The Place Japanese food concepts are making its way to Singapore recently. After Tempura Tendon Tenya’s opening in Orchard Central last month, one of Japan’s most beloved and iconic pancake chains, Flipper’s Singapore will make its debut in Southeast Asia with a flagship store at Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City on the 6 November. The pancake brand is famous for its kiseki or ‘miracle’ pancake, where the pancakes are known for its fluffy and pillow-soft texture, so much so that they are served with two forks as part of Flipper’s signature experience.
The Takashimaya space is casual and open concept, where much of the interior is decked in Flipper’s signature yellow and pale grey.
The open kitchen is one highlight as well, if you want to catch a glimpse of how the pancakes are prepared. Unlike the other Japanese pancake brand Gram Cafe & Pancakes, all the pancakes featured on the menu are specifically souffle pancakes.
Opened since 2014 in Tokyo, Flipper’s has other global outlets in New York, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Seoul.
The Food The Singapore flagship store will offer both sweet and savoury favourites from Flipper’s classic menu, where key ingredients like the eggs and flour are sourced from Japan.
The most classic pancake here will be the Kiseki Pancake Plain (S$17.80). You get three ‘fuwa fuwa’ (jiggly) souffle pancakes with a generous dose of Flipper’s proprietary made whipped cream made with Canadian pure maple syrup and French butter. My first thought when I had it is that the pancakes are very aromatic, and it spots a strong egg flavour which I enjoyed. I enjoyed this as the pancake itself tastes good even without the cream.
The Kiseki Pancake Matcha (S$20.80) is as Japanese as it can get, a combination of Kyoto matcha with azuki (red bean) paste, served with matcha honey on the side. Go for this if you are a die-hard matcha fan.
For chocolate lovers, go for the Kiseki Pancake Hazelnut Chocolate (S$21.80), which uses Valrhona chocolate and hazelnut praline along with caramelised bananas. I am not a big fan of this flavour, as I do find it quite sweet and the fact that the chocolate flavour overpowers the taste of the pancake itself.
For the opening special, the Millennial Strawberry (S$20.80) is a specially created flavour, available for a limited time till 30 November. This pancake uses fresh Chitose strawberries, velvety cream cheese and homemade strawberry jelly sandwiched between the souffle pancakes served along with a handcrafted strawberries-blended cream. This flavour is a nice sweet ending, as it is not too sweet for me and the overall flavour is somewhat refreshing from the strawberries.
For savoury pancake, I had the Eggs Benedict Souffle Pancake (S$21.80), where one egg is topped with grilled tiger prawns and avocado cubes, while the other with Norwegian smoked salmon and sauteed spinach. You also get that tinge of spice from the dash of paprika with the Hollandaise sauce. I love this, it is my favourite among all the flavours I tried. Every element is good, from the delicious Hollandaise sauce to the perfectly done eggs.
For drinks, expect the likes of Matcha Affogato (S$9.90), Matcha Latte (S$5.50/hot) and Rose Strawberry Milk (S$6.90).
Rants It will be better if more savoury items are offered on the menu, hopefully in the near future.
Will I Return Again? Delicious souffle pancakes from Japan, and Flipper’s will probably be a popular spot for pancake lovers in Orchard Road. I will return for the Eggs Benedict Souffle Pancake.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City
391A Orchard Road, #B1-56
Monday to Sunday: 10:30am to 9.30pm (last order at 8:45pm)
Ranted by The Ranter & The Rantee