Where to find Penrith’s best pancakes for Shrove Tuesday

Laughin’ Boy’s stunning pancake. Photo: Melinda Jane.
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Though there’s no need for an excuse to indulge in a delicious stack of pancakes, Pancake Day is undeniably the perfect opportunity – and it’s just around the corner.

Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday, is traditionally celebrated as the feast day before the start of Lent, aiming to use up foods such as eggs, milk and butter before 40 days of fasting. The date of the event changes each year, but in 2024, it falls on Tuesday, February 13.

Of course, it can be a fun and easy way to start the day to get your DIY on and make the treat at home. But, if you’re looking to head out to a local venue, there are plenty of locations around Penrith where you can get a tasty stack.

Opened just last year, Laughin’ Boy is the perfect location to enjoy a pancake with the backdrop of the beautiful Nepean River.

A highlight of their breakfast menu, Laughin’ Boy serves up a unique deep-dish pancake – a macadamia pancake, topped with apple, butterscotch sauce, Golden Gaytime popcorn, mascarpone, and blueberries.

The right balance of sweet and savoury, Mikaela Writer assured that it’s one of their most popular menu items – and for good reason.

“It has some amazing dressings on there which make our pancake stand out from anyone else’s in Penrith,” she said.

“It’s so big and so filling – everyone loves our pancake.”

Over in Cranebrook at Leaf Café, chef Loki Lo has conjured up a new pancake menu ahead of the big day, including a reinvented version of their Belgian Chocolate Biscoff Ricotta Soufflé Pancake.

Leaf Cafe at Cranebrook can’t get enough of pancakes. Photo: Melinda Jane.

“We’ve had the Biscoff Belgian chocolate pancake for a little while, but previously it was just too big, and many people found it too rich,” owner Vie Vie said.

“Now, we’ve adjusted it to make it smaller, so that hopefully everyone can finish it, and it’s just the right portion and the right sweetness.”

The menu also includes the OG’s Pancake, perfect for kids, and anyone who prefers a more traditional brekkie.

“I think children will really like the OG, because it’s plain, but very tasty and fatty and rich,” Vie said.

However, Lo said that the all-new Mix Berries and Mascarpone Pistachio Pancake is his personal favourite.

“I like it because it’s different, it’s something new,” he said.

Vie Vie and Loki Lo from Leaf Cafe at Cranebrook. Photo: Melinda Jane.

In Caddens, head down to Caffe & Co for their TikTok famous pancakes, including options with Biscoff, Belgian chocolate, bacon and more.

Cassandra’s in St Marys has a delicious buttermilk pancake option, including maple syrup, ice cream, and all of the delicious add-on’s you can imagine.

Or, in Penrith, pay Percy Plunkett a visit for their iconic deep-dish pancake, complete with butterscotch sauce, white chocolate mousse, caramelised banana, fresh berries and crushed pistachios.

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