Call us pancake monsters.
When it comes to breakfast, some of us have a total dependence on fresh-off-the-pan hotcakes. And there should absolutely be no shame in that reliance, since a pancake is such an ideal play between sweet and salty flavours, along with a heavenly spongy texture and the ability to fill you up. This alone gives it reasons aplenty for people to fall head over heels for ‘em hotcakes.
But for city dwellers whose lives are always on the go as if being on a fast-train track, having no time to make yourself pancakes does not mean you have to quit them. We’ve curated a list of the five eateries where they serve the best buttery hotcakes in Bangkok. Enjoy.
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Clinton St. Baking Co.
Clinton St. Baking Co. is all about classic American comfort food. The New York-born breakfast spot is serving buttermilk-enriched pancakes fresh out of the griddle along with a generous smear of warm maple butter and a shower of maple syrup. Once cut into, the hotcakes ooze out ooey-gooey comfort that will warm your heart right up.
Nestled on the first floor of Siam Paragon, the pancake house boasts a red-painted wall that makes you feel as though you’re dining out in an American barn — except that the pancakes are of the fine-dining kind. The venue offers a variety of flavours from blueberry to banana walnut and chocolate chunks pancakes. A New York Stack (3 pieces) is priced at THB 340 and a Short Stack (2 pieces) is priced at THB 280.
Clinton St. Baking Co., Siam Paragon, Ground Floor (North Zone), 991 Rama 1 Road, Bangkok, +662 129 4861. Open: Mon-Sun, 8 am-10 pm.
Note: As of 2020, Clinton St. Baking Co. has permanently closed its doors. We still revel in the great pancake memories, though.
When it comes to breakfast food, Breakfast Story is one of the actual gurus in the city. Lacing the menu with all the cool morning fare items, don’t expect to find a Gruyère salad or chicken parmesan here because you won’t see them. They are making wonders out of old breakfast staple dishes, using quality and organic ingredients to elevate the yumminess of timeless recipes. Go all egged out with their Great Eggspectations, which is a selection of egg dishes spanning fried egg, scrambled eggs and omelette that all come with your choice of sides like bacon, sausage, country potatoes and Texas toast. Pancakes are also one of their highlights. The hotcakes piled up on a plate always come with sides of high-fat butter and pure Canadian maple syrup.
Breakfast Story, 593/27, 2 Fl, Sukhumvit Road (Soi Villa), Bangkok, +662 258 1461. Open: 7 am-4 pm.
gram Cafe & Pancakes
Want a hotcake that actually boasts an airy slash eggy mouthfeel like that of a real cake? gram Cafe & Pancakes can offer you just that. The Japan-originated café is a real pancake savvy when it comes to making a pancake that’s tripled in size and fluffiness. Expect no dryness in their pancakes since they always stay in the permanent state of gooeyness.
gram Cafe & Pancakes, Siam Paragon, G Fl, 991 Rama I Road, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, +6661 469 6745. Open: Mon-Sun, 9:30 am-10 pm.
Dutch baby pancakes are really a thing of beauty. With the soufflé-like softness in the middle and the crisp crunch on the edge, what’s not to love? Situated on the G Floor of Noble Reform condominium, the German pancake-fueled Panary Cafe, offers a banquet of savoury and sweet toppings like smoked salmon, sausage, poached egg, prosciutto, kimchi, lemon curd, custard cream, caramel apple and more. Trade the regular pancakes for the Dutch baby ones on the day you need extra excitement for your meal.
Panary Cafe, G Floor, Noble Reform Condominium 8/1 Paholyothin 7, Bangkok, +662 116 6889. Open: Mon-Fri, 11 am-9 pm; Sat-Sun, 10 am-9 pm.
Chu Chocolate Bar & Café
Chu Chocolate Bar & Café: just the name alone suggests it to be a chocolate-centred café. One of the things they actually make best, however, is a pancake. The hotcakes here are aerated to pillowy perfection before getting fried until the skin turns slightly golden-brown on both sides. Chu’s secret maple syrup also plays a big part in creating that best-ever pancake experience, as well. So make sure you savour it until the last drop.
Chu Chocolate Bar & Café, 388 Exchange Tower Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, +6691 545 4847. Open: Mon-Fri, 7:30 am-9 pm; Sat-Sun, 8 am-9 pm.
This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Bangkok on 28 February 2019.