Pancakes are the best. Whether they’re your 3am drunken remedy or mega luxe gourmet breakfast option, they hold a special place in all our hearts. Given that this time of the year pretty much calls for compulsory pancakes with every meal, we ever so kindly compiled this guide to pancaking: one of the best breakfast options in Brisbane.
Here are our pick of Brisbane’s best cafes to get a pancake fix!
#1 Seven South
Seven South is repping it for the Southside with an epic pancake offering. Their lemon thyme, blueberry and ricotta hotcakes are fast becoming a weekly essential for us here at TUL. Head chef Sam Potter (who honed his skill under Philip Johnston of e’cco) is killing it in the pancake game, so we’re going to strongly advise you make a trip for your Easter pancake pilgrimage.
#2 Bonsai Botanika
Bonsai Botanika love pancakes so much they have an option for the sweet tooth and the savory lovers amongst us. The sweet offering is our personal pick with maxed out fluffiness in the ricotta pancakes accompanied by banana, maple, whipped cream, sour cherry and toasted peanuts and almonds. Drooool. The savoury option is equally drool worthy with bacon, chorizo, corn mayo, smoked cheese béchamel and rocket salad. That counts as breakfast AND lunch!
Oh Harveys, where do we begin? For the ultimate iteration of luxe, you simply must start your morning at Harveys on James Street, darling. The ricotta-buttermilk pancakes with caramelized banana and honeycomb butter are seriously so ridic you’re going to want to order seconds and thirds. You’ll feel so naughty eating such a decadent dessert so early in the morning. But hey, what else are you supposed to do? Oh, and you can add smoked bacon too.
#4 Sourced Grocer
Sourced Grocer’s cabbage pancakes don’t exactly err on the side of traditional but they are mighty delicious. Inspired by the Japanese okonomiyaki, the cabbage pancakes come served up with soft eggs, goats cheese dressing and crispy fried broccoli. For a non-traditional pancake trip you can’t skip these guys.
#5 Southside Diner
Pancakes galore, you guys, pancakes galore. Southside Diner knows you love pancakes and totally gets and respects that; they’re the same. They have a grand spankin’ total of four pancake offerings on their saintly menu. Our fave is obviously the Violet Crumble with house made honeycomb, nutella sauce and Canadian maple syrup.
More savoury pancakes; sorry, but we’re addicted. The Latke stack at Shouk is soo good though so it’s worth it. It’s a stack of potatoes (Polish style) with cream cheese, dill, pickled red onions, dukkah and poached eggs with (our pick) halloumi. So… not really pancakes at all but we had to include it.
Sassafras sure knows their way around a pancake. Ricotta ones in particular. Close your eyes and imagine this: ricotta hot cakes, house-made honeycomb butter and organic maple syrup. Now open your eyes and go get some!
#8 Picnic Café
Picnic Café are delivering the goods with their vegan and gluten free option. Nice! The buckwheat pancakes with grilled banana, chocolate coconut milk icecream, buckinis and maple syrup are seriously heavenly. You can totally ruin the whole ‘vegan thing’ by adding bacon too FYI, which, in our opinion is an obvious essential.
#9 Pearl Café
Pearl Café’s crepes are a real pearler of a breakfast treat. Larger than the humble pancake, the crepes at Pearl come accompanied by our love and saviour–Pepe Saya’s mascarpone–thyme, mulberries and raspberries. Trust us guys, this one is a winner.
#10 Bare Bones Society
More crepes, soz. But Bare Bones Society’s crepes are killer. Vanilla crepes with orange blossom-scented ricotta, caramel poached banana (OMG) paired with the mega-yum coconut and palm sugar sauce. Yuuuuum. Is it Easter yet?
Image credit: Ariana Gillrie
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