International Pancake Day: Where To Find The Best Pancakes In Hong Kong
With International Pancake Day fast approaching, we hunt down the best restaurants in Hong Kong to enjoy some delicious, fluffy stacks
International Pancake Day (February 16) is just around the corner, and if you love this delicious treat but don’t fancy whipping it up yourself, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re after Japanese airy soufflé recipes or denser varieties that are topped with decadent ingredients such as fresh fruits and syrup, these are the best places to enjoy pancakes in Hong Kong.
A Happy Pancake
A Happy Pancake gets a worthwhile mention for making some of the most delicious stacks in the city, and it’s not hard to see why: there are not many places devoted to offer pancakes that are cooked fresh to order and made with all-natural ingredients.
Though their unique recipe is kept as a secret, we are told that those puffy pancakes are made of premium creamy Manuka honey from New Zealand, shipped butter from raw milk, and most important of all—no baking powder is added but only with fresh eggs are used for a softer, fluffier texture and richer aroma than usual. Guests can expect a diverse array of sweet toppings and sauces such as pancakes with cheese mousse and berry sauce, milk tea sauce and homemade granola to name a few. The brand also features savoury pancakes that complemented with salmon, avocado and mushroom cheese omelette.
A Happy Pancake is also offering takeaway menus at its branches in Tsim Sha Tsui and Sha Tin, where diners can enjoy all the signature sweet varieties and savoury options such as pancakes with salmon, avocado, mushroom cheese omelette and more.
A Happy Pancake, various locations across Hong Kong; ahappypancake.hk
Gram Café & Pancakes
Originally from Osaka, Japan, Gram Café & Pancakes is one of the most popular destinations for local foodies to get their pancake fix. Aside from the classic three-layer fluffy soufflé creation that served with syrup, butter and cream, the restaurant also offers house-special varieties such as baked apples with red tea cream, purple sweet potato, strawberry with sake, and many more.
Gram Café & Pancakes, Shop L408, 4/F, The One, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2368 4588; café-gram.com
This popular Tokyo-originated restaurant is best known for their airy, super fluffy Kiseki pancakes, which are crafted with a secret recipe to satisfy even the most discerning pancake eaters. Using only the freshest and most authentic Japanese ingredients, such as premium maple-butter cream and Miyagi eggs, Flipper's features an impressive selection of sweet flavours, ranging from signature plain to green tea with red beans, and strawberry, blueberry with banana.
After having your sweet tooth satisfied (one of those might not be enough), treat yourself to savoury options like bacon and egg pancake, salmon and avocado pancake. Long queues are expected, but we just couldn’t find a better way to “flip” your mood with these lovely soufflé pancakes.
Flipper's, I.T Blue Block, 6/F, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong; + 852 2367 2133; flippers-pancake.jp
Boasting five branches in Causeway Bay, Sheung Wan, Wan Chai, Tsim Sha Tsui and Mid-Levels, it’s no secret that Elephant Grounds is one of the city’s most popular go-to spot for quality coffee, scrumptious breakfasts and brunches—and their pancake are certainly delight. Three pieces of buttermilk pancakes are served with their caramel butter, hot syrup and cream, where diners can also enjoy these stacks with a scoop of the restaurant’s homemade ice cream.
Elephant Grounds, various locations across Hong Kong; elephantgrounds.com
Pan de Pain
Whether you are looking for fluffy soufflé pancakes, or stacks that topped with rich layers of fresh fruits and ice cream, Pan de Pain is the place to be. Run by chef Muse Leung, who takes inspiration from a number of pancake restaurants in Japan, we can find an enticing quality selection of sweet temptations there.
Satisfying to just look at, Pan de Pain‘s signature—regular pancakes layered with ingredients like crème brulee, tiramisu, chocolate dorayaki and caramel apple are not to be missed. You can even opt for freshly-served fluffy hot cakes in caramel apple and berry cheesecake flavours (drizzled with maple syrup, of course). These beautifully handcrafted pancakes also come with savoury flavours such as smoked salmon and avocado pancake and all-day breakfast pancake.
Pan de Pain, B111B, Basement 1, K11, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong; +852 2576 1968; facebook.com/pandepain
The Pantry & Chips Republic
The Pantry & Chips Republic is best known for their hearty and scrumptious dishes including burgers, pasta and waffle benedicts, and their pancakes deserve special mention, too. Food lovers come far and wide for the signature flavour with honeycomb butter, maple syrup and mixed fruits, but you shouldn’t miss out on the other two decadent varieties, including banoffee crème brulee pancake with vanilla custard and caramelised sugar, as well as matcha cream pancake with sweet red beans and matcha mochi.
The Pantry & Chips Republic, Shop 436-438, 4/F, MOKO, 193 Prince Edward Road West, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, +852 2955 5662
HoiHoi Pancake House
An overseas branch of Nagoya’s most beloved pancake destination, HoiHoi Pancake House, this place has a reputation serving up premium Japanese soufflé creations and American style pancakes that come in a rich array of flavours.
Apart from crowd favourites including soufflé pancakes with toppings such as maple cream, caramel banana and strawberry, you can choose from different unique varieties like macadamia cream and crème brulee. If you’re feeling adventurous, their Hawaiian pancakes are not to be missed. Also worth mentioning is that the restaurant is currently offering a new, Instagrammable creation, which is topped with a sunny-side-up egg-alike layer featuring mascarpone cheese and custom-made custard.
Hoi Hoi Pancake House, Shop 19-20, 1/F, Enterprise Square Five, Megabox, 38 Wang Chiu Road, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2461 7000
Food lovers will be surprised by this hidden gem nestled in an industrial building in Kwun Tong. Torio is arguably one of the most underrated cafes in the city, which delivers a tempting mix of Japanese and Western dishes including toasts and pastas, as well as some good pancakes too. There are a variety of flavours to choose from—whether it’s classics such as chocolate and green tea pancakes, or stacks loaded with fresh fruits, everything here is made fresh-to-order that guarantees an exquisite taste. If you’re still craving more, order other desserts such as fruit parfait and apple toast with vanilla ice cream to complement your pancake for a truly indulgent meal. Be sure to follow them on Instagram for more updates on new seasonal flavours, as they also update their menu regularly.
Torio, Flat 4, 1/F, Mai Hing Industrial Building Block A, 16-18 Hing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong, +852 3460 4882
The Park by Years
Time slows down once you walk into Years—a cosy Japanese-style cafe nestled amidst the hustle and bustle of Sham Shui Po. Besides offering a tempting menu of vegetarian dishes, the café also serves pancakes that will impress both your eye and taste buds. Made fresh-to-order, their signature vegan pancakes are served with fresh poached pear, syrup and whipped cream to give a refreshing aroma and indulgent sweetness.
The Park by Years, G/F, 132 Yu Chau Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong, +852 5336 4000; yearshk.com
This article was originally published on March 8, 2019 and was updated on February 11, 2021.