”Baby, Baby, Baby, oh…” Not opened by Justin Bieber even though the name of the café reminded us of his song “Baby”. A Dutch baby pancake, sometimes called a German pancake, is a sweet popover that is typically served for breakfast.
Neither Dutch nor German though. Located at the basement of The Paragon (diagonally across Starbucks Coffee), Dutch Baby Café is opened by the people behind Japan Food Holdings.
Think Ajisen Ramen, Menya Musashi, Ginza Kushi Katsu and Fruit Paradise which is served as one of the desserts here. So… we didn’t quite what to expect initially.
Dutch Baby’s interior exuded a girly and homely feel, as my female friends squealed at the neat and clean design, red-bricked walls and comfy sofa seats in a dollhouse setting.
Even the food items are made into actual size models on display, tempting us with the 3D appearance.
Orders can be made through a touch screen monitor, available at each table. Waiting time can take about 20-25 minutes on a non-peak day. So baby, please don’t faint.
Their signature Dutch Baby Pancakes ($11.80 – $13.80), available in both Sweet and Savoury versions, are made with eggs, flour, sugar and milk on hot cast iron pans straight from the oven.
Each skillet is “dressed” in checked-cloth with a cute little ribbon tied. Kawaii desu~
The Dutch Baby Pancake came in either ala carte or with a cup of Brewed Black Coffee or Soft Drinks with a $3 top-up.
Premium drink selection such as Earl Grey Tea, English Breakfast Tea or Yuzu Tea would be available at an additional $4.
While all the “babies” looked aesthetically cute, we preferred the sweet Dutch Baby Pancake to the savoury versions.
There were some parts we like – the egg and crispy edges, the slightly doughy bottom layer, and sweet mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries) which also added a fruity touch.
We didn’t quite like the whipped cream, which we thought was redundant. Perhaps a bigger scoop of ice cream would make the dessert a lot more enjoyable.
Apart from the Dutch Baby Pancakes, the Baked Cheese Curry Rice was more of the highlight to our table.
There Is a choice of 3 flavours: Keema aka minced meat ($13.80), Eggplant ($13.80) and Lemon Chicken ($14.80).
Each rice grain evenly coated with Japanese mild curry, spiciness level so insignificant that children could enjoy.
Time to grab some sweet little Dutch babies (pancake) after a day of shopping at The Paragon? “Baby, Baby, Baby, oh…”
Dutch Baby Cafe
The Paragon, B1-13, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859 (Orchard MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
* Written by Daniel’s Food Diary Cafe Correspondent Nicholas Tan @stormscape.