September 24, 2014
Sarah's The Pancake Café @ East Village, Simpang Bedok
I was half-expecting to see a lady named Sarah behind the counter at Sarah's The Pancake Café, but still true enough to its name, this new Halal establishment at East Village Mall in the Simpang Bedok vicinity focuses on mainly pancakes, serving up both sweet and savory version. What the concise menu lacks in variety, the café certainly made it up with touches of creativity. Homemade potato pancakes or chendol-inspired crepes, anyone?
Yes for this PinkyPiggu and friend, as we went ahead to order the Ala Dol ($12), a chendol-inspired crepe filled with fresh red bean paste, and topped with crunchy sweet corn kernel, green pandan jelly, attap chee and refreshing coconut ice cream. I would say this is a very interesting twist to the well-loved dessert, but perhaps a bolder drizzle of quality gula melaka (palm sugar) would pull the overall flavor together better.
Other sweet choices such as The MJ ($14) - white and dark chocolate chip pancakes served with caramelised banana, and Sweet Tropical ($12.50) - coconut pancakes accompanied by slices of mango and homemade butter, sounds no less enticing, but we wanna give the savory pancake a try as well. Tummy space and calories has to be spent wisely, especially when portion seems to tip towards the generous end. Best is to share.
Even so, both of us couldn't finished the recommended Al Istanbul ($14), a stack of pancakes with grated potato within and served with smoked turkey ham slice. Though competently executed to a fluffy texture, the taste felt a bit flat and eating it became a tad monotonous beyond the first piece. Still, it was something different from the usual The Benedicte ($15) with smoked salmon and poached eggs, or Morning Run ($12) of pancakes with turkey bacon and scrambled eggs.
A tiny selection of Sides and Pastas ($4.50 to $11.50) are available as well, and Coffee ($4 to $5.50) is brewed using Santino's house blend. We ordered the ice version, not just due to the sweltering heat outside, but also partly because they don't do latte art here, which somehow made the whole coffee drinking experience incomplete.
They can do Batter, and hopefully better.
Sarah's The Pancake Café
Address: East Village, 430 Upper Changi Road #01-62, Singapore 487048
Contact: +65 8333 5451
Opening Hours: Sun-Thu 9am-10pm / Fri & Sat 9am-11.30pm