Situated in amongst the classic architecture and feel of The Rocks, its lines testify to its popularity. Pancakes on the Rocks often has lines up the stairs and around the corner at peak meal times, and even in the witching hour, people are bustling in to devour a sweet pancake, or chow down on something slightly more savoury.
Chicken & Bacon Pizza with smeared guacamole and sour cream
As always, when I visit I order the Chicken and Bacon Pizza. It is $18 for a generous serving – most nights I can't make it through the last slice. Toppings of chicken, bacon, sundried tomatoes, olives, mushrooms and cheese are laid on so thickly it is almost impossible to pick up a slice. A dollop of sour cream and guacamole add the finishing touches. While it might not be good for my waistline, it is a delight for my taste-buds.
If savoury dishes aren't your thing, head straight for the sweet pancakes. Famous for their buttermilk recipe, these pancakes have you feeling full for $5 to $15. Many recommend the Devil's Delight, a serving of two chocolate pancakes with chocolate ice cream, strawberries and hot chocolate sauce – but not being much of a chocolate fan I prefer to split the Bananarama between friends. Two pancakes come covered in hot butterscotch sauce and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, thickened cream and a halved banana. They are a popular choice, with our table often ordering two or three plates.
The atmosphere upstairs is warm and cosy with timber walls and many little booths; however the downstairs can feel quite open in comparison. There is always a busy atmosphere no matter what time of the day you eat, and you never know who you'll see there. Peak times often require waiting in line, so best to avoid or make a booking.