Living in Japan is an amazing experience especially with the myriad of food options! However, sometimes one can get homesick for good ‘ol American food. Nothing screams American food like brunch and pancakes! Here are my top 5 recommendations of pancake places that have happily provided this much-needed fix.
This New York brunch favorite has been pleasing guests since 2012 when it first opened its doors in Shinjuku. Now with its sister branch in Daikanyama followed shortly by a branch in Shinagawa, they serve breakfast 24 hours a day. Its classics, including the eggs benedict and french toast with accompanying fresh fruit preserves, has recipes dating back to the 1700’s! No wonder there’s consistently a line during peak brunch hours. Plus, added bonus for their alcohol spiked beverages, the perfect bunch pairing.
Another New York transplant, popular with expats. Known for their wide assortment of pancakes and brunch. They also have pretty good burgers to boot. Their piece de resistance, however, are their desserts. Nothing is more classically American than their apple pie a la mode. A must try at any time.
Super popular Hawaiian restaurant whose first branch in Harajuku had hoards of avid pancake die hards. They have since branched out to multiple locations in Japan including Odaiba. They have a wide variety of pancake and waffle options including macadamia, along with classic Hawaiian sides such as Portuguese sausage Their syrups are worth the visit alone – ever tried coconut or guava as a syrup topping?
Eggs ‘n Things Website*Automatic translation
Portland’s entry into the pancake craze is much welcomed in Japan. Their Shinjuku branch is popular not only because of the amazing food, but you actually get to be a part of the action. Some tables are outfitted with flat top grills that let you make your pancake in whatever shape you want. That combined with their award winning recipe is a definite crowd-pleaser. P.S. Their crab benedict is pretty good too.
Slappy Cakes Website*Automatic translation
This Australian pancake house has been getting rave reviews for their pancakes and is known for their ricotta filled fluffy goodness that words just cannot describe. Multiple branches, but the one in Omotesando has an enviable spot at the very top floor of Tokyu Plaza. Take note though that the lines are always long, so be prepared to make a reservation.
If all else fails there is always the perennial favorite Denny’s and Original Pancake House with multiple locations in Japan. Feel free to comment below if you have any other favorite pancake places. Would love to hear from you!