If you’ve had a bit of a crêpe time lately, there’s nothing like a pancake to cheer you up. Versatile, tasty and affordable, they give our stomachs that fluffy feeling. If you’re looking for some flipping good options, whisk yourself off to one of these London restaurants and get stuck in.
Words: Eamonn Crowe
Aqua Shard, South Bank
What: If you prefer your lemons in shots rather than on pancakes, make your way to Aqua Shard. It’s created a pancake cocktail (yes, really) which blends dark rum, maple syrup and chocolate vermouth. It’s even garnished with a miniature pancake, housed inside a caramel basket. Just don’t get too battered, yeah?
Where: Level 31, The Shard, St. Thomas Street, SE1 9RY
How much: £16.50
Avenue, St James’s
What: All-American joint Avenue is keeping things simple, but with US-style portion sizes. Think stacks of banana-topped pancakes, with salted caramel ice cream and chocolate fudge sauce, or go for the slightly lighter alternative of zesty passion fruit crêpe soufflé with vanilla sauce – God bless America.
Where: 7-9 St James's Street, SW1A 1EE
How much: £6
The Book Club, City
What: With its wacky schedule of entertainment and parties (a Beyoncé baby shower is planned for this Sunday 5 March), The Book Club was never going to be boring on Pancake Day. Its offering includes a stacked, pulled-pork option: buttermilk pancakes topped with sticky, crispy pulled pork and drenched in whisky maple syrup – we can feel the food coma already.
Where: 100-106 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH
How much: £7.50
What: Farmacy is all about deception (in a good way). Its menu of burgers and ice cream is actually plant-based and its pancakes are no different. For a guilt-free treat, try the gluten-free pancakes, served with fresh fruit, coconut ‘yoghurt’, chia berry jam and maple syrup. Pretty edible flowers complete the look, making for the perfect Insta-opportunity.
Where: 74-76 Westbourne Grove, W2 5SH
How much: £11
Foxlow Balham, Chiswick and Clerkenwell
What: Foxlow is serving up a hunk, a hunk of (hopefully not burning) batter this Shrove Tuesday. The Elvis is an unashamedly calorie-filled combo of ricotta, peanut butter, maple-glazed bacon and roasted banana. As if that wasn’t enough, it also comes with unlimited tea or coffee – sign us up.
Where: 15-19 Bedford Hill, SW12 9EX, 11 Barley Mow Passage, W4 4PH and 69-73 St John Street, EC1M 4AY
How much: £8
Heliot at The Hippodrome, Soho
What: The pancake of a carnivore’s dreams surely has to be from Heliot Steakhouse. Named the Meat Mountain Stack, this one consists of six American-style pancakes, a diced prime rump steak, six rashers of streaky bacon, two Cumberland sausages, a fried duck egg and lashings of maple syrup. Definitely not for the faint of heart, this one.
Where: 42-43 Cranbourn Street, Leicester Square, WC2H 7JH
How much: £14
The Ivy Market Grill, Covent Garden
What: For a classical offering from London’s most recognisable restaurant brand, tuck in to some fluffy goodness at The Ivy’s less-formal Covent Garden branch. Buttermilk pancakes come accompanied by Greek yoghurt, fresh berries and warm strawberry sauce.
Where: 1 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8PS
How much: £8.95
New Street Grill, City
What: Fancy stepping things up from the classic sugar-and-lemon offering? Then head to New Street Grill, where you’ll find a very decadent sweetcorn, foie gras and port reduction pancake. If that’s not posh enough for you, send your CV to Made In Chelsea.
Where: 16a New Street, EC2M 4TR
How much: £18.50
Polo Bar, City
What: This 24-hour eatery is putting food lovers to the test with its pancake challenge, until 28 February. If you can eat a stack of 10 in 10 minutes or less, your meal will be free of charge and they’ll throw in a free bottle of Prosecco too (for up to four to share). To make the challenge extra-hard, go for the gluttonous New Yorker: cheesecake cream, strawberries, biscuit crumbs and fruit coulis.
Where: 176 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4NQ
How much: £15 (or free, if you complete the challenge)
Viet Grill, Shoreditch
What: For a touch of international flavour, Viet Grill will be serving up a Vietnamese-style pancake on the big day. The pancake takes inspiration from the Vietnamese dish banh xeo (a sizzling cake) and will feature a coconut-and-turmeric rice pancake, chock full of red sea prawns, pork belly, mung bean sprouts and mushrooms.
Where: 58 Kingsland Road, E2 8DP
How much: £9
If you want to enjoy pancakes and the like all year round, check out our list of the best breakfasts in London, or get ahead on your weekend planning with great restaurants for weekend brunches in the capital.
This article was published 27 February 2017