Published on Thursday, 18 August 2016 00:00
Written by Cheryl Teo Kai Lin
Towering stacks of fluffy pancakes made with only the finest Japanese grains, and crisp waffles that permeate the restaurant with its sweet aroma are the treasures that lie within Kyushu Pancake Café, just waiting to be discovered by hungry diners. Enter the first authentic Japanese pancake specialist in Singapore, where true to Japanese style, only ingredients of the highest quality are used in its dishes.
Kyushu Pancake hails from Kyushu, Japan. It is the brainchild of Mr Koji Muraoka that came about from flashbacks of his parents taking him to a department store for hotcake meals as a child which he says are one of his happiest childhood memories. The young Koji also enjoyed observing his mother creating delicious hotcakes in the kitchen. With the recent revival of the pancake trend in Japan, Koji decided to recapture the good old days and thus, Kyushu Pancake Café was born to bring the taste of goodness and happiness to the masses.
After immense success spreading joy with its delicious pancakes in Japan and Taiwan, Kyushu Pancake decided to put down roots on the sunny shores of Singapore in May this year.
Pancakes can't get any more premium than the ones they serve up in Kyushu Pancake. With a flour mix consisting of superior grains sourced from seven different regions in Kyushu province, your satisfaction of its unique taste and texture is guaranteed.
Koji is so dedicated to creating the perfect pancake mix that he spent one and half years visiting multiple farms all over Kyushu and testing out numerous recipes through trial-and-error before hitting the jackpot with Wheat from Oita Prefecture (fertiliser free), Aigoma farmed Sprouted Brown Rice in Aya, Miyazaki, Millet from Unzen, Nagasaki, Pressed Barley from Saga Prefecture, Purple Rice from Kumamoto Prefecture, Rred Glutinous Rice fom Fukouka Prefecture, Non-Glutinous Rice from Kagoshima and raw sugar from Okinawa and Kagoshima.
The charming restaurant exudes a mordern, romantic Japanese vibe with a color scheme of cream, chocolate and soft brown hues with warm yellow filament bulbs illuminating the space that immediately puts you at ease. The restaurant seats a maximum capacity of 42 pax and is situated in the Novena area. The use of floor-to-ceiling glass windows gives the illusion of a bright and spacious area while the cozy home décor style creates a comfortable and peaceful ambience, a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life as you indulge in the finest pancakes and waffles that can be found in Singapore.
Iced Seasonal Fruit Tea, $7.90
Kyushu Pankcake's iced fruit tea is invigorating and refreshing with a generous portion of strawberries, apples, oranges and kiwis thrown into the chilled earl grey tea for a burst of freshness. To sweeten up the tea, passionfruit puree is added in, and it is the perfect ratio of sweetness to bitterness. The fresh fruits give the tea a very fruity and floral taste that is very light and will really complement your hearty mains and decadent desserts.
Karaage Chicken Waffle, $19
Fried chicken and waffles have gone hand in hand ever since the invention of the deep fryer and waffle iron. Kyushu Pancake's own take on it is a few notches above the rest with the premium ingredients used in making its buttermilk waffle and the chicken thigh deep fried in a Japanese cooking technique. We smelled the fried goodness of the dish before it even made its appearance, and when it was set on the table in front of us, our first thought was, “WOAH THAT IS ONE MASSIVE SLAB OF CHICKEN”, and then “HOLY SHIT IT SMELLS SO GOOD I JUST WANT TO CRAM THE WHOLE THING IN MY MOUTH.”
The monstrous karaage chicken and waffle is served alongside an egg sauce and white wine honey. The egg sauce is a concoction of mashed up hard boiled eggs, mayonnaise, cesar salad dressing, and secret herbs. The white wine honey which is Kyushu Pancake's number one signature sauce is prepared fresh everyday by cooking premium white wine with organic wild flower honey. The alcohol brings out the floral taste of the honey and is fully steamed off in the cooking process, so it's even safe for kids to consume.
The chicken karaage is coated with a very flavorful savory battery that is crisp on the outside but succulent, tender and bursting with yummy juices on the inside. The waffle also has a crisp exterior that is sweet where all the crunchy parts are, but its interior is as soft as a feather pillow with a faint hint of buttermilk. Squeeze the lemon wedges over the fried chicken for a bit of acidity, cut a portion of chicken along with the waffle, dip it into both the creamy egg sauce and delicate and floral white wine honey, and BOOM BABY, the whole shebang will envelope your tastebuds with constantly evolving orgasmic flavors and textures. Every ingredient used complements each other. A true gastronomical masterpiece.
Matcha Montblanc, $18
The mother of all matcha desserts – the Matcha Montblanc is one hell of a picker-upper. A mountainous pile of matcha mousse made with premium organic matcha imported from Japan, whipped cream and chestnut puree sits towering high on a stack of three fluffy pancakes. It is served with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. The thick matcha mousse is creamy and sweet with just a hint of bitterness while the pancakes are fluffy and warm which pairs well with the cold vanilla ice cream. This decadent, sugary treat can be shared among three as it is very substantial but definitely worth the calories.
Kyushu Pancake is reminiscent of our fond memories cafe hopping in Japan. Since it is an authentic Japanese brand, many Japanese residing in Singapore flock to this restaurant as it gives them a sense of home and they trust the quality of the food served (absolutely no preservatives used and everything is imported from Japan). If you ever have a craving for pancakes and waffles, don't just settle for those mediocre waffles found in neighborhood bakeries or soggy pancakes from fast food outlets, go for the absolute best at Kyushu Pancake, we promise you will not be disappointed.
Address: 275 Thomson Road, Novena Regency #01-08, Singapore 307645
Opening Hours: Daily 11am – 9pm
Reservation Hotline: +65 6352 6265