One of our favourite food holidays is just around the corner! Pancake day, also known as Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras, is the day when it is perfectly acceptable, if not encouraged to gulp down as many pancakes as humanly possible!
Whether you are planning on celebrating out or you are more keen to show off your pancake flipping skills in the privacy of your own home, Sauce brings you the rundown on best places in town, alongside a super pancake recipe.
Celebrate Mardi Gras at Le Pont de la Tour
Join Le Pont de la Tour for Mardi Gras on 9th February and celebrate Pancake Day in true French style! Head chef Frederick Forster will be serving the very special retro classic Crepes Suzette which will be dramatically served up table-side. Guests will also be able to enjoy his delicious pancakes during the weekend with Le Pont de la Tour’s new brunch menu.
Creative takes on pancakes for Shrove Tuesday at Tom’s Kitchen
Tom’s Kitchen restaurants in Chelsea, St Katharine Docks, Canary Wharf and Somerset House, are set to celebrate with a delicious selection of gourmet pancakes available for lunch and dinner on Tuesday 9th February. Guests can choose from the Lobster Pancake with grain mustard and cheese or the Potato Pancake with duck egg and mushroom ragout. For dessert, the Tom’s Kitchen chefs will be serving up Crepes with orange butter sauce and marmalade.
Holy Crepe! Prosecco and Pancakes at OXBO Bankside
OXBO Bankside will be serving up all-you-can-eat pancakes and a glass of prosecco for only £14 per person this Shrove Tuesday. Stay traditional with lemon and sugar or get creative with their extensive selection of toppings from whipped cream and chocolate sauce to fresh strawberries and popping candy.
Celebrate Shrove Tuesday with Soho favourite Blanchette and Les Deux Amies
To celebrate Shrove Tuesday, Parisian bistro Blanchette will partner with French crêpe and galette specialists Les Deux Amies to host an all-day pancake pop up. Founders Adeline and Caroline together with head chef Tam Storrar, will be whipping up fluffy crepes and galettes, offering both classics and Blanchette twists, available both to eat in and take away.
Flippin ‘eck; Buttermilk pancake stack at Big Easy Canary Wharf
Spend this Shrove Tuesday tucking into Big Easy’s buttermilk pancakes! The mighty stacks are served straight from the griddle and accompanied by maple syrup. Guests can choose between classic, blueberry and chocolate chip as a short stack, tall stack or a mega stack to share.
Celebrate Pancake Day at ‘The Creperie at Bluebird’
This year, Chelsea favourite Bluebird will create a special Creperie in the Courtyard where guests will be able to enjoy a series of indulgent pancakes. Available from 9th – 29th February, the Creperie will offer both savoury and sweet options.
Breakfast pancakes at Coq d’Argent
Enjoy Shrove Tuesday this year at City restaurant Coq d’Argent where head chef Damien Rigollet has created a series of indulgent pancakes for breakfast including American pancakes, berry compote and maple syrup and Mushroom pancakes, poached egg and Hollandaise sauce.
CRU Kafe superfood pancakes
These super food blueberry pancakes are wheat free AND dairy free. Made using three super foods; goji berries, blueberries and of course coffee, the biggest source of anti-oxidants in the western diet, they’re good for you and they’re flippin’ tasty! Recipe from John Quilter, co-founder of CRU Kafe.
- 300g spelt flour
- 1 egg
- 150ml oat milk
- 1 ripe banana (mashed)
- 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 200g blueberries
- 40ml espresso
- 2 tbsp runny honey
- 4 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp ginger
- 100ml coconut yoghurt
- 25g pecans
- 25g goji berries
1. Place the drip ingredients for the syrup in a pan and reduce by half. Set aside.
2. Place the goji berries in a pestle & mortar to grind the berries into a dust. Set aside.
3. Whisk the pancake ingredients together, leaving aside the blueberries. Use a nonstick pan on a medium heat and add a little oil to the pan. Place an egg ring into the pan, scatter in 4-5 blueberries and pour in 3 tbsp of the pancake mix. Cook for 1-2 minutes then when they are ready to turn, sprinkle 2-3 more blueberries on top and flip. This way you’ll see juicy berries sticking out of your pancakes and it significantly improves the presentation. Cook for another minute.
4. Once you have your pancakes done, stack 5 per plate, drizzle with the coffee syrup, drop a dollop of coconut yogurt on the top and sprinkle the goji dust and pecans on top. Boom!