Stick a fork into a stack of souffle pancakes at Palm Beach’s Raijin
You’ve probably heard the expression ‘as flat as a pancake’, which makes sense based on our current understanding of pancakes being, well, flat. Raijin in Palm Beach is here to flip this notion on its head with its ridiculously fluffy and puffy souffle pancakes. The pillowy soft spheres are made-to-order and take a minimum of 20 minutes to make – so settle in, order a coffee and prepare your tastebuds for a treat.
If happiness was a dish, it would be souffle pancakes – you can’t help but feel immense satisfaction when you catch a glimpse of the fat, fluffy stacks arriving at your table. Whilst the culinary curiosity is not an entirely new concept, Raijin’s owner Fuji hunted high and low to find them on the Gold Coast to no avail. So when COVID-19 put an abrupt pause to his popular Japanese food stall that toured the country on the festival circuit, he knew exactly what his next venture would be – a bricks-and-mortar space dedicated to the not-so-humble souffle pancake. As you may have guessed, the menu is based around the pancakes with four different varietals to tempt your tastebuds, including original with a hefty dollop of whipped cream and maple syrup, the tiramisu, which comes with a cheeky shot of espresso and ice-cream, the carbonara for those who prefer savoury over sweet and the Super-Feed that is piled high with your choice of smoked salmon or hickory bacon, smashed avo and house salads.
You can choose between a two stacker or go all out with a triple (we highly recommend) and – rather than using a knife and fork like regular pancakes – the recommended technique for souffle pancakes is to use two forks to gently pull the pancake apart to keep it fluffy. Pancakes not floating your boat? There’s a selection of savoury-style crepes that are made using Mochi rice flour, which results in a slightly chewier texture than regular crepes, topped with some tasty combinations including bacon, egg and spinach and kransky roll with egg. Those in the mood for lunchtime bites can tuck into the seared salmon drizzled with mayo and teriyaki sauce. As for the drinks, Raijin brews Sydney’s speciality Seven Miles Coffee alongside Melbourne’s Proud Mary Coffee as well as ten different teas, freshly squeezed juices and matcha lattes. Fuji and the team have big plans for the small space including a liquor license as well as exciting new menu additions.
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