A couple of weeks ago I was excited to be invited along to experience some good old South African hospitality at a restaurant which is a Perth icon – Pancakes At Carillion.
While the restaurant was established way back in 1983, it was recently taken over by South African owners Marilette, Dorette and their husbands who are working hard to maintain its iconic status when it comes to crepes and pancakes in Perth. Many of their customers today actually visited Pancakes At Carillion as children and are now bringing their children here too which I think is just fantastic. It’s situated in Carillion City in the Perth CBD on Level 3.
Whilst Dorette and her family are originally from Rustenburg, Marilette and her family relocated fromMarilette and her family relocated for work from Mozambique to Tasmania 15 years ago and have lived in Perth for 8 years but only recently decided to invest in a business.
Some of their most popular dishes are the ones on the breakfast pancakes menu – everything from an Aussie style breakfast (with pineapple, banana, eggs and bacon/sausages) to Eggs Benedict with pancakes or simple bacon and eggs with their fluffy buttermilk pancakes. But if you are South African you are going to want to check out their crepes!
We arrived at 10:30 on a Saturday morning and the place was packed with a queue formed at the door as well. Once everyone ahead of us had been seated, we were shown to our booth table by a really friendly waiter. The restaurant is large with a variety of tables in different sizes so parties of all numbers are easily accommodated.
We ordered some drinks while we looked at the food menu, I had a home made lemon iced tea, which was delicious and refreshing. My husband had a coffee, which he said was good – this from a coffee snob so you know it’s good! My son went for his usual – a vanilla milkshake, which disappeared in less then 5 minutes!
Now the menu – it’s extensive! It took us ages to decide what to have. From breakfast pancakes to savoury pancakes to sweet pancakes, the choice is endless! Not only do they have every version of pancakes under the sun, but they also have waffles, fresh salads and a selection of burgers and nachos. You can also substitute the pancakes in the breakfast menu for toast should you prefer it.
They also have something you don’t see too often in Perth – good old South African style crepes, both sweet and savoury. So of course, I had to go for these! Being half Greek, I chose the best of both worlds and went with the Greek Delight crepes, 2 crepes filled with spinach and feta. My husband went for the All Day Breakfast pancakes and my ever fussy son, who does not eat pancakes (crazy I know!), opted for the chicken nuggets and chips from the kids menu.
While we waited for our food there was plenty of colouring in to keep our son entertained – mostly pancake themed of course, with some Easter ones too!
The food was good and the breakfast was so filling my husband really struggled to finish it. The buttermilk pancakes are really thick but so light and fluffy at the same time.
My crepes were delicious and came with a well-dressed side salad.
The nuggets got a big thumbs up from my son too, which is no mean feat!
We just couldn’t complete a visit here without sampling a sweet option so we got a mini version of the Nutella crepes to share as we didn’t have much room left and I’m so glad we did as they were so good! Next time I might skip the savoury and just go straight for the sweets!
Pancakes At Carillion is open daily from 9am to 3pm and on Fridays from 9am to 8pm for late night shopping. So if you are craving some good old South African style crepes, this is the place to go! Situated on Retail Level 3 in Carillon City in the Perth CBD, the easiest way to find it is from the Hay St Mall side of the building.
Have you been to Pancakes At Carillion? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.
*Disclosure: I was invited to dine at Pancakes At Carillion but was not financially compensated. All opinions are my own.