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LONDON'S BEST 16 PANCAKE RESTAURANTS

The Capital's Top Tossers This Shrove Tuesday 2024


We are directing you to the finest tossers the capital has to offer this Shrove Tuesday, because flipping good pancakes are the law on 13 February.


The sacred celebration of batter in its many, delicious forms comes 47 days before Easter Sunday and nobody pans a cake like The Big Smoke.


From Uttapam Indian pancakes and Aussie hotcakes, to Japanese soufflé pancakes, Chinese crepes, Vietnamese pancakes, savoury Korean pancakes, layered Sakurado cakes, crepes, healthy or exploding pancakes we’ve found London's best 16 pancake restaurants, so your decision is easy, peasy lemon squeezy.

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Where the Pancakes Are

Every day is Pancake Day for these guys, who have been making waves with their belting batter.

From Dutch Babies pancakes, which look like Yorkshire Puddings, served with apples and almonds or cheeses and herbs; to banana, honeycomb and marshmallow cream pancakes, lemon and thyme poached pear and salted caramel buttermilk beasts and healthy, Recovery pancakes with banana, Pip & Nut almond butter, and hazelnut-apricot granola.

Where the Pancakes Are, London Bridge, Fitzrovia and Battersea Power Station locations


Sakurado

This Japanese patisserie's pancakes would look as good on a necklace or framed on a wall as they do on a plate.

The rainbow-coloured creations are carefully prepared by hand with 30, paper-thin, Mille crêpes, precisely layered between velvety rich cream. Sakurado only uses the finest ingredients, including the much-loved East Asian flavours of Matcha, Yuzu, Hojicha (Roast Tea) and Black Sesame Charcoal. Sakurado, Chinatown and Kensington locations


Scarlett Green

As TripAdvisor’s proud title holder of Number One Brunch Spot in the World, you would have high hopes for the pancakes at Soho’s slice of beachy Australia. And you would not be disappointed - they are pure sex on a plate. Choose between the Golden Gaytime pancakes - milk chocolate ganache, malt crumble, whipped 12.8 mascarpone, salted caramel sauce, chocolate caramel tuile - or the Blueberry Buttermilk Pancake with fresh berries, whipped mascarpone cream, pure maple and optional back bacon. Or bloody live a little and go for both, every day for the rest of eternity.

Scarlett Green, 4 Noel Street, Soho W1F 8GB


Mallow

This beautiful, Borough market restaurant is inspired by flavours from all over the world. with fresh, colourful dishes which are 100% plant-based, seasonal and sustainable.

And their brunch pancake is the jewel in its delicious crown, consisting of Black Forest chocolate pancakes, cherry, hazelnuts and vanilla cream. Oh mon Dieu!

Mallow 1 Cathedral Street, Borough Market, London, SE1 9DE


Farm Girl

Stop all the clocks - apparently you CAN eat pancakes and still be healthy. Aussie-born ‘farm girl’ Rose Mann proves this, at her colourful Notting Hill cafe, which serves buttermilk and buckwheat discs of joy, topped with raw cacao nibs, Greek yoghurt, sour cherry jam and coconut. Or perhaps you’d prefer apple and pear pancakes, baked in vanilla bean and rosemary, with toasted cinnamon oat crunch, maple syrup and coconut yoghurt. Farm Girl, 59a Portobello Rd, W11 3DB

Héfaure

For custardy, fluffy clouds of joy, head to Hefaure for these Japanese-style soufflé dreams. Top your soufflé pancake with cream and brown sugar tapioca pearls, or try a matcha red bean soufflé crowned with green tea cream and thank us later. Hefaure, Shaftesbury Avenue, Dean Street, Kingsbury and Victoria locations.


Stack & Still

Even the fussiest pancake picker will find something they love at Stack & Still, which serves almost 12 MILLION different pancake combinations as well as a ‘Signature’ menu designed by the chefs.

And you won’t have to travel far to get your fix, as they have pancake houses across the UK including a behemoth in Leicester Square seating 200 people. Stack & Still, UK-wide locations


Crêpeaffaire at The Hippodrome

Crepeaffaire is the perfect place to get battered in the heart of Leicester Square, with a modern take on this traditional, Breton fayre. It offers perfectly thin, sweet or savoury, hand-crafted crêpes, made with organic flour and natural ingredients to eat in or take-away With cocktails on tap, vegan and gluten-free options, plus accessible prices – savoury crêpes start from just £7 – Crêpeaffaire is proving to be a flipping good choice from breakfast through to lunch and dinner. Crêpeaffaire Cranbourn St, London, WC2H 7JH

Tupi London

This Elephant & Castle or Peckham pancake hotspot fuses the best of Europe and South America, making it a firm brunch favourite for locals. Popular Tupi combos include ‘mixed berries and banana pancake with Crème Fraîche and sweet jams’, ‘salted caramel and Oreo pancakes with berries and ice cream’, and the daddy - their ‘bacon, cheddar cheese, fried egg, maple syrup, and Crème Fraîche pancakes’. Ding and very much, dong. Tupi London, 2, Castle Square, Elephant Rd, London SE17 1EN


Granger & Co

The late, much loved chef, Bill Granger's global chain of relaxed and delicious restaurants bring Londoners his legendary, Aussie hotcakes on the breakfast and lunch menus. These thick and fluffy badboys are made with creamy ricotta and stacked with banana and illegally moreish honeycomb butter. Granger & Co Multiple locations


Dobar

The hangover cure does exist and can be found at this exceptional Finsbury Park cafe, in the shape of their famous pancakes.

These include the Medi Clash - pancakes with grilled halloumi, spicy beef sujuk, fried eggs, portabello mushroom and grilled cherry tomatoes.

Or for the sweet tooth, we hard recommend the Pancake tacos - four pancakes filled woth clotted cream and fruit and topped with biscoff sauce smashed biscuit.

Dobar 324A Green Lanes, London, N4 1BX

Colonel Saab

Colonel Saab is offering guests a delicious alternative to the usual pancakes this Shrove Tuesday.

Try their dosas, traditional South Indian crepes - made with fermented rice and lentil batter.

It has crispy, golden edges and a pillowy soft centre topped with Chicken Chettinad, potato masala, tomato chutney and coconut chutney or prawn moilee, potato masala, tomato chutney and coconut chutney

If this delicious take on a snack doesn't convince you, then you might be interested to know that dosas are naturally gluten-free, vegan-friendly and protein packed.

Dosas are on the Holborn branch's lunch Tiffin Menu. Colonel Saab Holborn Town Hall, 193-197 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7BD

Chinese Tapas House

Jianbing are one of China's most popular and versatile street food snacks, jam-packed with tasty fillings and served to eat on the move. Gorge on these delicious crepes at Chinese Tapas House. Chinese Tapas House, 15 Little Newport St, London WC2H 7JJ, UK

Viet Food

Head to Viet Food for their Bánh xèo Việt Nam - otherwise known as a Vietnamese pancake with seafood.

It’s a shimmering, golden treat as the pancake batter is made from a combination of rice flour, water and turmeric.

It is cooked until crisp in a frying pan and served folded in half and loaded with fresh herbs, sprouts and seafood. Viet Food Soho and South Kensington locations

Badiani

Head to London’s iconic gelato shop, Badiani to build your own crepe, with more than 40 toppings to choose from including Paolo Pomposi’s famous sauces - we recommend the pistachio - merengue, coconut rapè, Chilenan walnut and caremalised salted peanuts. Badiani Multiple London locations from Chelsea and Mayfair to Covent Garden and Angel

Pochawa Grill

Tuck into Kimchi Jeon, a Korean savoury pancake made with kimchi, at Soho's popular, Korean barbecue restaurant.

Or opt for the Cheese Kimchi Jeon, topped with mozzarella. Phwoar. Pochawa Grill 29 Wardour St, London W1D 6PS


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