Picture yourself waking up on a lazy Sunday morning, what food favourite do you first think of?
From your classic maple and butter to the more adventurous flavours like raspberry white choc and orange blossom, you can never underestimate the power of a perfect pancake. This breakfast hero is almost like a morning rite of passage, and lucky for us, Brisbane’s vast array of brunch venues know a thing or two about building an impressive stack.
As there are just too many delicious hotcake hotspots to choose from, we have done the hard yards for you and put together our list of the best pancakes and hotcakes on cafe menus around Brisbane right now. We may need our stretchy pants for this one.
Looking to mix up your pancake flavour palate? You simply have to try the orange blossom hotcakes with pineapple custard at the one and only Halo Ground. Tucked away in the Valley, this heavenly little brunch bite replaces your standard toppings for fruity flavours, bursting full of citrusy goodness that will make cheat day feel just that bit better.
Add an Aussie favourite to house-made hotcakes and what do you have? A match made in heaven. Picnic Café has the perfect pancake stack down pat with its delectable menu item, the Tim Tam pancakes. Decked out with all the goodies you could dream of from Nutella, Tim Tams and gingerbread crumble to strawberry coulis and pistachio vanilla-bean ice-cream, this indulgent dessert will leave you begging for more.
Todd & Pup
For anyone who loves to eat dessert for breakfast, Todd & Pup's current pancake offering is for you. Their white chocolate chai pancakes involve butter chai pancakes, white chocolate custard, cinnamon ice cream, ginger crumble and lemon balm, and will leave you on a sugar high for the rest of the day, possibly even the week.
When you think of pancakes, a fluffy golden treat drizzled in syrup is probably what comes to mind. But that’s not how Pawpaw Café does things. Reinventing the breakfast classic, this all-day dining hot spot has their own take on raspberry white choc pancakes, serving up a drool-worthy charcoal pancake (that’s right, it’s black as night) topped with raspberry curd, white chocolate ice cream and bonus berries and fairy floss. You didn’t think we’d just be talking plain old buttermilk pancakes, did you?
Head to the suburbs if you want to believe the hype around the one pan ricotta hotcakes made by the masterminds at Farm House. Located in the quiet streets of Kedron, the not-so-secret venue seriously knows how to do brunch—if the block-long lines are anything to go by. Treat yourself to the popular pancake stack, made fresh in the Farmhouse, with the perfect accoutrements of decadent ginger syrup, matcha mascarpone and caramelized banana to boot. Trust us—this one’s worth the wait.
If you still want your pancake fix minus the guilt, Miss Bliss is the place for you. While pancakes may not be your go-to health food, this brekky joint has vegan sweet tooths covered with vegan cacao hot cakes, chock-a-block with cacao custard, coconut ice cream, raspberries and lemon balm. And bonus points? This insanely wholesome stack is totally insta-worthy.
Little Black Pug
Treat every day like it’s your birthday and dive into the decadent hotcakes dished up at Little Black Pug. This cosy dog-friendly café has devised the perfect pancake treat they call the birthday cake, and rightly so. With every flavour under the sun, the marvellous creation features a golden vanilla stack piled with salted caramel buttercream, caramelised white chocolate, sprinkles and custard, with berry coulis and fresh berries to top it all off. Happy birthday to us.
You can’t go wrong with a classic, and we dare say that Morning After has absolutely nailed the timeless vanilla stack to a T. Complete with caramelised banana, rum and raisin ice cream, honeycomb, maple and macadamia crumb, this irresistible hotcake exceeds all expectations and makes for a mean brunch worthy of the Morning After menu. So get brunching, this is one unforgettable treat you won’t regret.
Simple is sexy with the soft ricotta hotcakes at Sassafras Canteen in Paddington. Paired with house-made honeycomb butter and organic maple syrup, it’s the kind of brekky you keep going back for. If you’re extra hungry, be sure to add on crispy bacon and grilled banana—it’ll take your stack to the next level.
Kin & Co
If there’s one thing we know, it’s that Kin & Co are the kings of all things coffee, breakfast and brunch (and lunch, but that’s not what you’re here for, is it?). This incredibly aesthetic café has their finger on the pulse of the perfect feed, adding a sweet sticky date hotcake to their breakfast line up for winter. There’s rhubarb, blueberry compote, gingerbread ice cream and almond crumble, with hot butterscotch sauce drizzling down the side of the stack, and a sprinkle of blueberry dust and dehydrated rhubarb to complete the decadent dish—what’s not to like?
Billy Kart Kitchen
The ricotta pancakes at Billy Kart Kitchen are as classic as they come, and make for one of the best breakfasts in Brisbane. They're topped with macerated strawberries, strawberry gel and whipped creme fraiche, and have that incredible crunchy outer edge while still retaining their inner fluffiness. Totally worth the trip to suburban Annerley for.
Fuel & Co.
You can’t call yourself an aficionado of Brisbane’s pancakes until you’ve chowed your way through a Fuel & Co apple and blueberry hotcake. This delicious dish dressed up with custard, maple syrup, a buttery oat crumble and vanilla ice cream is such a widely-adored staple of the Northside breakfast agenda that it’s practically its own food group.
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Image credit: Halo Ground, Pawpaw Cafe, Shaelah Knuckey, Kin & Co