East what? East Village, a mall of sorts at Simpang Bedok has become occupied with many restaurants and cafes. You may not ventur to this part of Singapore, but there are some places waiting to be discovered.
Sarah’s The Pancake Café offers homemade pancakes and crepes with a different twist, as such the adding ‘chendol’ to a crepe. Service is personable and friendly. And it’s halal.
Indulge your appetite for sweet and savoury versions of the pancakes. The café is very focused on getting them right, so you hardly see the other usual café peripherals like wings, cakes and ice cream. Therefore, it felt one step lacking to a more complete experience.
Savoury pancakes included Wild Mushrooms ($12.00), The Benedict ($15.00), Ultimate Cheese ($13.00) and Morning Run ($12.00) – that’s with scrambled eggs, turkey bacon and mixed egg.
We were recommend the Al Istanbul ($14.00), different from the usual suspects on the list, and contained stack of grated potato pancakes with smoked Turkey ham slice.
Hmm… the pancakes were light and fluffy, and the creamy potato tasted surfaced somewhat after you dug to the bottom. Great on the first few bites, definitely one of the better ones around, but we couldn’t get pass one shared.
The plate of three pancakes felt it needed some variety, some balance, some more ingredients thrown to make every mouthful less boring.
We appreciated the creativity that came in the form of an Ala Dol ($12.00) – Chendol inspired crepe topped with sweet corn kernel, attap chee and green pandan jelly, and coconut ice cream on the side. A cut in the middle would reveal sweet red bean paste.
It was both delicious and fun, but a larger drizzle of gula melaka and (I couldn’t imagine I say this) but smaller portions would work better. I could imagine a group of 3-5 sharing this because it got ‘jelat’ (heavy).
Coffee is from a local Santino house blend, full bodied with slightly nutty chocolaty aftertaste.
Definitely a promising pancake café. Do drop by if you are in the vicinity, because once East Village gets some traffic, they will be crowded. It would have been perfect if they sold some local ice cream.
To borrow their words, good, but they can do batter.
Sarah’s The Pancake Café (Simpang Bedok)
430 Upper Changi Rd, #01-062 East Village Singapore 487048
(Nearest MRT Station – Tanah Merah followed by a bus trip Bus No. 2 or 9 and alight at only the second bus stop)
Opening Hours: 11:15am – 10pm (Mon – Thurs), 2:30pm – 10:30pm (Fri), 9am – 10:30pm (Sat – Sun)
*Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.