Sometimes you just need a good fluffy pancake in the morning, the ones that you can drizzle maple syrup on (preferably Canadian.. those people sure know their Maple Syrup), and where it just melts in your mouth. I'm a firm believer that Pancakes are a 24 hour meal - meaning you should be able to eat a Pancake whenever you want - in fact i'm such a strong believer in this that I believe it should be in the constitution!
But let's get not get sidetracked. Pancakes while great any time of the day, are the best in the morning accompanied by a nice hot Cappuccino, or a delicious smoothie. For those that don't know, I've been in Bangalore (India) for the last 8 months, and while it's been interesting - it's the food that really matters in this article, which is what led me to Smoke House Deli, a well known chain in India. I went with my good friend Neil, and it we were told that the Pancake's were mind blowing so we had no choice but to check them out (even though I sort of wanted French Toast because I haven't had it in almost a year). Nevertheless, we trudged on and both decided upon a Bacon & Banana Pancake. It seemed much too intriguing to skip because I for one love Bacon AND Banana's - add that to Pancakes and you've got a killer combo (see picture above).
However, when the Pancakes did arrive (a little slower than it should have, especially with a 5% full house), it was not what we were expecting. For one split moment I thought I had scored gold and received French Toast Pancakes (I don't even know how that works ok, I was hungry). It was just pancakes, but rather thick ones infused with Banana and Bacon, and accompanied by some cream and Maple Syrup, in it, making it quite different to what I'm used to! I'll be honest though - the taste, well let's just say the taste wasn't spectacular when you combine pancakes with the bacon and banana, it tasted overly salty and a hint of banana. While the pancakes did taste quite decent when you got a small bit without bacon, it was hard to really enjoy the food, especially with the expectation that came with the order. Neil agreed.
I did however order an interesting concoction called 'The Soul Smoothie' which blends in Apples, Banana's, Mangos, and some weird thing called Spirulina (honestly I have no idea what that is, and I'm a little worried to find out), with some yoghurt most probably. And honestly - it was pretty good. Not overly thick and not ridiculously runny, it just about made up for a below average Brekky (what we call Breakfast in Australia).
But don't not go there, try the blueberry pancakes and do tell me what you think - because it seems a bacon-less pancake is the way to go here. Overall a Smoothie and the pancakes cost me 400 INR (which is about $7.5 AUD) - a little pricey for Indian Standards but with a little improvement in the kitchen, it could be well worth the price soon. Find out more about them here.