Whether for breakfast, an afternoon treat or dinner’s sweet finale, pancakes, crepes and hotcakes are flat-out amazing. Perk up your day at these Melbourne hot spots.
Variations on the pancake are made all around the world but, as with many things in life, the French take is irresistible. The most eye-catching of La Petite Creperie’s three CBD outlets is a tiny former newspaper stand on Swanston Street. From lemon and sugar to Nutella and almonds, a little slice of heaven in a take-away cone beckons daily until late. You can also find them in Hardware Lane.
Another Melbourne French connection is Roule Galette, named for France’s buckwheat savoury pancakes. Their galette fillings include scallops, pork sausage and several cheesy options. Of course they have sweet savoir faire too, with crepe bait such as homemade salted caramel. Bon appétit!
If it’s time for a treat, why not go all in with White Mojo’s strawberry buttermilk pancakes? Sweet-talk yourself into a strawberry creme chantilly, vanilla ricotta, lemon curd, fresh and freeze-dried fruit, white chocolate crumb and maple syrup indulgence.
You’ve had pancake stacks before, but what about a crepe cake? Layer upon layer of thin crepes interspersed and topped with temptation, these odes to excess await at Dex2rose. Loaded with gelato, drizzle sauce and crumble, they’re available in salted caramel, milk tea and matcha flavours. At Magic Mountain Saloon, you might need a stiff drink after the Thai Tea Crepe Cake.
Uptown sugar fix
The CBD doesn’t have a monopoly on these discs of deliciousness. A few tram stops west in Docklands, Berth Restaurant & Bar starts the day right with waterside city-skyline sunrises and buttermilk hotcakes. Topped with lemon curd, seeds, berries, puffed grains, maple syrup and ice-cream, they’re both naughty and nice.
Just to the north within the leafy grounds of Melbourne Uni, the folks at Carte Crepes are studiously perfecting the sweet crepe. With its mash-up of caramel, melted chocolate and peanut butter, we give The Snickers an A+.