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? (Read: 12 Cafes For PANCAKES In Singapore)
You may wonder what the fuss is about: The pancake shop is rather popular in Taiwan (ie long queues), and it is not often that we see Japanese style pancakes in Singapore.
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.
Here is a list of ingredients that they use (which I take from their press release ah): Wheat from Oita Prefecture, fertiliser free, Aigoma farmed Sprouted brown rice in Aya, Miyazaki, Millet from Unzen, Nagasaki, Pressed barley from Saga Prefecture, the legendary purple rice and red glutinuous rice from Kumamoto and Fukuoka Prefecture, Non glutinuous rice from Kagoshima and the famed raw sugar from Okinawa and Kagoshima.
So don’t play-play.
The menu is straight forward – pancakes, waffles, French Toast and drinks.
I had the Matcha Montblanc ($18) because it probably combines three of my favourite things in a single dish.
Let’s start with what is good about it. 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.
On the flipside, it missed some distinct elements of each: The matcha was not ‘matcha’ enough, the montblanc lacked of the chestnut savour, and the pancakes felt… I don’t know, plain, flaccid? (Maybe it was the lack of buttery-goodness).
Overall the pancakes were not as impressive as I initially imagined to be, but this lighter version will still find its fans.
The boss asked why I didn’t order the signature. I assume it was the Eggs Benedict Pancakes ($18), though I didn’t tell him the server did recommend the Kyushu Sunny Day ($19) which was really not too bad a choice.
I liked the non-threatening probably kids-friendly chilli meat sauce with sunny-side egg and, well a not so crispy strip of bacon.
Someone ate the meat before I took the photo, just in case you are wondering.
Other signature items on the menu include Berry-Licious Pancake ($16.90), Matcha & Azuki Pancake ($16.90), Matcha Tiramisu ($16), Matcha & Azuki Waffles ($18.90) and American Big Breakfast ($22).
Kyushu Pancakes MAY not experience long-staggering queues (I have my other reasons for thinking so), but it may be more because of a lack of a more thorough marketing and social media plan.
The Japanese style Kyushu Pancake café is a feel-good place, and the surrounding ‘Novena families’ with kids would show some support. By the way, you can call to reserve places.
Kyushu Pancake Singapore
275 Thomson Road Novena Regency #01-08 Singapore 307645
Tel: +65 6352 6265
Opening Hours: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm