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Strictly Pancakes is the result of the Pancake Pact between owners Joanne Chuah and Eunice Leow and the desire for creating great tasting food for patrons to enjoy in a relaxed atmosphere.
Sweet and Savoury pancakes.
Strictly Pancakes is conveniently located at Prinsep Street, a short walk away from the Dhoby Ghaut MRT station. Located in town, many teenagers and even students from schools nearby, such as SMU, will flock to Strictly Pancakes to grab a bite or a dessert. It is a quaint restaurant with very cute decorations and a long queue is often spotted outside the restaurant. Therefore, you might have to make a reservation in advance or go at a non-peak hour timing so as to shorten your waiting time.
Almost the entire menu is made up of pancakes and that is what people are here for! There are quite a number of flavors to choose from to go with your pancakes. You can either have the sweet and savoury pancakes or pancakes with toppings, such as grilled salmon, garlic prawns etc. The grilled salmon pancakes was not fantastic. The pieces of grilled salmon were quite little the last time I went, and did not really go well with pancakes. The garlic prawns one was quite good! The smell of garlic was not over empowering and the prawns were fresh, which went rather well with pancakes. The sweet and savoury pancakes were too sweet, even for a sweet tooth like me. It would be a good dessert to share with everyone as each set that you order consists of three slices of pancakes. My friends and I decided to share 3 pancakes amongst the 4 of us, and were we glad we made the choice! The pancakes tasted more and more like flour as we ate and the portions were huge. Luckily for the toppings, if not I'd think that Macdonald's pancakes taste better than this!
Price wise, the pancakes are priced at around $12 - $15. It is quite reasonable, provided you order the correct pancakes which has more toppings. Oh and one friendly reminder, do not go Strictly Pancakes with the thought that you are only having a dessert. No, it is certainly more filling than that!
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Strictly Pancakes is located walking distance from Dhoby Ghaut MRT and is one of the first few restaurants in Singapore to challenge the concept of pancakes being a dessert, by including savoury pancakes in their menu. Such as prawn pancakes.
I first visited the restaurant 2 years back and didn’t really enjoy the experience. I wanted to be adventurous and ordered the savoury prawn pancakes. However, while it was an interesting flavour and idea, it didn’t float my boat. The first few bites were rather pleasant but after a while, the taste started becoming a little “Ge lat” until I couldnt finish my food and left an entire pancake on the plate.
Worse still, the pancakes were very pricey. I forgot how much I paid for them but I have a recollection that one plate of pancakes costed at least $15. While I’m sure others may be more receptive to savoury pancakes, it wasn’t satisfactory for me!
Who Says Pancakes are Only for Breakfast?
What can be better than a pancake house that sells both sweet and savoury pancakes? A pancake house that sells both sweet and savoury pancakes with Wifi and charging ports! One thing about Strictly's is that the shop space is quite small and as such, limited seats. We manage to get a seat after waiting for around 15-20 minutes.
What's better than a pancake house that sells both sweet and savoury pancakes? A pancake house that sells both sweet and savoury pancakes with Wi-Fi and charging ports! While that is a big plus, one downside to Strictly's is that the shop space is quite small and as such, has limited seats. We managed to get a seat after waiting for around 15-20 minutes.
Unlike the first time I visited Strictly, my friend and I got a seat on the second level, which I love. A translucent rooftop to allow natural light to come through and sofas that made the entire environment extremely homely and comforting - perfect for a pancake house! In terms of service, the staff were overall friendly and refilled our cups when they see them being empty and attended to us very quickly.
I ordered 'The Druggie', a chocolaty dish which is every chocolate lover's dream come true: 3 thickly stacked pancakes, with chocolate sprinkled all over, a homemade luscious chocolate sauce and a scoop of chocolate ice-cream. To make it better, it is served with a side of strawberries so that you won't feel sick of the chocolate. Great for chocolate lovers and promises to satisfy your chocolate crave with this decadence of chocolate overdose.
3 thickly stacked pancakes, with chocolate sprinkled all over, a special homemade luscious chocolate sauce and a scoop of chocolate Ice-Cream, a side of strawberries so that you won't feel sick of the chocolate. Great for chocolate lovers and promises to satisfy your chocolate crave with this decadence of chocolate overdose.
Forget about that pancake stomach!
I've been to Strictly Pancakes a few times already but haven't gotten around to writing a review about it. I've probably also tried most, if not all of the signature items on the menu- there was once where I ventured there with a large group of friends and we practically ordered every single item off the menu and shared around so everyone got to sample everything! So I do consider myself quite the pancake connoisseur :-)
What I love about Strictly Pancakes is their homely interior, with walls plastered with various quotes and cartoon murals of pancakes which gives off a very appealing vibe. Having been to both the Prinsep and East Coast branches, I must say that it is the same for both. I also like the idea of being able to choose your own type of butter: from the more off-the-trodden-path rum & raisin, to the more classic garlic and herb and salted/ unsalted butter. The maple syrup served alongside the quintessential butter also complements the fluffy pancakes perfectly and doesn't taste odd even when eaten with the savoury flavours.
My personal favourite is the garlic butter prawns-though mind you, if you choose this flavour there may be no need for the above-mentioned condiments as the intense garlicky flavour of the sauce drowns out everything. The pancakes provide a subtly sweet taste which goes really well with the butter sauce (though a precautionary note for the small eaters: this will fill you up quickly as the sauce is rather rich).
Other significant ones that are worth a mention are the druggie and tiramisu, though they taste rather alike to me as they are both exceedingly chocolatey and have chocolate pancakes as the base; if i'm not mistaken. Served with a generous scoop of ice cream and complete with chocolate shavings, these dessert themed pancakes are a delight to eat but may get too jelat after a while, so do remember to share with a friend.
That being said, there are other gems on the menu as well, such as lemon curd, potato leeking cheese ( two thick pancakes stuffed with potatoes and leek), and pigs in a blanket ( two pancakes encasing fresh sausages which go exceptionally well when drenched in maple syrup). Definitely worth a try :-)
Pancakes All Day, Everyday
I love pancakes. I'll have pancakes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and anytime in between. However, I love my pancakes in classic maple syrup fashion. So having chanced upon Strictly Pancakes' savoury and dessert menu, the flapjacks-lover in me couldn't help myself anyway.
Its quaint shop-house location across the busy Dhoby Ghaut area made the pancake venture even more gleeful. I attacked the savoury list and went for a triple stack with garlic buttered prawns. Though already paired with the appropriate garnish, my plate still came with an accompanying slab of butter and a vial of maple syrup.
One can never have too many pancakes but the triple stack did it for me. If savoury or sweet pancakes isn't to your liking, a customisation menu is also available. Turn your dinner into breakfast in your choice of a two-, three-, or four-stack with chipolatas, scrambled eggs, and good ol' bacon.
Strictly (good) pancakes
To get to Strictly Pancakes, I will usually alight at Dhoby Ghaut MRT (NS24/NE6/CC1) and walk over. It is a distance away, walk past the School of the Arts (SOTA), across the traffic light, turn left and walk all the way straight. For first-timers, it might be a little difficult to find the place.
When I am there to get dinner at around 7 or 8, there will be about three to five groups of people waiting in front. The wait can be from 15 minutes all the way to 30 minutes or more, depending on how fast the other customers finish their food. You can seat either indoors (two levels) or outdoors.
Choose between the savoury or sweet pancakes. For dinner, I usually go for the savoury ones as sweet would seem a bit more for dessert. I prefer the Garlic Buttered Prawns set, you might think savoury will not go well with pancakes but no, this is good! The prawns are well-marinated and with the creamy sauce, it will leave you asking for more. Prices start from S$12 for the savoury pancakes.
Once you have decided which to go for, choose between two or three pancakes and the butter to go with your pancakes. Two pancakes can be quite filling actually. As for butter, they have got the usual salted and unsalted butter as well as garlic & herb and rum & raisin. I would opt for either one of the last two as it is something different. Unless you pay attention to the taste, otherwise the subtle difference makes not much of a difference.
Strictly pancakes would be your pricier alternative of pancakes, great for gatherings or dates.
Sweet Pancakes, Savoury Pancakes, All Great Tasting Pancakes!
Since 2010, Strictly Pancakes has been serving up... what else? Fluffy, buttery, soft pancakes in all types of flavour profiles, sweet and savoury alike. Strictly Pancakes is sure to leave you satisfied, and wanting more!
Ambience at Strictly Pancakes is akin to an ice cream parlour, casual, laid-back, and hip. With hues of yellow and brown, a large chalkboard framing the counter, modern furniture, and quirky pictures, Strictly Pancakes appeals to the young at heart. It helps that prices are also rather wallet friendly, ranging from SGD $7 - $15.
Service at Strictly Pancakes is friendly and quick. While pancakes are made to order, it only takes about 5 minutes at most, ensuring your order is served fast. The young staff here are chirpy and upbeat, but things still get done professionally. Vey good service.
Food at Strictly Pancakes revolves largely around their signature pancakes, through they do offer sandwiches as well. Toppings range from the classics, to genius inventions by founders Joanne and Eunice. I find the ingredients to be fresh, and of good quality, and that makes a lot of difference when each dish only has 2 or 3 such ingredients. A short stack has 2 pancakes, a medium is served with 3, and a large stack comes with 4 pancakes! Excellent taste as well!
Each order comes with a choice of butter and syrup, like the Garlic Herb Butter And Maple Syrup, which is the most popular combination here.
The Pancakes With Omelette And Chicken Chipolata features an eggy omelette stuffed with tomatoes and cheese, which makes it quite filling. The chicken chipolata sausage is meaty, with some bite, and is well grilled.
The Pancakes With Scrambled Eggs And Bacon features softly scrambled eggs that are still semi-runny, semi-solid, and just lovely. The bacon is fragrant, with a nice char and lifts the overall taste of the dish.
The sweet classic Pancakes With Apple And Cinnamon And Vanilla Ice Cream has a generous topping of caramalised apples, with some crunch that demonstrates its freshness. The cinnamon syrup is a little thick though, but sweet enough. I also like that the vanilla ice cream is of good quality, it doesn't melt too quickly despite the hot syrup surrounding it.
The savoury Pancakes With Garlic Buttered Prawns And Salad is a signature dish here. While rather unhealthy, the excellent melted garlic butter makes a nice coating for the dish, and the prawns are fresh and meaty. The accompanying salad of cherry tomatoes and rocket leaves are fresh and pair well with the sauce.
I really wanted to like this
I really, really wanted to like this place. So much so that DESPITE my previous experience, I foolishly went back again.
The pancakes was indeed fluffy, but they seemed to just get mushy with time, and they always left a funny astringent taste on my tongue which I really dislike. I love the fact they had such a variety of sweet and savoury pancakes though!
I did enjoy the milkshakes though, which helped wash away the funny taste.
Best savoury pancakes in SG
As a lover of sweet treats, I was a little apprehensive about ordering the savoury pancakes when I visited Strictly Pancakes for the first time. My friends who visited the place before insisted that the savoury pancakes were better than the sweet ones, and they were right.
Taking a leap of faith, I decided to order the Garlic Buttered Prawns Pancakes ($14). I like my pancakes sweet so I thought that savoury pancakes would be really weird, but such thoughts flew out of my head the moment I took a bite of my pancake. The balance between the creamy but surprisingly light sauce and the fluffy pancakes was well-maintained.
I tried my friends' Banana-scotched Pancakes ($12) and Blackforest Pancakes ($12) and they were average at best. I found that the sauces were a tad too sweet for my liking. So next time you pay the place a visit, don't bother to order the sweet pancakes.
Awesome fluffy pancakes!
I absolutely adore Strictly Pancakes. I can eat pancakes for breakfast, lunch or dinner! I know some people are like, "Pancakes are reserved for breakfast." But I dare to differ.
I absolutely loved the garlic buttered prawns pancake from Strictly. It was simply delicious but the portions were too big for me even after I downsized it (2 pancakes instead of 3). I've also tried the one with ferrero rocher which wasn't as nice as I had expected. It was too sweet and too chocolatey, it drowned the taste of my pancakes. As usual, I couldn't finish it as well so I suggest you to share the meal if you normally have a small appetite.
I think the price for the pancakes are decent. It's not too expensive but not too cheap either. Honestly, I think you should just go there for the garlic buttered prawns. It's probably their best one.
Pancakes For The Chocoholics
I find myself dining Strictly Pancakes for teatime or dessert only. I heard about it after countless of my friends post pictures of their dishes on Instagram. I went there with a friend, we barely had to wait as we went on a Tuesday afternoon.
I order the "WHAT-A-SPREAD" which was so good but I think I can only afford to eat the dish once every few months. If I ate the dish everyday, I will be infused with sugar all the time. The peanut butter pancakes tastes really fluffy. I did not get bored of the taste due to the vanilla ice-cream, Nutella and Kinder Bueno over the stack of pancakes. The portion was too much for me even if I ate it as a meal.
My friend order the "THE DRUGGIE" which was more for the chocoholics out there. The chocolate pancakes with really fluffy too and served with chocolate ice cream accompanied by a few slices of strawberries. To top it off, warm chocolate sauce drizzled all over the dish. My water is watering as I typed out the two dishes. A definitely visit by the end of this week!