Pancake Tuesday was such a significant day in my calendar as a child. The thought of stuffing my face with stacks of pancakes seemed like the best thing ever. And it was. These days, while I still indulge on this important day, I also love to eat them year-round, and thankfully, there are plenty of places in Dublin flipping pancakes every day. From sweet to savoury, fluffy to flat, here are some of my favourites.
Alma, 12 South Circular Road, Dublin 8
You may have spotted the pancakes from this newly opened, Argentinian cafe with a twist, already on Instagram. Because just like the café, they are picture perfect. Their fluffy buttermilk pancakes with a brandy and orange mascarpone are served with poached vanilla pears, and topped with orange zest, candied almonds and then all drenched in the most divine homemade dulce de leche. You can add crispy bacon too. Served daily on their breakfast menu.
Gertrude, 130 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
If American-style pancakes are what you’re after, head to Gertrude. They always have pancakes on the breakfast menu here, served simple & stacked, with orchard syrup and honey butter. You can add bacon, sausage or fried egg. The sausage is a perfect match. Order a diner mug of refillable filter coffee for the ultimate ‘am I in a movie?’ breakfast.
The Cake Café, The Daintree Building, 8 Pleasants Pl, Dublin 2
Tucked away off Camden Street, you’ll find the charming Cake Cafe where they do all-day brunch every day, which includes an excellent pancake option. Their carrot and walnut cakes are made with wholemeal flour and almond milk and you can order them with citrus curd and banana or poached seasonal fruit with the option of adding bacon.
Two Boys Brew, 375 North Circular Road, Dublin 7
I praise this uber-stylish neighbourhood café a lot for nailing the modern brunch classics and within their brilliant repertoire is always an excellent version of ricotta hotcakes. At the moment, they are doing a blackberry & pear version with honey roasted pears, spiced apple puree, blackberry compote, gingerbread crumb and vanilla mousse. How could you resist?
Voici, 1A Rathgar Rd, Dublin 6
When you still want pancakes and it’s dinner time, you need to head to Voici in Rathmines. Authentic French galettes are crafted with black sarrasin flour from Brittany and served with Irish twists — the Allez Les Bleus is stuffed with pear, Cashel blue and walnuts & drizzled or try Le Traditionnel with Irish ham, cheddar and Ballymaloe relish.
Eathos, 13a Upper Baggot St and 8-11 Lower Baggot St
Eathos serve up some of the prettiest pancakes in town. The light buckwheat pile comes covered with blueberries, blackberries, cacao nibs, bee pollen, maple syrup, coconut whip and usually an edible flower or two. Available daily on their all-day brunch menu and they happen to be wheat and dairy free too.
Balfes, 2 Balfe Street, Dublin 2
Head to Balfes for New York brasserie breakfast vibes and an extensive selection of their ‘Bodybyrne’ oat pancakes — a recipe developed for them by a neighbouring gym. Eat them with berries and agave, eggs and avocado, almond butter and banana or blueberries, maple and bacon.
Le Petit Breton, 1A Drumcondra Road Lower, Dublin 9
The French sure know how to serve a pancake, or crêpe if we are feeling correct. Whatever you call them, they taste great. Savoury versions are made with buckwheat flour and served with cheese, egg, ham, salad — there’s even a breakfast version with sausage and pudding. And there is a long list of irresistible sweet crêpes.
Tang, Abbey Street, Dublin 1
These are definitely pancakes I could devour daily. Tang do perfect, light and squishy buckwheat pancakes served with Greek yoghurt, fresh berries, pecan nuts, honey and a dollop of almond butter. Simple and satisfying with excellent coffee on the side.