Pancake Day has crêped up on us again, and it’s the perfect excuse to go and try some delicious pancakes from around the local area. We’ve found the best pancake places around Roman Road to satisfy your cravings. Whether you fancy something savoury or something absolutely covered in fruit or nutella, there is no batter place you can find it.
426 Roman Rd, E3 5LU
Cafe East is one of the most popular stops on Roman Road, with their daily queue outside becoming a feature of the pavement. You know they’re doing something right. Owner Mustafa Has thinks the customers like the colourful fruits, the fact that everything is made fresh, and the tropical feel Cafe East has.
With their own pancake and waffle menu as a permanent fixture, they shouldn’t be missed. While you can get a whole full English with your pancakes here, as well as just dessert pancakes, all the options are served with pleasing-to-the-eye exotic fruits. They’d recommend the popular ‘Lost in London’, which does two pancakes, scrambled eggs, streaky bacon, Cumberland sausage, two hashbrowns and beans, a meal for £8.90.
618 Roman Rd, E3 2RW
Muxima has chill vibes down to a T. At the end of Roman Road, by the Saucy Kipper Fish Bar, the cafe has calming music and creative décor. Their chef Tommy tells us that the pancake you should have your eyes on is their popular buttermilk pancakes with bacon and seasonal fruits, which can be drizzled with honey, syrup, cream or simply powdered sugar.
The dish has three massive American-style pancakes, which with the combination of bicarbonate of soda and buttermilk gives a distinguished fluffy light taste. Promising to fill you up, and cooked to order, the pancakes are £9.50.
Visit the Muxima website to see what else they’re up to
241-243 Globe Rd, Bethnal Green E2 0JD
The Larder, just beside the London Buddhist Centre, is a cosy cafe off the main road that’s ideal for a wholesome catch up with friends. Their pancakes are usually the most popular item on the breakfast brunch menu, so they have the day figured.
They’ll be serving up their Banana and Berry pancakes for £6.40. These three buttermilk drop pancakes are served with yoghurt and maple syrup. If the weather is sunny and bright, the best place to have your larder pancakes is in their courtyard.
VisitThe Larder website to see what else they have
566 Roman Rd, E3 5ES
Beside the Bow Library, you’ll find the charming Cafe Creme on the corner. Whether you’re up for a light snack or a hearty meal, they can help. The same applies to Pancake Day. The friendly family-run business will be serving up several homemade pancakes with strawberries, blueberries and banana.
They have several choices, there’s a pancake with maple syrup, lemon and sugar, nutella and banana, or a pancake with bacon and maple syrup. All of them are served with a scoop of ice cream on the side. These are all a cheap £3.50 each.
Visit the Cafe Creme website to see what else they offer
Mae + Harvey
414 Roman Rd, E3 2RZ
Mae + Harvey on the Roman go all out on Pancake day. They’ll be staying open a little later, until 9pm, to fill the evening with tacos and pancakes. The pancake day menu will feature flavours like classic lemon and sugar (£5.00), and the favourite homemade nutella with chopped banana (£6.50).
They’ll also have some creative twists like poached rhubarb and blood orange with whipped vanilla cream (£8.00), and Nan’s fresh orange and sugar (£5.00). Their pancake mix is a recipe inspired by chef Oliver Rowe, a regular at the cafe, who showed them his ‘puff pancake’ recipe from his latest cook book. The result? They’re deliciously light and fluffy.
Visit the Mae + Harvey website to find out more
235 Mile End Road, E1 4AA
Slightly further out, but well worth the trip, is 90° Melt on Mile End Road. Dessert Connoisseurs, they pride themselves on their ability to adapt any American comfort food dish and make it into a vegan/vegetarian alternative.
They’ll be serving up their delicious vegan pancakes on the day for only £4.95. The pancakes will be served with fruits and syrup, and you have the option to add blueberry and chocolate chips or mascarpone cream for an additional quid. Check out their vegan pancake recipe.
Visit the 90° Melt website to find out more
Fancy the featured image pancakes? They’re from Cafe East too
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