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Comfort Food: Where the Pancakes Are

Where the Pancakes Are has just opened its first ever bricks and mortar restaurant in London, serving, of course, SEEN’s personal favourite, divine pancakes. It is conveniently located in Flat Iron Square, London Bridge's emerging hub for indie food & music.

Where the Pancakes Are has just opened its first ever bricks and mortar restaurant in London, serving, of course, SEEN’s personal favourite, divine pancakes. It is conveniently located in Flat Iron Square, London Bridge’s emerging hub for indie food & music.


The owner, Patricia, is the self-taught cook of this cosy all-day & evening new home for sweet and savoury stacks of buttermilk pancakes, craft ciders and buckwheat-blinis & prosecco. She is a world citizen who grew up in Holland, working in Paris and California before settling in London. Durng her trips around the world, Patricia developed a deep love for fresh and healthy eating, as well as a profound understanding of why pancakes remain people’s most loved food: “Pancakes are simple, honest and universally loved – yet, where can we really go to experience the kind of dishes that fuse the ancient art of baking pancakes with modern food trends? That’s Where the Pancakes Are…”


At Where the Pancakes Are, each dish is a feast of colour and flavour: try the nutritious savoury and seasonal pancake stacks, such as American (smoked streaky bacon, blueberries, maple syrup); and Royal or Benedict (tarragon hollandaise, salmon or ham, poached egg, pea shoots). Sweet choices include Hummingbird (cinnamon-tossed pineapple, house cream, lime syrup & zest, pomegranate, toasted almond & coconut flakes); and Hedgerow (elderflower & forest berry compote, butter cream, crushed meringue), to name but a few tasty options. Pancakes are an ideal meal as well as a superb snack, paired to perfection with a selection of craft ciders, carefully selected by Patricia.


Blinis are also on the menu. They are made only with buckwheat flour, inspired by the fabled Russian mini-pancake tradition. Order a small plate with just one selection of toppings, or a plate for sharing, and match it with a glass of prosecco. Choose from Salmon & horseradish cream, Smoked mackerel & salsa verde or Goats’ curd & poached grapes.


Patricia has selected drinks that match perfectly with her delicious pancake stacks. These include red and white wine from Galicia and Languedoc; a Mirabello Veneto Prosecco Spumante Brut, (which has perfect bubbles, in Patricia’s view), and the aforementioned ciders, which work very well with pancakes. The craft ciders range from a traditional French craft organic, L’Atypique, Normandy; the classic Aspall Suffolk Premier Cru; Hawkes Urban Orchard Cider – made with apples sourced from within the M25, or from supermarket rejects; Hallets Welsh Real Cider – nominated for the Radio 4 Food & Farm Awards in the Best Drinks Producer category, 2016, to Hills’ Adelaide pear cider – Australia’s foremost artisan real pear cider. There is also a wide array of Italian roast coffees, such as a Spanish Cortado, which is an indulgent sweet variation of a flat white. Also available are Birchall Teas and a selection of cold drinks with filtered or sparkling carafes of water.


The space has also been decorated by Patricia with Dutch design agency Overtreders-W, merging a range of simple styles: the relaxed and spacious vibes of Californian restaurants with the simple aesthetics of Northern Europe in a quintessential British railway arch.


Pursuing a no-waste agenda, all the interior (mezzanine, staircase, bar and internal walls) has been built off site in a studio in Amsterdam by Ham, Post & Van Huystee, transported to London and built up at Flat Iron Square. The relatively small, albeit spacious, unit that the railway arch provides has been optimised by creating the mezzanine and Japanese-style slatted walls, to create varying perspectives. Natural materials and high spec engineering interact to create a felt wall, and cotton sprayed ceiling – besides softening the metal cladding of the arch, it has induced an acoustically ambient space. To further make use of what was already in place, the heating and ventilation system has been absorbed into three centrepiece chandeliers that double up as planters. The simple chairs are a modern variation of a classic Dutch school chair.

Do you need any more reasons to go and try Where the Pancakes Are? SEEN certainly doesn’t. We can’t wait to try this comfort food bar none.

Where the Pancakes Are
Flat Iron Square
85a Southwark Bridge Road 


Photography David Loftus

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