Pancakes in London?
I know. Crazy post, crazy request.
But there's a bunch of ex-pat Canadians and Americans in my office who are longing for fluffy, North American-style pancakes with maple syrup (fake stuff accepted; Quebec or Vermont preferred, but we're not a fussy bunch.)
We're confused about the Dutch pancake place _ are Dutch pancakes like those gorgeous things we'd eat back home on weekend mornings? And if not, where, where, where should we go?
(As an alternative, we are aware that the Canada Shop in Covent Garden has Aunt Jemima mix but we'd rather eat out.)
Thanks in advance, 'Hounds.
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As an American ex-pat living in London for the past five years, I've realized that the nostalgia is for not only the pancakes but the size of the serving. The problem in London is that you get two measley little pancakes for about four times the price of anything in an American diner.
Lucky 7 is a perfect example of the Brits cashing in on selling something 'authentically' American. On the menu, what's written as the five dollar milkshake (Pulp Fiction reference) is priced at five pounds (about nine dollars with the current exchange rate). It's ridiculous.
I recently read a website that had something called, 'Big Apple Bites in London.' Being an ex-New Yorker, I made note of the following places that are described as diners. I can't recommend them as haven't gone myself... let us know if anyone gives them a try.
Eagle Bar Diner
A stylish New York-style bar and diner , the Eagle serves American breakfasts, a vast range of burgers, salads, grills, shakes and malts. An enticing drinks list also offers the little-seen Brooklyn Lager.
Eagle Bar Diner 3 - 5 Rathbone Place, W1T 1HJ (020 7637 1418/
And the aforementioned:
Tom Conran's take on a New York-style diner offers imaginative burgers, shakes and sundaes done very well. The space is cramped, but the waiters are pretty cool.
Lucky 7 127 Westbourne Park Rd, W2 5QL (020 7727 6771) Royal Oak or Westbourne Park tube. Open Mon-Thur 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat 9am-11.30pm; Sun 9am-10.30pm.
i've had lunch at lucky 7 a few times. it's definitely one of the best american diner-style places in london, but still pretty mediocore. i don't think it's worth a special trip, but if you're in the neighborhood then it's a good (if very crowded) lunch choice. the burgers at the new-ish place in curtain road are much better, though everything else we tried there was dire.
I'm an ex-pat Canuck too. I agree with the poster above that it's probably better making your own. Pancake batter is incredibly easy to whip together. The Internet would have loads of recipes. When I visit home, I always make sure I stock up on maple syrup, seeing how expensive it is over here.
Why not consider having a nice brunch with friends at someone's home, with freshly made pancakes (maybe with blueberries), genuine maple syrup, properly brewed coffee (not tea!) and freshly squeezed orange juice? A real taste of home!
the dutch pancakes are more like crepes, i believe. lucky 7 in westbourne park road serves american-style pancakes, and someone told me that banners in crouch end does as well. i can't vouch for the quality of either, though, as i found it easier to make my own rather than schlep out west or deal with screaming kids at the latter.