Kyushu Pancake Cafe, which took Japan and Taiwan by storm, will open on 11 May in Singapore at Novena Regency. In Taiwan, you have to make reservations 3 months in advance to get a seat!
Koji Muraoka, the founder of Kyushu Pancake in Japan, has inspected the Singapore’s outlet and found it to his utmost satisfaction. He spent 18 months, searching, sourcing, mixing organic grains in Kyushu to find the perfect proportion for the flour.
In addition, everything is made in-house: the pancakes are hand-churned, not using machine (so much work!); they use an extremely refreshing chardonnay wildflower honey, made in-house, with no preservatives and must be discarded after 48 hours; the jams are also made in-house. Even the whipped cream is whipped freshly! Freshly whipped cream really makes a difference.
And when they told me who their suppliers are, I was taken aback: “WAH, you got such atas suppliers! No wonder your food tastes so fresh.”
The cafe uses the 7-grain flour for pancakes, waffles, and French toast. Unfortunately, when we were there, the French toast, which needs to be proofed overnight, wasn’t ready. The pancakes themselves have a light buckwheat flavor, and slightly chewy from the glutinous rice as part of the 7 grains. It tastes Asian, so don’t expect your American flavors.
The pancakes absorb flavors from whatever toppings on them. The savory pancake, Eggs benedict pancake, shows the difference between Japanese and Western food. It is Wafu styled, so the hollandise is not tart like the Western counterpart, and the bacon is soft, not crispy. I find the pancakes a little dry, but the bacon and asparagus are of a high quality.
The matcha Mont Blanc (above) is very pretty, but monotonously sweet to me. I wish the chestnut and matcha flavors can come on stronger. What we really like is the Berrylicious pancake: the homemade jam is out-of-the-world. It tastes clean and healthy and delicious. The waffles (below) needed to be crispier.
On a whole, this is a pleasant experience. We’d return for the berrylicious and try the caramel French toast. Expect to pay $20-$25 per pax for a main and a drink.
Kyushu Pancake Cafe Singapore
275 Thomson Road, Novena Regency, #01-08, Singapore 307645
T: +65 6352 6265
Value/Price: NA (price is not confirmed)
Overall Rating: 3.375/5
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.