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Pancakes at the Rocks

Buttermilk pancakes with vanilla ice-cream and maple syrup

Well, theoretically, we were at Harbourside, but it was one of the franchises of the famous pancake house from the Rocks.

It’s been years since I’ve been to Pancakes at the Rocks to eat – my family and I used to go when I was a little girl, and my sister and I would both order the kids pancakes – the Mad Hatter (a pastry-wrapped square beef patty on top of a pancake) and Alice in Wonderland, which was a pancake topped with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream with hundreds and thousands. It was always such a fun experience.

The menu has changed a lot, the old restaurant is still there and they’ve clearly flourished because now they have three franchises (with more opening soon).

We decided to go to Harbourside just because it was closer than the Rocks, but the franchise lacked the old world charm of the wooden stairs and the actual location at the Rocks.  Which meant the pancakes had better be spectacular.  And which they sadly were not.  I stuck to their “famous buttermilk pancakes”.  So famous they now sell the pre-mix to the public.

I ordered the two stack, and two enormous pancakes turned up with a large scoop of ice-cream on top, dusted liberally with icing sugar, with maple syrup on the side. The pancakes tasted really heavy and doughy – the opposite of my idea of a good buttermilk pancake which is light and fluffy.

The service was good although the ambiance of the place is extremely loud – there are no soft furnishings at all so all the sound gets trapped in the room and bounces around the wood and glass which makes for a not too pleasant way to enjoy your food.

If you want to experience Pancakes at the Rocks, I’d recommend you actually go to the original at the Rocks.  Perhaps the surroundings make you a little more forgiving for what are pretty average pancakes.  I think I’ll just live with my memory of the fun I used to have as a little girl.

Pancakes at the Rocks – the original
4 Hickson Rd, The Rocks, Sydney
Tel: 02 9247 6371
Open 24 hours, 7 days a week

Pancakes at the Rocks – Darling Harbour
229-230 Harbourside Shopping Centre, Darling Harbour
Tel: 02 9280 3791
Open: Sunday – Thursday 7am till 1030pm | Friday and Sat 7am till 12midnight


Bathers’ Pavilion Cafe

Picture perfect morning at Bathers’ Pavilion Cafe

It’s really very difficult to beat a perfect day in Sydney in Autumn or Spring. The weather just makes everything look like it’s been colour enhanced with its azure blue skies and there’s a breeze that gives a hint of cool respite from the sun.

This morning was one of those perfect days and we decided to take advantage of it and grab breakfast down at the Bathers’ Pavilion Cafe at Balmoral Beach.

Mid-way through my breakfast fry-up – scrambled eggs on toast with bacon, sausage, portabello mushroom, roasted tomato and potato rosti

Bathers’ is a Sydney institution – one of those iconic restaurants that have been around for as long as I can remember, making indoor beachside dining even more sunny than outside.  In addition to the spectacular views this place has, the rest of the dining experience is just spot on, starting from the friendly and efficient staff who are ever attentive and seem to magically appear when you are ready to order, but you never noticed prior to that moment.  It’s also comforting to know that it’s also had the same chef for the last 12 years, with chef/owner Serge Dansereau still at the helm.

I stuck to my standard big breakfast – scrambled eggs on toast with roasted tomatoes, bacon, pork sausage, portabello mushroom and potato rosti.  It turned up shortly after I ordered, the eggs perfectly cooked juuust on the right side of runny, the bacon cooked to salty perfection – it all looked so appealing that I immediately tucked into the food before I remembered to take a photo.

Blueberry pancakes

My sister ordered the blueberry pancakes.  I had buttermilk pancakes from Pancakes at the Rocks earlier this week, and found them very doughy and not at all what I remembered.  The ones at Bathers’, on the other hand, were amazingly light and fluffy, not too sweet, with fresh blueberries cooked into the pancake like little treats with each mouthful.

A stroll along the beach after makes for an absolutely perfect Sydney morning.

Bathers’ Pavilion Cafe
4 The Esplanade, Balmoral, Sydney
Tel: (612) 9969 5050