Japanese Soufflé pancakes @ Flippers, Takashimaya Shopping Centre
Japan's most sought after Japanese soufflé pancake chain has arrived in Singapore with its first flagship store in Takashimaya Shopping Centre.
As its name Kiseki (Japanese for miracle) pancake suggests, the pancakes served at Flippers are no ordinary pancakes that can be easily replicated at home. Each batch of pancake uses premium ingredients that are imported from Japan and Europe – Hand-picked Kanagawa eggs, Japanese Kitahonami flour milled from Hokkaido, AOP certified French butter, as well as decadent Valrhona chocolate are some of the key ingredients used.
Each batch made is served with utmost care and precision, as the recipe has gone through several months of research and development. Furthermore, the staff preparing these delightful desserts are well-trained abroad, adhering to strict operating procedures. Rest assured, you will be indulging in quality soufflé pancakes that are worth every calorie.
For first-timers, we highly recommend ordering their signature Kiseki Pancake Plain ($16) – a Flipper's Classic that comprises of three delicate and jiggly pancakes served with a generous dollop of maple whipped cream infused with pure Canadian maple syrup and French butter. We liked that the maple whipped cream did not the overpower the buttery-aromatic flavours of the pancake.
Up next was a personal favourite of mine. Flipper's Kiseki Pancake Hazelnut Chocolate ($21.80) was indeed an order meant for chocolate aficionados (like myself). Expect fluffy and warm soufflé pancakes topped with decadent and rich Valrhona Equatoriale Noire 55 infused cream, hazelnut praline, caramelised banana, then garnished with home-made chocolate and feuilletine shard for an added crunch factor. The dish is completed with a serving of melted chocolate sauce.
Matcha lovers wouldn't want to miss out on the Kiseki Pancake Matcha ($19.80). This pancake showcases a classic Japanese pairing of matcha and red beans. The combination has a bittersweet flavour, using luscious green tea cream incorporated with quality matcha powder imported directly from Kyoto. A generous spoonful of sweet azuki (red bean) paste is served alongside the matcha cream, luscious whipped cream, then finished off with a dash of roasted soybean powder from Hokkaido.
A savoury pancake may be foreign and intimidating to order. However, I enjoyed the combination as the original Kiseki pancake itself was not too sweet to begin with, plus it complemented the savoury pairings impeccably. The Eggs Benedict Soufflé Pancake ($22.80) is a real game changer from the classic eggs benedict. The Flippers' interpretation comes with two types of meat – one is crowned with juicy grilled tiger prawns and avocado cubes, while the other consists of Norwegian smoked salmon and sautéed spinach. It is then topped with poached Hinata Eggs from the Kanagawa prefecture and laced over with a tangy-spicy hollandaise sauce to complete the dish.
I can vouch for the fresh ingredients used in each quality pancake made at Flippers. There's an open kitchen concept so you view how every batch of Flippers' pancake are made. I will be back and hopefully I will be able enjoy the same experience I had in this visit.
Besides these beautifully crafted masterpieces on their permanent menu, the team at Flippers are always innovating new dishes with seasonal produce, so do expect new Kiseki combinations featuring delightful Japanese produce such as Yubari melon, white peach, and Muscat grapes. Don't forget to have a Flippin' good time at Flippers!
Takashimaya S.C.., Ngee Ann City
391A Orchard Rd, #B1-56,
Operating hours: Daily 10.30 AM to 9.30 PM (Last order 8.30 PM)
Seating Capacity: 58 pax (with current safe-distancing measures)