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 ($168 for two, $218 for three, $248 for four) at Commissary is 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, 2602 0707, 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 casual business lunch.
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, 2528 9997
The Flying Pan, G/F, 9 Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2140 6333, 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 speciality café, serving a variety of soufflé pancakes that will have you stuffed. Now the only question is, how can we possibly pick between Chocolate Dorayaki ($88) with oozing chocolate lava, Crème Brulee and Caramel Apple?
Pan de Pain, B111B, Basement 1, K11, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2576 1968, 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, 2348 8219, www.facebook.com/thepantryhk
Oolaa’s Stack o’ Pancakes ($120) 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, 1 Bridges Street, Soho, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2803 2083, https://www.oolaagroup.com/oolaa-soho
Oola Petite, Shop 2 Tower 2 Starcrest, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2529 3823, www.oolaagroup.com/oolaa-petite
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 ($75) – closely resembling the ones our mamas would whip up for Sunday brunch. This generous portion is topped with fresh berries and banana slices. And drizzled with maple syrup, of course.
Corner Kitchen Café, G/F 226 Hollywood Road, Hong Kong, 2547 8008, www.cornerkitchencafe.com
For all you savoury lovers out there – Brick Lane is the place for you! Each of its 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. For sweet-toothed diners, Brick Lane also serves up seasonal berries with powdered sugar or caramelized banana with crispy bacon and golden syrup!
Brick Lane, multiple locations across Hong Kong, www.bricklane.com.hk
Take the pancake craving up a notch at the Brunch Club – this place serves pancakes, doughnuts and crêpes with a variety of topping options. The Melted Belgian Chocolate & Banana is a sweet staple, and the Caramelised Banana & Crushed Walnuts offers just the crunch to break up the softness.
Brunch Club, G/F, 70 Peel Street, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong, 2526 8861
Brunch Club & Supper, 1 Fl, 13 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2890 2525, www.brunch-club.org
While everyone loves the original vanilla flavoured pancakes, at Bove 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
Have a taste of Japan right in the heart of the city. A Happy Pancake offers fluffy souffle-pancake goodness either topped with your favourite berries and bananas, or its home-made granola. Finished with a little Manuka honey, these pancakes are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.
A Happy Pancake, Shop 203-205, 2/F, Lee Garden Three, 1 Sunning Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2338 4315, www.ahappypancake.hk
You can never go wrong with classic buttermilk pancakes, so head on over to Elephant Grounds for a piece of breakfast heaven. If you wasn’t to indulge, try the Strawberry Nutella French Toast with a little hazelnut cream on top and you’ll feel like a kid all over again.
Elephant Grounds, various locations around Hong Kong, www.elephantgrounds.com
There’s a new pancake resto in town! Japan’s award-winning cafe, Yukinoshita opened for business last summer and we can’t get enough. Head over for a quick afternoon snack and try out the famous Atsuyaki thick-fried pancakes. You’ll find it hard to choose between the Blueberry, Mandarin Honey or Dark Chocolate. Or head over on a hot day and try out the Kakigori shaved ice, you won’t regret it!
Yukinoshita, G/F, Leishun Court, 1-5 Haven Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 3460 3989, www.facebook.com/YukinoshitaHK
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on 3 August, 2017 on Sassy Mama Hong Kong and was updated by Abegaile Legaspi for Sassy Hong Kong on 5 March, 2019.