We’re constantly reminded that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, so we’re ready to give our morning a little upgrade. From light, airy crêpes, to the thick fluffy Japanese cakes constantly trending on IG, we’ve tasted our way through the best pancakes in Hong Kong. These sweet, buttery concoctions are literally freshly-made cakes that we’re allowed to eat first thing in the morning – what’s not to like? Whether you’re treating yourself, or dining out with friends, we’re here to make sure your stacks are piled sky-high…
The Stack ‘o’ Pancakes at Commissary are in another league. Topping options include runny honey (with whipped butter, honeycomb, and bee pollen), Maple butter (with toasted almonds and bacon), or Nutella (with mascarpone, Nutella and a crispy caramelised banana). We had a chance to try the Nutella ensemble ourselves, and can fully vouch for these loaded, fluffy cakes. And, if you’re craving something sweet for the table, Commissary’s pastry basket is divine – with everything from buttery croissants and creamy cinnabuns made in-house.
Commissary, Shop 405, 4/F Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, www.commissary.hk
La Crêperie offers gluten-free savoury buckwheat galettes, along with a large selection of sweet crêpes. The lunch set features items like the La Complete, a gluten-free crêpe topped with French ham, emmental cheese, salad, and a sunny-side-up egg. As expected, we’d recommend upgrading to get a dessert crepe too – the salted caramel is homemade and heavenly. With a relaxed atmosphere and accommodating staff, this spot is an ideal place for a quirky, casual business lunch, and would even work as a new spot to take the kids.
La Crêperie, various locations across Hong Kong, www.lacreperie.com.cn
Looking for a full American diner experience? The Flying Pan is a 24-hour stop for all things breakfast. Think: fluffy and filling traditional American pancakes, topped with a hearty dollop of butter and a generous dose of maple syrup. Bacon, hash browns and eggs are suggested sides! The portions are well-sized, so prepare to share.
The Flying Pan, 1F/L David House, 37-39 Lockhart Road, Enter on Fenwick, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
The Flying Pan, G/F, 9 Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.the-flying-pan.com
If you’re a fan of the fluffy French delicacy, soufflés, Pan de Pain is the place to be. This is a Japanese-style pancake specialty café, serving a variety of soufflé pancakes that will have you stuffed. Now the only question is, how can we possibly pick between Chocolate Doryaki ($78) with oozing chocolate lava, Crème Brulee and Tiramisu?
Pan de Pain, B111B, Basement 1, K11, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/pandepain
This relaxed resto serves a variety of dessert-inspired pancakes. With countless decadent options to choose from, this is a spot you’re guaranteed to head back to over and over again. We love the sound of the extravagant Tiramisu on Pancakes, and the summery Mango and Coconut Pancakes.
The Pantry, Unit 2133, Elements Mall, The Grand Cinema, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/thepantryhk
Oolaa’s Stack o’ Pancakes are buttermilk beauties topped with freshly chopped strawberries, strawberry compote and vanilla ice cream. Strawberries and cream – definitely the dream! Head over for a lazy Sunday morning breakfast and spend the day unwinding with mountains of pancakes.
Oolaa, G/F, Centre Stage, Bridges Street, Soho, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/oolaaHK
Stacks on stacks at stack! These innovative and original sweet and savoury breakfast meals offer something for everyone. For the savoury option, opt for the duck rillettes with pancakes, or the traditional ham and cheese pancake. If you’re still looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, the running honey features fluffy cakes, crunchy honeycomb, caramel sauce, and mascarpone.
Stack, G/F, 1 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/stackhk
Sometimes it’s the simple things that do the trick. Even the pickiest of eaters are sure to love Corner Kitchen Café’s Fluffy Vanilla Pancakes – closely resembling the ones our mamas would whip up for Sunday brunch. This generous portion is topped with fresh berries and banana slices. Oh, and drizzled with maple syrup, of course.
Corner Kitchen Café, 226 Hollywood Road, Hong Kong, www.cornerkitchencafe.com
For all you savoury lovers out there – Brick Lane is the place for you! Each of the pancakes are served at the table in a hot skillet, making sure you have the freshest flavours. Whether you’re after the Smoked Salmon with guacamole and sour cream, or leaning towards the Truffle Mushroom and Chicken – it’s set to satisfy your craving.
Brick Lane, 4/F, Citic Tower, 1 Tim Mei Ave, Admiralty, Hong Kong, www.bricklane.com.hk
Every time we spot chocolate chip pancakes on the menu there is no containing that inner-child. Though there is nothing complicated about the dish, it’s surprisingly hard to come across in Hong Kong. Wagyu Lounge’s Stack of Pancakes hits the spot every time. The three pancakes come with a choice of fillings (blueberry, banana, or chocolate chip), and are served with maple syrup and vanilla ice-cream. Sorted.
Wagyu Lounge, 3-5 Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.casteloconcepts.com/our-venues/wagyu-lounge
Take the pancake craving up a notch at the Brunch Club – this place serves pancakes, doughnuts and crepes with a variety of topping options. The Melted Belgian Chocolate & Banana is a sweet staple, and the Caramelised Banana & Crud walnuts offers just the crunch to break up the softness.
Brunch Club, GF, 70 Peel Street, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong
Brunch Club & Supper, 1 Fl, 13 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.brunch-club.org
While everyone loves the original vanilla flavoured pancakes, who are we to resist a Valrhona Chocolate-flavoured batter, or better yet, a Matcha-flavoured cake? As a bonus, Bove lets us design custom Soufflé pancakes, picking everything from the choice of batter, to fillings and toppings. For fillings, pick between Ferrero Rocher, Milk Chocolate and Marshmallows, or Strawberry Chocolate and Marshmallows (add $10).
Bove, Shop 3069-T20, Top World, 3/F, Kwai Chung Plaza, 7 Kwai Foo Road, www.facebook.com/BoveHK