When I was a boy and got upset, getting papa to bring me hotcakes from that fast-food restaurant made me happy. I didn’t know much about those tiny packets of maple syrup and butter – I just knew the more I poured, the more I spread, the better I felt.
Growing up, I see so many different versions of pancakes and hotcakes around, topped with ice cream, cream cheese, jam, fruit, chocolate to egg, bacon and meat.
While the stacks also grew taller, I watched for my waist which also grew thicker. But pancakes remain happy food.
Here are 12 (Best) Pancakes In Singapore, bracketed because I know there are better ones around, just waiting to be discovered.
Clinton St Bakery Company & Restaurant
31 Purvis Street Singapore 188608 (8-10 min walk from Bugis MRT)
Tel: +65 6684 4845 (no reservations, parties above 6 may be split up)
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm
The winner was the Clinton St’s famed Pancakes with warm maple butter ($18), being voted ‘Best In the City’ twice by New York Magazine.
True to its reputation, the pancakes were fluffy and fat, topped with wild blueberries, banana walnut or chocolate chunk toppings, which you can drizzle over with awesome homemade maple butter.
Soft, airy, and perfect to its texture that could bring you to pancake paradise if such a place exist.
This portion was huge for a table of 4 us, and you should get some other pals to share those calories. #100DaysOfSHOU Clinton St Baking Company & Restaurant (Purvis St)
6 Duke’s Road, Singapore 268886 (Botanic Gardens MRT)
Opening Hours: 8am – 7pm (Tue-Sun), Closed Mon
The ATLAS Butterscotch Banana Pancake ($18) was freshly made upon ordering, and that required a minimum 20 minutes wait.
Reminding us of some other ricotta hotcakes served in other hipster cafes, this came topped with caramelised bananas, housemade Butterscotch & Honeycomb ice cream.
A whiff of buttery fragrance emerged as we sliced through this atas pancake.
Texture and taste wise, reminded us of a light and moist banana cake. Atlas Coffeehouse (Duke’s Road)
38 South Buona Vista Road, Singapore 118164 (10-15 min walk from Haw Par Villa MRT)
Opening Hours: 10.30am – 5pm, 6pm – 9:30pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 5pm, 6pm – 9:30pm (Sat-Sun)
The Orange Ricotta Pillows ($18) was completely orange and we still remember the Red Velvet Pancakes from Pacamara which were completely red.
Despite looking thick and chunky, the consistency and texture were actually quite well done, with a touch of citrusy with orange peels within. Orange pancake paired with coconut ice cream was also a very workable combination. Paddy HIlls (South Buona Vista Road)
44A Prinsep Street Singapore 188674
Tel: +65 6333 4202
Opening Hours: 6pm – 9:30pm (Mon), 11:30am – 9:30pm (Tues – Thurs), 11:30am – 11:15pm (Fri), 10am – 3:30pm, 6pm – 11:15pm (Sat), 10am – 3:30pm, 6pm – 9:30pm (Sun)
While most brunch places sell pancakes as part of the dessert menu, Strictly Pancakes is what its name suggests – serving mainly pancakes.
Their pancakes consist of savoury flavours such as garlic butter prawns, chunky chicken, eggs benedict and salmon; while the sweet items include the favourites caramelised bananas and strawberries, to the more unusual lemon custard and black forest.
Loved The Druggie ($13) with three stacked chocolate pancakes served with chocolate ice cream and sliced strawberries, topped off with homemade chocolate sauce. Talk about the ultimate chocolate fix!
The taste was memorable as the textures, temperatures and richness of the different chocolates worked harmoniously well together.
Kyushu Pancake Singapore
275 Thomson Road Novena Regency #01-08 Singapore 307645
Tel: +65 6352 6265
Opening Hours: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
The popular Kyushu Pancake has come to Singapore, known for their pancakes made with a proprietary flour base, combined with fresh fruits and dairy products. ‘Healthier’ pancakes?
The Kyushu Pancake Mix is made from 7 different finely selected grains, 100% homegrown in Kyushu Japan, free of emulsifier, artificial fragrance, additives or processed starch.
The fresh cream was light (and didn’t make me feel fat), the pancakes were ‘Asian’-tasting and less buttery, more doughy and grainy, and not entirely super sweet. So it was a more guilt-free dessert.
[Closed] Luxe Sydney
1 Keong Saik Road #01-04, Singapore 089109 (The Working Capitol Building)
Tel: +65 6221 5615
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Tues – Wed), 9am – 10:30pm (Thurs – Sat), 9am – 4pm (Sun – Mon)
Other all the rest, the Merryberry Ricotta Hotcakes ($20) at this Australian based café were thin, soft, eggy.
While considered pricey, these were well-executed – a hint of cheese, sweet berries, sprinkling of exploding candy pop rocks topped on moist hotcakes. Luxe Sydney (Keong Siak Road)
Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters
185 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574333 (corner shophouse opp Shell station)
Opening Hours: 9am – 11pm
Red Velvet Pancakes ($16) served with mascarpone and fresh berries. Slightly inconsistent in textures, sometimes fluffy, sometimes more doughy and dry. Jelat.
Think I should try the Lemongrass or Stick Date versions the next time. Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters (Upper Thomson)
Dutch Baby Café
The Paragon, B1-13, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859 (Orchard MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
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.
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. Dutch Baby Café (Orchard Paragon)
The Coffee Academics Singapore
Level 2, Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road, Singapore 228209 (Orchard MRT)
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm (Mon – Thurs), 9am – 10:30pm (Fri – Sat), 9am – 9:30pm (Sun)
The Academics Pancake Tower ($19) while a photogenic piece, didn’t fare as well in terms of taste.
The texture was doughy and starchy. Ingredients such as whipped cream could have been spread more to prevent the combination from being too dry.
Paddington House of Pancakes
City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road #02-35/36 Singapore 208539
Tel: +65 6612 9029
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10:30pm
100 pancakes! This is how many Paddington House of Pancakes offers. Anything from the light American style ones, skinny crepes, to small round golden pancakes. (Featured photo is a Christmas stack.)
PHOP’s recommended is the Big Treasure Box ($15) is like what its name suggests, a mountain of ice cream, fruits, strawberry jam, and maple syrup. As you dig further into the ‘treasure chest’, you would find round fluffy golden dollar pancakes. Warning, eating this can get pretty messy.
Sarah’s SG, previously known as 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)
Savoury pancakes included The Benedict ($19.00) – 2 poached eggs, gravadlax salmon on 3 pancakes; PBG Softshell ($21.00); and Morning ($16.00) – that’s a stack of 3 pancakes with homemade beef or chicken patty.
Otherwise, get the sweet versions of Stacker Decker ($13.00), MJ ($17.00) or Berry Berry ($19.00) – blueberry pancakes topped with mixed berries compote and blueberry gelato.
Hmm… the pancakes were light, 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.
The plate of three pancakes felt it needed some variety, some balance, some more ingredients thrown to make every mouthful less boring.
[Closed] Pompompurin Café
Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road #04-08 Singapore 238896 (Somerset MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10.30pm (last order 10pm)
The Bagel’s Special is Pancake Tower (S$21.99) which is a five-layered stack of pancakes, with each layer filled with a different sauce such as caramel, chocolate, and custard. Cute but expensive. Pompompurin Cafe (Orchard Central)
Where’s your favourite PANCAKE place in Singapore?
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