The Pancake Manor
In 1979, the former St Luke's Church of England on Charlotte St saw the light and embraced the one true deity of pancakes.
In 1979, the former St Luke's Church of England on Charlotte St (est. 1904) saw the light and embraced the one true deity of pancakes. Thirty-five years on, the Pancake Manor is now something of a Brisbane CBD icon, serving up fluffy, buttermilk wheels of joy to hordes of punters 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Whether you're a shift worker, a QUT Gardens Point student burning the midnight oil in the labs or just feeling hungry amid a late-night bender, The Pancake Manor offers a much tastier, wider range of eats than any fast-food outlet or convenience store could offer. And, of course, it's open the rest of the day should you wish to partake in any of the manor's fine wares.
There is an extensive range of the eponymous stacked, floury treats, with such standouts as Blueberry Heaven (two sizeable 'cakes with blueberries, blueberry sauce and ice-cream) and, for the cocoa addicts, the Chocolate Jewels (a duo of chocolate pancakes, with chocolate ice-cream and chocolate sauce) — both at a very reasonable $12.95. Did we forget waffles? Those sweet, iron-pressed devils are here, too.
If you're chasing pancakes at a more conventional hour, or are after a more savoury starter, the Pancake Manor's specifically breakfast menu is available from 5am-11am, with bacon and eggs, hash browns and eggs Benedict among its hearty fare. As for lunch and dinner there's, well, pancakes again (what?), as well as salads, generous burgers, gourmet savoury crepes and the rather confidently named Perfect Steak ($21.95).
Fully licensed until midnight, the venue offers a mostly domestic range of beer, wine and spirits, along with all manner of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, shakes and smoothies throughout the day/night. Don't be put off by the inconsistent 'Pancake Cafe' branding on the front — after all, it's what's inside that counts. If you're based south side, check out the Pancake Manor's newer outlet at Garden City Westfield (not open 24/7, and less '1904 church-chic' but otherwise just as good).