Nov 28, 2016
On the weekend, I wish I could sleep in and relax. Unfortunately, our two-year-old daughter usually wakes up and jumps on our bed in the early morning - this “natural alarm” gets us up before the alarm on my phone starts to bleep! However, we still try to relax and have a nice time on the weekend, and we often end up skipping breakfast and eating brunch instead. What do you like to have for brunch? My favourites are pancakes, waffles and French toast. Sometimes I make these at home, but sometimes we go out to have brunch at a restaurant. In this article, I would like to introduce my favourite places to enjoy nice pancakes for brunch.
One place we like going to is called “MISS PANCAKE”. We have been several times to their location on the fourth floor of Harmony City shopping mall (圆融购物中心), and I am also aware that they are opening a new shop in the Aeon shopping mall in SIP (永旺梦乐城). The décor in their Harmony City shop is quite nice. It is done up to look like an American diner, with a big American flag inside to help you make the American connection. It is clean, and they have high chairs for young children.
Why do I recommend MISS PANCAKE? Well, as you might have guessed from their name, their pancakes are very tasty! I particularly like their caramelised apple and cranberry ones. But if you are in the mood for something less sweet, they also have breakfast sets including sausage, egg and other savoury foods, with pancakes on the side. There is a good choice of other dishes too - my husband liked their chicken burrito. Finally, this is a good place to go if you drink a lot of coffee. You can get endless refills of coffee with selected items on the menu.
Another nice place to go for brunch is “After Hours”. At present, they have three restaurants in SIP – one at Singa Plaza (馨都广场), one in Shin Kong Place (新光天地), and most recently, one near Xinghai square (苏悦广场). I have been to their locations at Singa Plaza and Shin Kong Place, and both of these were clean and child-friendly.
The menu at After Hours is actually fairly similar to the one at MISS PANCAKE, but perhaps with a bit more emphasis on egg-based dishes. They have a good selection of different pancakes, including whole wheat ones, which at least sound like a more healthy option than regular pancakes. There is a wide range of other dishes on the menu too, and I particularly recommend the eggs benedict, if you are not in the mood for pancakes. You can check out their menu in more detail online, through the Sherpas website (www.sherpa.com.cn). As with MISS PANCAKE, you can get endless refills of coffee with some dishes on their menu.
Overall, both MISS PANCAKE and After Hours are worth a visit for brunch, especially if you are in the mood for pancakes. Or for lots of coffee.
About the Column
Kaori is from Fukuoka, Japan and she moved to Suzhou with her British husband in 2010. She gave birth to a baby girl in Shanghai in 2014 and is currently a full-time mother, but previously studied Chinese at Suzhou University. Kaori enjoys going for walks, going out for meals, shopping on Taobao and visiting new places in China. Places she has particularly enjoyed visiting include Harbin, Beijing, Qingdao, Hangzhou, Moganshan, Guilin and Yangshuo. She also loves to explore different areas of Suzhou, both old and new.