The Pancake Manor – A 24 Hours (Sweet) Solution @ Brisbane, Australia (Chapter 3)March 23, 2011 | 1,140 views
The Waffle with Chocolate fudge and Vanilla Ice Cream, dusted with icing sugar (about AUD10.95 each) – Bound to get you into a sugar rush … but what the heck!
Must Finish All Chapters before the Next One! Motormouth is adamant about this, and I’m stretching my neck, back, arms and all in a most strenuous manner; albeit the eyelids are drooping to an all time low.
I will be back to Ipoh (again?) this weekend, but shall be away for work (again?!!!!!!!) throughout the few days. Talk about tight schedule, the last REAL weekend I had was before this Gold Coast excursion two or three weeks ago. And I have had no rest ever since.
Anyway, here’s a place we accidentally bumped into on our last night in Brisbane city. We knew about this Pancake Manor from a colleague, but with only an hour or so to spare before we had to take a cab to the airport, we did not foresee this opportunity arising. A quickie food pit-stop before the departure, if you will.
And when we came across this sign, we had the same inkling that this MIGHT just be the place SY was talking about …..
A grand cathedral built in 1904, this place brought much nostalgia and charm, if not slightly too eerie if you’re eating your pancakes in the middle of the night. Alone?
Worn, faded long wooden benches; almost an exact replica of the olden days when people gathered over a feast after a function at the church.
A beautifully adorned brick wall with posters and colourful advertisements.
This place just BEGGED to be photographed lefts and rights. But then again, time was a luxury then …. rushing for a midnight flight back to Singapore, hence the rush.
Pancakes with roasted Macadamia nuts, vanilla ice-cream, cream and maple syrup. (AUD12.95)
Since this place was named as such, it’s dumb NOT to order their famous pancakes. At least a waffle, or maybe a crepe. But of course, they do serve sandwiches, salads and even steaks, in case you’re craving for something savoury than sweet.
Truthfully, we did not find the pancakes being extra fluffy, or exceptionally memorable. The abundance of crunchy macadamia nuts accentuated the textural component of the pancake, but the melting (or half-melted upon arrival) vanilla ice-cream was bland. The waffle was okay, but the chocolate fudge was extremely sweet. Lest you have a sweet tooth, go for the ones with fruity flavours.
That being said, this place still warrants a visit for the sheer pleasure of basking in the century old ambience. Nicely retained walls of brick, with ceilings reaching to the roof and chandeliers hanging from the top. I sure won’t mind a revisit if I’m ever in Brisbane again, as pancakes and milk shakes sound like a killer combination after a meal.
A 24 Hours Solution. Just don’t sleep overnight here. Wonder if that’s permissible?
Pancake Manor (www)
24 Hours Fully Licensed
18 Charlotte Street,
Ph: 07 3221 6433
*Is that it? Nah …. There are actually two more chapters (promise I’ll keep this short, I am already running out of words), then we close this one, and start afresh with another. Two more days before the weekend …. let’s get a tan?