Insta-review: Japanese souffle pancakes
In our ongoing assessment of spots that seem as much about Instagram hype as food, we review Hanabusa Café, the house of jiggly souffle pancakes.
The idea: This two-year-old Loop café serves Japanese ramen, dumplings, and meat and rice bowls, but is most famous for its ultra-cute decor and puffy pancakes.
The wait: We arrived right before the 10am Sunday opening time and got seated right away.
- When we left 45 minutes later, 10 people were lined up outside.
📸 Insta-rating: The pancake presentations are so pretty they'll provoke easy envy on any social media feed.
- Extra points for posting a video of your friend pouring matcha syrup on your cakes.
🥞 Taste rating: The cakes emerged airy, lightly sweet and delicious, especially the Earl Grey caramel pancakes ($14) and custard pancake torched like a crème brûlée ($15).
The bottom line: If you get there before opening, it's totally worth it for the food and photos.
Next time: We'll try the taro cream and pork floss pancake sandwich.
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