We’re constantly reminded that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, so we’re ready to give our mornings a little upgrade. From light, airy crêpes, to the thick fluffy Japanese-style ones constantly trending on Instagram, 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 love? 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 a savoury flat iron steak, eggs, chive flower and hollandaise option and the indulgent Nutella mascarpone and banana, to name but a few. 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, 1/F, 100 Queen’s East Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2529 9280, 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
Editor’s note: This business is temporarily closed, please check its Facebook page for updates
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 leave you stuffed. Now the only question is, how to choose between Chocolate Dorayaki with oozing chocolate lava, Crème Brulee or 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, 193 Prince Edward Road, MOKO, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/thepantryhk
Oolaa’s Pancake Stack ($120) consists of 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, www.oolaagroup.com/restaurants/oolaa-soho
Oolaa Petite, Shop 2 Tower 2 Starcrest, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2529 3823, www.oolaagroup.com/restaurants/oolaa-petite
Oolaa, Unit G30, G/F, Citygate, 18-20, Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong, 2319 2008, www.oolaagroup.com/restaurants/oolaa-tung-chung
For all you savoury lovers out there – Brick Lane is the place for you! Each of its pancakes is 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 are 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 caramelised 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 right amount of crunch to break up the softness of the pancake.
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 2125, 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 you design custom soufflé pancakes, allowing you to pick everything from your choice of batter, to the 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
Get 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, multiple locations, 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. Though not pancakes, a special shoutout also has to go to its Strawberry Nutella French Toast with a little hazelnut cream on top. Dreamy!
Elephant Grounds, various locations around Hong Kong, www.elephantgrounds.com
We can’t get enough of Japan’s award-winning cafe, Yukinoshita. Try out its famous Atsuyaki thick-fried pancakes for a quick afternoon snack. You’ll find it hard to choose between the Blueberry, Mandarin Honey or Dark Chocolate options. Or, on a hot day, we recommend 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 and was most recently updated by Rachel Sadler on 25, February 2020.