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Published August 18th 2018
Pancake Place is an iconic part of Port Macquarie, having resided in the same spot for almost 30 years. The menu, however, has evolved over time into a delicious range of pancakes and crepes – sweet and savoury – to suit all palates.
The first thing to hit you upon entering this brightly-coloured eatery is the bird theme. Painted bird sculptures hang from the ceiling, pictures of birds in rainforest scenery adorn the walls, leadlight glass-framed images adorn windows and a mosaic-tiled artwork graces the front counter. All of these make you feel like you're in a bit of a tropical paradise.
But there's more. Shaped like an L (being on the corner of two streets), the cafe is separated into two areas with one side being a kids/family corner and down here there's playful decor which includes not only birds but well-known characters, with the likes of Pinocchio, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Tweety Bird and Dumbo, all adorning the area. Children can colour in or read a book whilst parents linger over chat.
It was for breakfast we arrived on a sunny Saturday morning and we were to be impressed not only by the decor but the food too. We were greeted promptly with a smile and escorted to a table. With the menu in our hands, we perused classic meals containing bacon and eggs (which can be had on pancakes or toast) as well as various cereals and bowls of seasonal fruits amongst sweet stacks of pancakes and savoury crepes.
The menu is vast and hubby chose the Canadian breakfast with bacon, eggs and tomato on toast, minus the maple syrup. Along with his cappuccino, it hit the spot. All the ingredients were wonderfully fresh and he proclaimed it was the best breakfast he's had in ages.
My choice was one of the fruity dessert pancakes – the Banana Passionfruit – with a side of cream and a jug of maple syrup. My sweet tooth was satisfied. There was a lot of banana though, a bit too much as it swamped the pancake but, nevertheless, it was fresh and delicious.
By the time we were finishing up, the place was pretty much packed with diners both young and old. It's a bustling and popular destination for breakfast but that is not all they do. They are open for lunch and dinner too with an interesting menu of gourmet crepes that include a Bacon & Potato with shallots, sour cream and melted cheese; a Seafood Marinara with succulent perch fillets and prawns; a Chicken Teriyaki on a bed of rice; a Salmon & Sour Cream; a Mexican with beef, chilli, capsicum, beans and cheese; a Vegie Delight; Tasty Meatballs; and a Bolognese with beef, onions, mushrooms, garlic, tomato and red wine. The list goes on and they all come with a selection of fresh fruits, salads and a bread roll. There's no going home hungry here.
For dessert, there is a myriad of sweet toppings to be had on pancakes that include raspberries and white chocolate, blueberries, peaches, choc chips, Nutella and a new Sticky Date option. The liqueur crepes sound good too with the likes of strawberries combined with Cointreau; the Rum Jamaican with banana, sultanas, coconut and brown sugar, topped with rum; and the Suzette in an orange brandy sauce. You could call these your nightcap after dinner. Alternatively, wash your meal down with cold drinks that include a range of smoothies, juices, spiders and milkshakes or hot drinks in the form of lattes, muggaccinos, hot chocolate and tea in a pot.
Pancake Place is all about sourcing fresh local ingredients with an aim of providing affordable food in a casual environment. The menu is extensive and also caters for gluten-free diets. For prices and the whole range of items, click here.
The cafe is ideally situated in the township opposite the Glasshouse Arts & Cultural Centre and shops, as well as being a short stroll down to the river. Don't miss the painted koalas along the way that are part of the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail, a fascinating attraction themselves. Once at the river, take the coastal walk along the sea wall of colourfully-painted rocks. It's a great way to rid yourself of some of the calories you've just consumed.
There's a lot of things to love about Port Macquarie and Pancake Place is certainly one of them. Wander down and try it for yourself.