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Published December 8th 2014
Much More Than Cheese and Potato Pancakes
The Pancake Parlour started in Australia the same decade as I was born. At the risk of sounding like an old timer, I remember when the city didn't have a trendy little cafe on every corner. The Pancake Parlour was the restaurant I was aspiring to when I was 'going out' with my new teenage boyfriend. To have pancakes instead of the usual three veg and meat dinner seemed very decadent.
Limited edition orange and poppy seed pancake
In the good old days there was no question about it - boys paid for dinner and girls never kissed on the first date - but that was decades ago so much is changed. Thankfully the Pancake Parlour stayed true to their good old-fashioned values and loyal to potato pancake lovers like me. Actually I think on my very first date I may have had a short stack, I'm sure I had a large iced chocolate... Um lovely!
I was a little surprised when I recently took my elderly aunt out for lunch and she chose the Pancake Parlour. I was doubly surprised when she also exclaimed that her favourite was the cheese and potato pancake. Perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised as this is one of their highly acclaimed pancakes. I'd love to know how they create the crust of gold melting cheese without burning it. I have tried many times to replicate it and even with whipped butter and a side salad it doesn't taste anywhere near as good as the Pancake Parlour version.
My forever favorite
We both were admiring the advertising of the limited edition orange and poppy seed pancake. It just goes to show that we may be predictable but are also willing to take a risk (after the potato and cheese pancake!). I hope the buttermilk pancakes topped with ice cream home-made warm orange syrup poppy seeds, orange zest and mint leaf is going to be around long enough to become my second best favorite. This set us back $15.90 but it was more than enough to share.
It's funny that we have never chosen the Pancake Parlour for breakfast even though that seems like a likely choice. I would rarely consider having pancakes for dinner at home yet I would go to the Pancake Parlour for one of their famous real Canadian pancakes or a famous Tabriz crêpes. At around $20 to $25 it's a fairly big meal especially if you had one of their extravagant long drinks. These aren't cheap or the obvious choice if you are on a diet but they always manage to be ordered.
A bit of entertainment
About every half an hour the old fashioned Chiity chitty bang bang style jalopy hanging from the roof starts to rumble. This has less appeal now than it did when I first went to the Pancake Parlour.
The waitresses and waiters explained the specials diligently. They obviously couldn't see that we were cheese and potato devotees from just looking at us. They seemed to be in no hurry and allowed us to have our leisurely lunch.
If you haven't been to the Pancake Parlour for a while this may be a good alternative for kids. After all who can resist a fluffy pancake topped with premium ice-cream and maple Syrup?
The restaurants are still set up like the old-fashioned American booth style
Located on Level 3 of the Eastland Shopping Centre, The Pancake Parlour is the ideally located near the cinemas and a place to meet after or before a strenuous shopping expedition.