Pancakes are great as they are, but right now, Manila’s going crazy over a specific kind of flapjack: soufflé pancakes, which marries the golden-brown top and mild sweetness of pancakes with the fluffy, airy consistency of a soufflé, thanks to the use of a highly aerated batter (usually from the use of whipped egg whites). This particular style is especially famous in Japan, but it has since caught the eye of the rest of the world—the Philippines included.
There are a couple of theories on its roots. Some speculate that they were inspired by anime series Crayon Shin-Chan, whose titular character is said to have a soufflé pancake-like appearance; others claim it hails from Hawaii, first served in the '70s by an establishment called Eggs ‘n Things, which then expanded to open branches in Tokyo in 2010 and soon became a hit in the Land of the Rising Sun.
More than being totally 'grammable, they offer a much lighter, more delicate pancake experience that’s versatile enough to go with just about any flavor combo you can imagine. Here, we’ve rounded up all the places where you can order it in the Metro.
Here’s where you can find soufflé pancakes in Manila:
1. Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory Café
The Japanese cheese biscuit and soft-serve brand has finally opened their own café, and the star of their menu are their melt-in-your-mouth Japanese pancakes. They’ve got something for you no matter what your mood: try the Summer Berry Pancake (P315) with a mixed berry compote and nama cream if you’re after something lighter, or the Crème Brulee Pancake (P265) with a sweet-salty vanilla anglaise and torched sugar for a more decadent bite.
Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory Café has branches at G/F East Wing, Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Oranbo, Pasig City and G/F Central Garden, Ring Area, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Entertainment City, Parañaque City.
Coming from the same owners as Japanese-French establishment Epilogue, Prologue serves an extensive breakfast selection, among which is their take on Soufflé Pancakes (P350). This version toes the line between breakfast and dessert, coming with mixed berries, chantilly cream, homemade granola, raspberry sorbet, and bourbon vanilla.
Prologue is at 87 Scout Gandia Street, Laging Handa, Quezon City.
There’s a lot to try at this quaint Corinthian Hills establishment, but make sure to leave room for their soufflé pancakes. They’re light and fluffy—perfect for relishing in just about any time of the day—and can be had with roasted grapes, brown butter, and cream cheese cream (P320), or dark chocolate ganache, grilled bananas, and cream cheese cream (P290).
Apero is at Corinthian Hills, Temple Drive, Quezon City.
4. Le Petit Soufflé
This establishment specializing in all things soufflé was one of the first to introduce the pancake style in the country. Have it your way: plain (P180), with matcha (P180), matcha red bean (P345), cream cheese (P220), strawberries and cream (P325), or mangoes, almonds, and cream (P325).
Le Petit Souffle is at 3/F Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City.
5. Gram Café & Pancakes
This Japanese brand is finally on our shores, and they’ve got pancakes of all sorts—including some seriously towering soufflé variants that go by the name Premium Pancakes (P385/stack of three). It’s made in small batches, however, which means they’re only served at certain times of the day (11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 6 p.m.)—so set those alarms!
Gram Café & Pancakes is at 3/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.
6. Pancake House
The Philippine pancake favorite has recently branched out of their regular flapjacks and launched their own version of Soufflé Pancakes (P150) at the Tomas Morato, Bonifacio High Street, Burgos Circle, Magallanes, Rockwell, and Molito branches. You can have enjoy them plain with powdered sugar, or have them with blueberries, bananas, or mangoes for an additional P40. Either way, they’re just about perfect paired with coffee.
Pancake House has branches at Tomas Morato Avenue corner Scout Bayoran Street, South Triangle, Quezon City and B3, Bonifacio High Street, 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. See a list of Pancake House branches.
7. Puffy’s Soufflé Pancake Café
Hailing from the Shilin Night Market in Taipei, Puffy’s opened up shop at SM North Edsa in 2019. Their take on soufflé pancakes is made to order and comes in fun flavors like Chocolate (P140), Creme Brulee (P140), and even Milk Tea (P140) in addition to the Original (P140). If the hankering for sugar is especially strong, you can have the pancakes with ice cream for an additional P15, or paired with one of their special drinks like the Classic Pearl (P80) or the Wintermelon Tea (P110).
Puffy’s Soufflé Pancake Café is at 4/F The Block, SM City North EDSA, Bago Bantay, Quezon City.
8. Motto Motto
More than izakaya-style eats, Motto Motto serves up all-day brunch specials with a Japanese twist. Their Soufflé Pancakes (P250) will wake you up no matter what time of day, coming with three fluffy cakes, matcha butter, maple syrup, and whipped cream on every plate.
Motto Motto is at G/F Serendra, McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City.
Hong Kong dessert spot am.pm opened their shop here in the Philippines in 2019, and more than great soft-serve, they’re also known for their soufflé pancakes, which are as picturesque as they are totally tasty. The Original (P145) is worth a try on its own, but make space for the Crème Brulee (P210) variant—it has pancakes topped with a caramel sauce which they then torch for a welcome smokiness.
Am.pm is at 2/F Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Asean Avenue corner Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard, Aseana City, Parañaque City.
*This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.