Mar 3, 2011

Strictly Pancakes: Batter Heaven

I’ve had the most constant craving for pancakes for the last few weeks.

Pancakes are just thin, flat and round cakes prepared from a batter on a grill or frying pan. There’s really no art nor craft to flippin’ pancakes. It’s also one of the most boring foods around, like eating bread on its own (alright, there’s maple syrup but why not just dunk sugar on bread?).

But I craved for them, so I satisfied myself at Strictly Pancakes.

This tiny, two-storey cafe is sandwiched between a French and Italian restaurant in Prinsep Street. Its speciality is pancakes – plain, savoury, or desserty. The combinations are mind-blowing, the tastes so-so.

There are preset combos to choose from, but I tried my hand at creating a stack of pancakes. Prices range from $5.50 to $8.50 (2 pancakes to 4 pancakes), sides go for $2.50 each and additional servings of Maple Syrup and Butter go for $1 and $0.50 each.

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The end result was a 3 pancake stack with scrambled eggs and mushrooms ($12), and topped with Maple Syrup and Garlic Herb Butter.

The pancakes and eggs are fluffy as only adding butter can create. The mushrooms, while fragrant with woody scents, were relatively tasteless. The sweet syrup just didn’t quite mesh together with the rest of the stack.

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The dessert pancake, Strawberries and Co. ($10), was better. The three  pancakes was covered in cream and strawberries coulis with mixed berries served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It was utterly hip-bursting and enjoyable; perhaps I had associated pancakes with sweetness.

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Given the paucity of western pancake places, Strictly Pancakes is a breath of fresh air in the food scene, best eaten with girly company of course.

Strictly Pancakes is at 44A Prinsep Street Singapore 188674
Tel: +65 6333 4202

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