Mr. Pancake House
Add: 877 Wuding Lu, near Jiaozhou Lu / 武定路877号, 近胶州路
Tel: 6255 1648
Price: 30~50 RMB/person
Visited: Nov 2010
This small pancake specialty shop in Jing’an area is so popular that they don’t even take reservations (not on weekends, at least). The food and the decor are just ok, but the the price is unbeatable – for less than 50 RMB, you get pancakes, sausages/bacon/ham, eggs, home fries, plus coffee or tea. Better yet, they serve breakfast until 3:00pm!
On this particular Sunday early afternoon, we waited about 20 minutes before we got seats for four. A word on the outdoor seats – if you choose to sit outside, expect to breathe in excessive car fumes as you chow down the pancakes because you will be sitting next to a busy road.
Most of the breakfast sets are similar – 2 small pancakes, 2 eggs any style, home fries, and sausages/ham/bacon – my favorite being the German sausages. If you’d rather not do sets, the banana walnut pancakes (28 RMB) would be a safe choice, though they are pretty much just plain pancakes topped with banana slices, a dollop of cream, and a few walnut bits.
German Sausage Breakfast (48 RMB).
Big House Breakfast (42 RMB).
Spinach and Mushroom Omelet (35 RMB).
The Very Berry smoothie (25 RMB) tasted like cheap artificial strawberry ice-cream. Did not like.
Mr. Pancake House doesn’t serve the best pancakes in town (Boxing Cat is better) and the decor isn’t at all chic, so I suppose the low(ish) price is their key to attract crowds . Since they don’t take reservations on weekends, expect to wait a while during prime hours.