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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Pancakes on the Rocks, Northmead

pancakes with syrup

You can never have too many pancakes.

And so we checked out the new Pancakes on the Rocks outlet at Northmead.


With no idea of where we're going (apart from Northmead), we have to pull over at a service station to ask for directions.

"Do you think the servo guy will know where it is?" Bellboy asks with skepticism.

Veruca Salt skips inside anyway and returns with a grin. "You shoulda seen his face. His face lit up and his eyes were shining as soon as I said the word pancakes!"

We turn off the highway and enter a fast food oasis, surrounding by parking that gives it a truck-stop vibe. It's modern and airy but a little soulless inside, reminding me of the pot-plant dotted refurbs you get at RSL clubs these days.

But the hoardes of kids, parents and teenagers inside are lapping it up. They're all hoeing into pizzas and ribs and pasta and salads. Noone's even eating pancakes we notice. It's almost surreal.


After my pricy encounter at the Pancake Parlour in Canberra, it's the difference in menu prices that strikes me at first. There, my Canadian breakfast of two pancakes, bacon, banana and maple-flavoured syrup had cost me $17.90. Here I can get the same thing (called an Aussie Sunrise) plus an egg and pineapple for $11.95. Go figure.

pancake stack with ice cream
Regular stack (3 pancakes) $7.95

We all stick to plain and simple though, pancake stacks all 'round.

syrup pouring
Syrup action shot

The pancakes are tall and fluffy but they're a little doughy and we do get an aftertaste of greasy butter. For $7.95 it's an enormous portion though, and I'm not complaining. I look over at the next table where a kid is attacking a flank of sticky ribs with both hands and a huge grin on his face. His mum sits on one side eating a salad, his dad reaches for another slice of pizza. The kid sighs with happiness. He isn't complaining either.


Pancakes on the Rocks Northmead
100 Briens Road, Northmead, Sydney
(corner of Redbank Road)

Sunday to Thursday 7am - 11am
Friday and Saturday 7am - 12midnight

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Pancake Parlour, Canberra Civic
11 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 5/05/2007 11:29:00 pm


  • At 5/06/2007 12:56 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    heh you shoulda had the susan special! soft fluffy macadamia pancakes with vanilla icecream topped with butterscotch sauce and toasted maca nuts mmm awww too bad i dont work there anymore haha

  • At 5/06/2007 4:54 pm, Blogger Madelyne said…

    I haven't been to a P.O.T.R place in years. There used to be one in the city. They always had awesome pancakes

  • At 5/07/2007 9:20 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    they opened another one? i had no idea! they must be doing really well for themselves ;)

  • At 5/07/2007 11:34 am, Blogger Truffle said…

    You've just given me a serious pancake craving. Must order them next time I go out for brekkie!

  • At 5/08/2007 12:03 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Chocolatesuze - I was trying to remember your favourites! :) And yeah, we really wanted a tour of the kitchen too!

    Hi Madelyn - It's still there. They're just re-opened after a refurb but I haven't had a chance to check it out yet.

    Hi Lyn - And their website says there's going to be another one opening in Darling Harbour in May too!

    Hi Truffle - I think I always have a craving for pancakes :)

  • At 5/09/2007 6:37 pm, Blogger Jess (fushmush) said…

    I always thought Pancakes on the Rocks was called that because it was at the Rocks? Is it the same Pancake Parlour chain?

    Andrew will be happy to hear it's back. We always visit Pancake Parlour when we go to Victoria (particularly Ballarat)

  • At 5/10/2007 9:08 am, Blogger Julie said…

    You are so right, you can never have too many pancakes, too much butter or too much syrup either.
    I won't even tell you how many pancakes I could eat if I allowed myself to.

  • At 8/22/2007 2:56 pm, Blogger Sydneyguy said…

    I think think this a great place to bring a date, and there are a lot of people there, so you might have to wait!!

    Prices are reasonable and the food is nice, well its sweet after all!!

  • At 8/27/2007 11:26 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Jess - It's the same chain, just utilising the power of branding. There's now a Pancakes at the Rocks at Darling Harbour too. Confusing!

    Hi Julie - Pancakes are one life's little luxuries :)

    Hi Sydneyguy - I can't say I've ever been on a date at Pancakes but it may just work with the right girl :)

  • At 9/04/2007 2:07 am, Blogger An said…

    I've been to the Pancake on the Rocks recently and it's definitely happening. I do hear there's one in Darling Harbour and can't wait to check that one out too.

    It's the perfect place to get friends together, plus, if you're all willing to share pancakes, it's like having a mini-pancake sampling :D

  • At 9/04/2007 8:54 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi ~an* - I've been meaning to check out the branch at Darling Harbour too :)


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