Having lived in Sydney for 3 years now, one thing that I really miss from Malaysia is the variety of food that you can get even in the wee hours of the morning – nasi lemak, char kuey teow, roti canai, wan tan mee, you name it. Unfortunately, the only food we can get at 8am in the morning is usually from fast food joints and the occasional cafe that starts early. Even yum cha (dim sum) places don’t start until 10am. That is, until I found out that Pancakes on the Rocks near our place actually starts at 7am (the one at The Rocks opens 24 hours!)! My oh my, finally, a nice change for breakfast at a decent breakfast time. So of course, we went there during the weekends (plural term because we went there a few times now) with Little J.
They have an extensive pancakes menu, a kids menu and also a breakfast menu (which is served all day). Since we were there for breakfast, we ordered from the breakfast menu. I had the Pancakes ‘n’ Sausage combo which came with 2 buttermilk pancakes topped with whipped butter and a side of sausages, fried egg and grilled tomato. My oh my, the pancakes were oh-s0-fluffy! I absolutely loved the soft, cottony and airy texture that melts in your mouth with a nice sweet aftertaste. Oh did I mention that every pancake dish also comes with a little jar of maple syrup? That’s perfect with the pancakes! Sure it might sound a little weird to have something sweet and savoury on the same plate, but really, I think the combination works for me.
Pancakes ‘n’ Sausage (AUD$13.95)
Saucer had the Aussie Sunrise which came with 2 buttermilk pancakes topped with whipped butter, bacon, fried egg and grilled pineapple and banana. I thought his combo was the winner – you’ve got the nice fluffy pancakes (which is a must), the crispy bacon, the runny egg and the sweet pineapple and banana to balance them all up. This would totally be my next order there.
Aussie Sunrise (AUD$14.95)
On a different visit, we also tried the Pancake Egg ‘n’ Hash, which came with buttermilk pancakes topped with whipped butter, hash brown and a fried egg. As much as I love hash browns, this was the one thing that didn’t fit in my books. I thought the potatoes in the hash brown were too coarsely shredded, didn’t stick well together and were not fried enough. The whole combination just resulted in hard potato shreds that even Little J didn’t enjoy, which was a shame. Otherwise, the pancakes were gorgeous as usual, so was the runny sunny side up!
Pancake Egg ‘n’ Hash (AUD$13.95)
Trying to grab this little monster before he escapes!
Overall, we had an enjoyable experience at POTR. The pancakes were lovely and more importantly, the environment was really kids friendly. Almost half of the tables were filled with families with kids. We will definitely return, maybe next time for something sweet!
One for the album
For more information: www.pancakesontherocks.com.au