(SPOT.ph) There’s a pretty good reason why pancakes have long been a breakfast favorite. These light and fluffy stacks can either be served plain, with just a bit of butter and syrup. Or they can be topped up with all kinds of ingredients, ranging from nuts and fruits to even more savory ones like bacon and cheese. So whether you’re in the mood for something savory or something sweet, we’ve rounded up 10 places in Manila where you can get your pancake fix—and it doesn’t even have to be for breakfast.
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Here are 10 no-fail places for pancakes in Manila:
This roadside café has quickly become a favorite among students and residents living in the Katipunan area for its unique approach when it comes to breakfast favorites. Their take on the classic pancakes come off more velvety than fluffy as they incorporate an uncommon ingredient into their batter: ricotta. The ricotta pancakes come with either simple butter and syrup (P200), or in sweeter varieties like the Ricotta Pancakes with Strawberries (P300) and Ricotta Pancakes with Chocolate Chips, Chocolate Fudge, Cream, and Chocolate Crumb (P270). They also have pancakes that come with bacon and a rich salted egg butter (P265), for those who prefer to start their day on a savory note.
Tyler’s Café is at 317 Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.
Flossom Kitchen + Café
If you’re someone who eats with their eyes first, then Flossom Kitchen + Café’s take on the breakfast classic will be right up your alley. Their Strawberry Cream pancakes (P380), Tiramisu Cream pancakes (P380), and Ube Cream pancakes (P380) are all highly photogenic and taste just as good as they look, being extremely light and fluffy.
Flossom Kitchen + Café is at G/F Flossom Place, N. Averilla Street, San Juan City
Pancakes for dessert? Trust us when we say am.pm somehow makes it work. This Hong Kong favorite elevates the breakfast favorite by adding in a few extra egg whites and smothering it in a thick and creamy sauce that comes in a wide array of flavors. The Crème Brulee (P210) pancakes remain their bestseller, thanks to its nutty and smoky sauce but their local exclusive Ube (P180) is also a must-try. Get your pancakes with soft-serve ice cream on the side for some extra indulgence.
am.pm is at 2/F Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Asean Avenue corner Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard, Aseana City, Parañaque City
You’ve probably seen pictures of Peach Boy’s Ube Lava Pancakes (P195) on your social media feeds over the past few months, and it’s safe to say that this purple stack of pancakes really lives up to the hype. Made with real ube halaya sauce, it doesn’t come off as too overly sweet.
Peach Boy is at G/F NORKIS Building, Calbayog Street corner Domingo M. Guevara Street, Mandaluyong City.
Bluesmith Coffee & Kitchen
Bluesmith Coffee offers a pretty extensive menu when it comes to pancakes, serving up seven different kinds. Purists can opt to keep it simple with their light Classic Pancakes (P220), which are served with just butter and syrup on the side. Their Chocolate and Peanut Butter Pancakes (P240), meanwhile, may remind you of a certain candy bar. But for those who prefer to keep it savory, order either their Pancakes with Bacon (P280) or Pancakes with Country Sausage (P280). Don’t forget to wash it down with a cup of Bluesmith’s signature espresso beverages!
Bluesmith Coffee & Kitchen is at 3/F Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City.
Rustic Mornings by Isabelo
Rustic Mornings’ pancakes are well worth the drive to Marikina. They keep their recipe simple and their toppings pretty classic, but their pancakes always come out light and fluffy. The Organic Buttermilk Pancakes (P220) is a good place to start, but if you’re a bit more of a sweet tooth, there’s the Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes (P240), the Banana Pancakes (P210), or the Chocolate Chip Pancakes (P230).
Rustic Mornings by Isabelo is at 11 Isabelo Mendoza Street, San Roque, Marikina City.
Gram Café & Pancakes
This breakfast spot from Japan opened in the Philippines just this month. While they’re best known for their Premium Japanese Pancakes (P385/three pieces), which are only served during certain hours, their classic flapjacks are also worth a try. The Apple & Tea Cream pancakes (P445) are perfect for those who prefer tea over coffee, as it’s served alongside an Earl Grey tea cream as well as apples stewed in a cinnamon mixture. Those who prefer a bit of a savory bite, however, can opt for the Salmon & Avocado pancakes (P445).
Gram Café & Pancakes is at 3/F Fashion Hall Building D, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.
You can’t talk about pancakes in Manila without mentioning the OG: Pancake House. This all-day breakfast spot has been serving up plain, sweet, and even savory versions of flapjacks since the ‘70s. You can’t go wrong with the light and fluffy Classic (P173/two pieces, P213/three pieces), but their Chocolate Chip (P199/two pieces, P224/three pieces), Caramel Banana Walnut (P277/two pieces, P267/three pieces), and Cheese (P199/two pieces, P224/three pieces) variations are also crowd favorites. Pancake House has also recently jumped on the trend of Soufflé Pancakes (P150), which you can top off with bananas, blueberries, or mangoes for only an additional P40.
Pancake House has branches at Tomas Morato Avenue corner Scout Bayoran Street, South Triangle, Quezon City and B3, Bonifacio High Street, 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. See a list of Pancake House branches.
The Wildflour group has expanded their restaurant line to offer Italian favorites but brunch is where they continue to shine. At Wildflour, you can get extremely light and airy pancakes with their Blueberry and Ricotta Cheese Pancake (P550), which is topped off with caramelized banana and a generous serving of maple syrup. There’s also the custardy German Pancakes (P390), which comes with fresh mangoes, tart lemon yogurt, and strawberry sauce. Their sister café Little Flour, meanwhile, makes up a mean batch of light and sweet Ube Pancakes (P460), which is served with fresh mangoes and drizzled with strawberry sauce.
Wildflour has branches at V Corporate Center, 125 L. P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City and G/F Net Lima, 4th Avenue Corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City. See a list of Wildflour branches.
Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory Café
They may be better known for their cracker sandwiches, but Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory can also dole out a pretty delicious pile of pancakes. Their Japanese pancakes live up to the hype, being soufflé-like in texture. If tart is the profile flavor you’re looking for, go for their Summer Berry Pancake (P315), which comes with a mixed berry compote and nama cream. There’s also the Crème Brulee pancakes (P265) for those looking for a more decadent bite. These pancakes take a while to cook, around 20 to 25 minutes, but trust us when we say it’s well worth the wait.
Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory Café has branches at G/F East Wing, Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Oranbo, Pasig City and G/F Central Garden, Ring Area, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Entertainment City, Parañaque City.