Japan's Gram Cafe Opens In Manila: Menu + Recommendations!
The Premium Souffle Pancakes are a must-try!
Japan takes their desserts seriously and you can see that in all the patisseries and cafes along the streets, inside the malls, and even convenience stores all over Japan. Japanese souffle pancakes are just one of the must-try eats when in Japan and Gram Cafe & Pancake's souffle pancakes, in particular, is one that should top your itinerary.
Booking a trip to Japan just for a plate of Gram's souffle pancakes might be a little extreme (but somehow, understandable), but thankfully, the food gods have heard our wishes because Gram Cafe & Pancake is finally opening in the Philippines on February 9, 2020, at SM Megamall's Fashion Hall.
This cafe serves nothing but pancakes, toasts, and beverages and it's the ideal brunch or merienda spot for when you're feeling good or having a bad day. Curious about what's on the menu? We have the details you need, plus our recommendations!
What's on the menu of Gram Cafe in Manila?
There are tons of pancakes on the menu that it's hard to choose which to try first. If you have a sweet tooth, you can try the Classic pancakes (P300) served with whipped cream, butter, maple syrup; Caramelized Banana pancakes (P385), topped with nuts and caramelized bananas; Mixed Fruits and Chocolate pancakes (P425), which has fresh fruits like kiwi, oranges, strawberries, blueberries, and a side of Creme Anglaise and a drizzle of chocolate sauce; or the Coconut Custard pancakes (P325), which has a creamy coconut custard and is sprinkled with crunchy walnuts for added crunch.
For a more savory-sweet combination, Gram Cafe & Pancakes also offers Bacon & Scrambled Eggs (P425) that's topped with smoked bacon, scrambled eggs, and a salad on the side. We recommend ordering a side of syrup (for an additional cost) to contrast the smokiness of the bacon and, well, because pancakes are best with syrup. The Salmon and Avocado pancakes (P445) are topped with wild smoked salmon, avocado, and served with a side salad.
Their best-sellers include the Apple & Tea Cream pancakes (P445), which are topped with peached apples and Earl Grey cream. For coffee fans, there are the Tiramisu pancakes (P395) that have mascarpone cream in between the pancakes and dusted with dark rich cocoa and shards of chocolate.
What we recommend:
Our favorite amongst the savory pancakes has to be the Chili Bean & Sausage (P445) that's topped with chili bean sauce, melted cheese on top, smoked Schublig (German sausage), and a side of salad. We also loved the Mixed Berries French Toast (P415), brioche bread topped with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, whipped cream, and vanilla ice cream.
As with all the Gram Cafe & Pancakes branches, the Manila-based cafe will also follow a strict schedule when it comes to their Premium Pancakes (P385/3 pieces). There will be 30 servings of the Premium Pancakes starting 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. This specific rule is followed because these pancakes are freshly-prepared and are cooked only upon receiving the order.
If you want to order try (and we highly recommend trying this if it's your first time), order this 30 minutes before you need it on your table. The perfection of this jiggly, melts-in-your-mouth pancake takes time.
What's in store for Gram Cafe & Pancakes?
The Manila branch of Gram Cafe & Pancakes will eventually release Manila-exclusive items on the menu. For now, the existing menu is more than enough reason for us to treat yourself to these jiggly, fluffy, and freshly-made souffle pancakes.