable height, it makes up for with taste. And then some as it piles on the fruit and berries, edible flowers, double cream and maple syrup. Aside from looking pretty, there’s a reason why this meal pops up on Instagram feeds.
Find The Kettle Black on 50 Albert Rd, South Melbourne VIC 3205.
3. Roule Galette
Visit Roule Galette for your French fix. Plating up the traditional savoury treats from Brittany in France, these delicious buckwheat creations are perfect for your next brunch outing. Try it with camembert, sausages, ham off the bone and more. If you’d prefer something sweet, there’s a whole range of sweet crepes to choose from too.
Find Roule Galette in the CBD at Scott Alley, 241 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC 3000 or in Carnegie at 104 Koornang Road, Carnegie, VIC 3163.
4. Two Birds One Stone
Enjoy a delightfully brunch at this café in South Yarra. While there’s heaps of tasty items on the breakfast menu, you’ll have to try the ricotta pancakes at least once. Sink your teeth into a satisfying stack, and taste the tangy rhubarb and raspberry compote, with vanilla mascarpone, seasonal fruit and toasted pistachios.
Find Two Birds One Stone at 12 Claremont St, South Yarra VIC 3141.
5. Higher Ground
Just like Two Birds One Stone, Higher Ground is here to tempt you with their sumptuous ricotta hotcakes. It’s a visual feast, decked out with colourful flowers and seasonal berries. Find some texture and crunch with some seeds and grains, and soften it up with some maple syrup and cream.
Find Higher Ground in the city at 650 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000.
6. Fresh Air & Pancake
Enjoy delicious Japanese soufflé pancakes at Fresh Air & Pancake. See the pancakes wiggle and jiggle, and try delicious flavours like Thai milk tea, tiramisu, lychee and salted caramel.
Find this sweet pancake place in the city, on 299 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000. They’re open every day, from 11am to 1:45am.
7. Tinker Northcote
Tinker is going for the gold with their Golden Gaytime Hotcakes. Indulge in buttermilk hotcakes, drenched in a house-made honeycomb and milk chocolate sauce. On top, you’ll find salted caramel ice cream, with malt biscuit crumble and strawberry. You’ll get a sugar high, and it’ll be worth every moment.
Find Tinker Northcote at 235 High St, Northcote VIC 3070.
8. Lenny 3206
Feel bright and fruity with the Strawberries & Cream Hotcake from Lenny 3206. Pair your buttermilk hotcakes with caramel custard, apple mascarpone, milk crumb for texture, and a heap of bright strawberries for that burst of flavour.
Find Lenny 3206 at 113 Victoria Ave, Albert Park VIC 3206.
9. Ninety Nine Pancakes
Indulge in a whole heap of different pancake options at this Hawthorn store. There, you’ll find a range of soufflé pancakes, crepes, Dutch Poffertjes, galettes and more! With a variety of sweet and savoury options, the only question is, what will you try first?
Find Ninety Nine Pancakes at 642 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122.
10. Adozen Adozen
Visit this Carlton café for soft and fluffy Japanese pancakes. Enjoy sweet toppings, like seasonal fruit or white chocolate sauce on your soufflé pancakes, and pair it with a milk tea, fruity drink, or specialty coffee beverage.
Find Adozen Adozen at 188 Queensberry St, Carlton VIC 3053.