Shrove Tuesday is apparently the last day before lent, i.e. the last day before you give up everything delicious for a while... but these days it is a good excuse to gorge yourself on pancakes for the sake of Jesus, and that is the kind of worship I can get behind. So, other than the dingy yet drunkenly appropriate Pancake Kitchen, where can you go in Adelaide to satisfy your pancake requirements?
In recent years it would seem that French Toast and Waffles have been taking over breakfast menus around the city, but there are still some places that serve up the humble and comforting pancake, including their thinner, cooler little sister, the crepe.
Le Carpe Diem
Run by a French/Australian couple this creperie is a little slice of Paris nestled in the East End. With the whole menu consisting of sweet or savoury crepes, this place is not for the crepe faint-hearted. However the quaint décor, French accented-service and endless array of crepes to choose from, make this place irresistible when your crepe cravings take hold. I love the simplicity of the chestnut puree crepe, as well as the Capucine, which includes Coffee Marscapone, Melted Chocolate and Ginger Crumbs.
My only issue is that they wasted their opportunity in calling it Le Crepe Diem.
Where: 230-232 Grenfell St, Adelaide
This bar/café/restaurant is constantly buzzing with Adelaide’s businessmen and women grabbing a coffee on the way to work, or indulging in an elongated lunch break. I go there for the huge booths, Adelaide’s free wi-fi connectivity and their breakfast. There is always something interesting on the menu, and their standard is extremely high. They also provide a big-city bustling atmosphere with floor to ceiling windows, packed out tables and modern design. Try their Ricotta Pancakes with Caramelised Apples and Cinnamon Butter and enjoy the people-watching.
Where: 12 Franklin St, Adelaide
If you want to inject a bit of refinement into your Shrove Tuesday, then look no further than Chianti’s. This Adelaide institution is in its 30th year, meaning they have been calling Hutt St home since Back to the Future first came out, my god. Their menu changes seasonally, but a crepe or pancake can always be found somewhere. They also provide the glorious breakfast tasting plate for those that cannot (or will not) decide, which features three mini versions of classic breakfast dishes; think Eggs Benedict, Bircher Muesli and Passionfruit Crepes. Decadently divine.
Where: 160 Hutt St, Adelaide
All images taken by Bonnie McBride