Sitting back off the main streets of Harajuku, sits a small pancake restaurant/cafe known as Rainbow Pancake. It was a rainy and cold morning in Tokyo and I was craving some comfort food for breakfast. Before my trip, I had read that I absolutely needed to try Japan’s signature pancakes, so these automatically came to mind. A few Google searches later, I was waiting in line at Rainbow Pancake.
Rainbow Pancake Review:
The restaurant itself is pretty small (seats about 10 2-person tables at most); so, the line to wait was outside the door. As soon as we walked up to the line, one of the employees came to us with an English menu. To make our wait time as short as possible, the host took our order before we were even seated. Personally, I really appreciated this because it does take a little while to cook these style of pancakes, and I may not be the most pleasant to be around when I’m “hangry”. 🙂
Anyways, back to the pancakes. They offer a variety of sweet and savory versions, but I had already decided sweet was the only way to go. I ultimately decided to go with the baked apple and caramel pancakes (I have a weakness for anything involving cinnamon or caramel, and this had both!), and I added on a scoop of vanilla ice cream. When we were seated, I noticed the woman next to me ordered a savory pancake, and I must say, I started questioning my decision. They looked delicious! So, if you’re more of a savory type, you can’t go wrong with those either here.
When they brought me my plate, I almost didn’t want to eat it because it was so pretty and perfect. I mean just look at the fluffiness!
I was hoping the taste lived up to the hype and picture worthiness. I’m happy to say, it exceeded my expectations! The light and airiness of the pancakes didn’t give you that heavy glutinous feeling you typically get after eating a stack of American style pancakes. It was like eating a delicious, perfectly sweetened pancake cloud. While I really could have just eaten the pancakes plain, the addition of the baked cinnamon apples and caramel sauce put these over the top. All of the flavors with the added vanilla ice cream was basically a party in my mouth. And I didn’t want it to end. I almost ordered another order of the savory pancakes afterwards just so it didn’t have to end.
This whole order was a total of ¥1,250 (~$11.80). The add-on ice cream was an additional ¥100. For this price and amount of food, Rainbow Pancake can’t be beat. Plus, all of the employees were very nice and eager to answer any questions you may have! If you’re ever in Tokyo and in search of great pancakes or breakfast in general, be sure to stop by Rainbow Pancake. They will not disappoint!
Address: Japan, 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingumae, ４−２８−４ ARES GARDEN OMOTESANDO
Website: Rainbow Pancake