Reviews by Katy Salter
The Breakfast Club
You don’t have to rise early to enjoy pancakes at The Breakfast Club. This small-chain of cafes serves them through ‘til 5pm. There are even pancakes with berries on the dinner menu, which you can wash down with a cocktail (or BYO in the Soho branch). The Soho original is cosy and ramshackle: exposed brick walls covered in Polaroids and fairy lights, 80s music blasting from the stereo. From the five pancakes available in the day, our favourite is the All-American, piled high and served with crisp home-fry potatoes and streaky bacon (or veggie sausage).
The Breakfast Club, 33 D’Arblay Street, London W1F 8EU. 020 7434 2571; thebreakfastclubcafes.com
The Modern Pantry
For posh pancakes, head to The Modern Pantry. Anna Hansen’s elegant restaurant in a Clerkenwell townhouse serves delicious breakfasts in its ground-floor cafe. The pancakes are a menu stalwart: light and airy circles of raspberry and ricotta, served with berry compote and a dollop of crème fraiche. They’re perfect with a strong coffee: try a long black (the flat white’s lesser-known sister), made with Caravan espresso.
The Modern Pantry, 47-48 St John’s Square, London EC1V 4JJ. 020 7553 9210; themodernpantry.co.uk
Granger and Co
Photo credit: Mikkel Vang
Bill Granger deserves a medal for services to pancakes. The Aussie chef introduced the world to fat and fluffy ricotta hotcakes, an institution in his Sydney cafes. They appear unchanged on the menu at Granger and Co, his chic Notting Hill restaurant, where they’re drenched with honeycomb butter and served with slices of banana.
Granger and Co, 175 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2SB. 020 7229 9111; grangerandco.com
When Brixtonites need a pancake fix, they head to Senzala in Brixton Market. This popular spot serves authentic French crêpes and buckwheat galettes (which are gluten-free) with a variety of sweet and savoury toppings. The spinach, cheese and herb-crammed crêpe is particularly good. Follow them with strawberry- and Belgian chocolate-stuffed pancakes for dessert, accompanied by mojitos and Caipirinhas mixed by Senzala’s friendly Brazilian owners.
Senzala Crêperie, Brixton Village Market, 41-42 Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8PS. 020 7274 2211; senzalacreperie.co.uk
US-style restaurants are two-a-penny in London, but for real-deal American pancakes, head to Blue Plate in Chiswick. Blue Plate is an off-shoot of cult bakery, Outsider Tart, run by the two Davids, who relocated to London from NYC. Their weekend brunch menu includes buttermilk pancakes, served with fresh blueberries and a pat of butter. This is also one of the few places in London you’ll find johnnycakes: these fried cornmeal cakes are similar to pancakes, and Blue Plate serves them with a fried egg, ranchero sauce and cheese.
Blue Plate, 85 Chiswick High Road, London W4 2EF. 020 7096 1609; outsidertart.com/blueplate