Pancious Pancake House
“It’s definitely on the Artery Road, Dear,” Miss D said to me in an argument about the location of one of the newest eateries in Jakarta. Earlier, I asserted that I have seen no pancake houses on the Artery Road. Well, it turns out that I was right all along. Sorry, Hun! :P As a matter of fact, Pancious Pancake House is located at Permata Hijau, directly in front of the Hero Supermarket (at the location of what was once TOPS Supermarket).
We tried the cozy eatery on Sunday (04/29) evening. After a tiring morning all alone, I’d think of any excuse just to get out with her. After all, she has been urging me to take her there for about two weeks or so.
The place was very crowded that night. A condition that forced me to park the car about 50m from the restaurant itself. Lucky for us, when we got in, there’s a table for two near the door. We quickly sat and asked for the menu. It consists mainly of choices of – what else – pancakes. There are also various beef, chicken, and fish steaks; choices of pasta, kids’ menu, various desserts and beverages. The prices are quite reasonable too. The pancakes themselves run for around twenty-something thousands and the beverages around fifteen thousands. After browsing the selections, we ordered our choices: Pancious Original, hot tea, and hot white chocolate for her; Tiramisu and caramel latte for myself. Had we brought other friends we had to wait outside like one family of six who arrived just before us. The place was packed.
During the wait, I looked around the place. It was neatly designed, posh & modern. I think it was a house before it was turned into the crowded eatery, judging from the beautiful pool on the back of the restaurant. Ambient lighting is abundant, with easy-listening music streaming from several stylish wall-mounted speakers.
Our orders came in waves – hers first, then mine. The pancakes themselves were delicious. The syrup was great, and the caramel(?) sauce on mine tastes like heaven. Not to mention the soft vanilla ice cream on the side. I just have one objection: it was too much. I ate only half of mine and I was already full. So did Miss D. Perhaps they can consider keeping the two stack of pancakes for aesthetics’ sake, but how about reducing their size? I felt guilty about the huge chunk of pancake I left behind, but what can I say, my stomach just couldn’t handle anymore.
The attendants are a bit rough around the edges too. They could use a bit of more hospitality training. I repeatedly had to frantically wave my hand up in the air before I could get any attention. I also noticed that they didn’t confirm my order after taking it, but hey, it’s the pancakes what we’re after, right?
Overall, I’m giving Pancious a 4 out of 5. A cute hangout, but prepare your tummies before venturing!
UPDATE: Pancious is now officially open at Pacific Place, 5th floor. If you’re having trouble the store I mentioned above, just head there, folks!