Pancake review: The Breakfast Club, Brighton
One of the most popular days of the year is almost upon us. Yes, it's nearly Pancake Day! If you don’t fancy making your own, we’ve done the hard work to make it that much easier for you to decide where to get your pancake fix. It was a hard sacrifice, but one we were willing to make.
We visited The Breakfast Club for the first time with an eye on their new Pancake Day menu. We were greeted by a bright interior with several tables and gorgeously quilted tall booths reminiscent of a 1980’s music video. Of course, they even had a lit-up pineapple. (Club Tropicana anyone?)
We both had high expectations. We were absolutely not disappointed.
Feeling ambitious, we grabbed the Pancake Day menu and decided to get “small portions” of all four choices on offer: Bourbon Pulled Pork; Lemon Meringue Pie; Triple Chocolate Fudge-Mallow and the Salted Caramel Banoffee.
Feeling confident with a half-size portion, we began with the Lemon Meringue and the Salted Caramel Banoffee. Each dish comes with four soft, tasty pancakes that were pretty big themselves and even bigger when loaded with the toppings.
Salted Caramel Banoffee
These were delicious (bottom-left in the above photo) – can you ever go wrong with chocolate and banana!? This was probably the least heavy of all four options (which is really saying something), but the salted caramel could have been a little more prominent.
Lemon Meringue Pie
Topped with vanilla cream and pieces of crunchy toasted meringue, these are finished with a lemon curd syrup. The tangy syrup was perfect with the mild vanilla cream, while the crunchy meringue complemented the soft pancake.
Triple Chocolate Fudge-Mallow
A choc-fest of chocolate pancakes, chocolate cream and chocolate sauce finished off with caramel chunks and marshmallows. They were chocolate heaven!
Bourbon Pulled Pork
These are slathered in cheese and gravy, and topped with a bit of kale, a pickled slaw and chunks of pulled pork. When we saw this on the menu, we definitely shared a little wtf? glance, but they were surprisingly good!
The pancakes were a neutral, doughy flavour topped with a mound of deliciousness. These ended up being one of our favourites, so if you’re feeling brave and are in the mood for savoury, give them a go!
After one and a half plates each of our “half-sized” portions, we sadly had to admit defeat. Whatever flavour you choose, each plate consists of four stacked pancakes with a lot of topping, all for £9. While this might be seen as expensive for pancakes – trust us – you really get your money’s worth!
The Pancake CHALLENGE
If you really, really, love pancakes and are feeling ambitious you can take on the Pancake Challenge (for charity) and attempt to eat 12 pancakes in 12 minutes! Win and you don’t have to pay a penny. Lose, and you have to pay full price, but all the profit goes to charity so you can take some comfort in that.
So, if you some time to spare before the 28th, we highly recommend that you get yourself down to The Breakfast Club and try one of their delicious Pancake Day specials. Plus, if you go after 5pm until the 27th, you can enjoy any of these special pancakes and a drink for just £10.
Don’t despair if you aren’t able to get down there on or before the 28th! You can still grab their usual pancakes with berries, maple syrup and vanilla cream, or you can get pancakes with their ‘All American’ and ‘Veggie All American’ breakfasts at any time.
Special thanks go to Hattie who looked after us during our visit. We had a great time!
Written by Clare.