The Godzilla Of Pancakes


If you are what you eat, right now I’m a righteous tower of these tall boys. This “short stack” came topped with butter and kuromitsu (Okinawan black sugar syrup) and yes ma’am, I ate every single fluffmonster bite.

It was so good, I had to return to Hoshino Coffee for an encore. The next time, I ordered this puppy topped with whipped cream, blueberry sauce, and maple syrup. The verdict: yes sir, may I have another, sir?


If you want to try some of these the next time you’re in Tokyo, Hoshino Coffee is on the second floor of the Magnet by 109 building near Shibuya Station. A map is on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

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