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Pancakes: Not Just For Breakfast Anymore

Unless you live in Japan, you may not have experienced a Croque Monsieur made with…pancakes. Yes, here in Tokyo, pancakes are regularly repurposed as sandwich fixings and dessert. At the Pancake Days restaurant in Harajuku, the menu offerings include the Salad Pancake With Herb Chicken and Original Caesar Dressing,  and the Shrimp-Avocado Sandwich Pancake with Wasabi Mayonnaise. If you’re still hungry after polishing off your entree (and the three happy face french fries that come with it), you can indulge in a Vitamin Fruits Pancake Sandwich (fruit and whipped cream layered between two pancakes with a happy face branded on the top) or a Triple Berry Rear Cheese Pancake. “Rear cheese” in this case is not a hind haunch of wild Camembert, but a slight misspelling of “rare cheese.” That usually means cream cheese, but it’s worth reading the fine print so you aren’t unpleasantly surprised by taking a bite of sweet, gouda-flavored whipped cream.

Here’s what it looked like when you cut into it.
Here’s my friend’s Shrimp-Avocado Sandwich with Wasabi Mayo.

If you’d like to visit Harajuku the next time you’re in Tokyo, directions & maps are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had. This restaurant is called Pancake Days.

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Jonelle Patrick View All

Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

2 thoughts on “Pancakes: Not Just For Breakfast Anymore Leave a comment

  1. Yes, all the happiness is sort of a trademark at this restaurant. Even the corners of the tables had cute little drawing of the mascot, which is a stack of pancakes topped with what’s supposed to be a melting blob of butter but unfortunately looks a bit like a happy poo.

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