Three months… My deepest apologies. Life with two kids under three is a time-consuming task .As well, I started a new job that takes up a lot of time. Alas, I found a little time to hit up The Original Pancake House in Itaewon for brunch with the love of my life (not pancakes).
Rumors and Whispers: The Original Pancake House has been opened for a while now and over the course of its existence, there has been both positive and negative reviews on various social media including slow service or mediocre food. Now, mediocre is an interesting word. I have to think that most of these critics are from the US and have experienced the real Pancake House. I once read about the Pancake House being “comfort food at a reasonable price.” which conjures up images of going for food after a night of drinking, with not many dollars left in the wallet and still leaving pleasantly satisfied before passing out on a futon. For Americans, ones that claim to patronage The Originally Pancake House frequently, especially on the left coast, is that there is something nostalgic about the place and that the Itaewon location didn’t quite live up to it. Okay, so from a neutral Canadian perspective, let’s dive in and see what we got.
How to get there: One of the easiest spots in Itaewon to find. Take the subway to Itaewon Station (Line 6) and depart from Exit 1. Walk about 200 meter and its on your left. Drunken stumbling easy.
Atmosphere and Service: The wife and I went on a weekday and it was packed. We waited for about 10 minutes and flipped through the menu. We got our seats. The first thing I noticed was the size of the place and how all the tables are spread out nicely. This is one of the few places, I would feel comfortable bringing the kids to. Our server spoke great English and the food came out relatively quick. So far, the Pancake House is passing with flying colors.
Food and Drink: Today we ordered the Potato Hash and Eggs, Blueberry Pancakes, Chicken Tenders and Waffles, Orange Juice and Tea.
Chicken Tenders and Waffles (15,000KRW): “You gotta get the chicken and waffles. It’s a staple.” said my good friend from the Northwest. Ahh okay.. What the hell. I got to say, it was pretty damn good. A couple of reviews online stated that the chicken was dry, but I personally didn’t find that to be the case. The tenders were juicy and the waffles were great. The sweet and saltiness of the chicken and maple butter worked really well together. This would be the perfect hangover food.
Blueberry Pancakes (12,000KRW): I love me some blueberries. I love me some pancakes. I was pretty hungry, so I ordered this up and split them with Jill. Let’s start with the good; the pancakes themselves were cooked perfectly. They were nice and fluffy with just a right amount of powdered sugar on them. Now the bad; there were just not enough blueberries for my liking. It was okay, but when you read on the menu “filled with blueberries” I was expecting a little more. The pancakes came with a blueberry compote and whipped butter.
Potato Hash and Eggs with Buttermilk Pancakes (13,000KRW): Jill had the potato hash and eggs that came with a side order of buttermilk pancakes. She wanted the potato pancakes but they had run out so hash it had to be and it was delicious. The pancakes really gave you your money’s worth. Next time, she says that she’ll ask for the egg to be a little runnier but overall, a tasty dish.
Value: The whole bill came to approximately 50,000KRW including the tea and at the orange juice. So, 50,000KRW might be a little much if you are on your last few bills after a night out, but for Itaewon this is pretty standard. The food was solid, but if you are on a budget, this will probably be out of your budget.
Who Should Visit The Original Pancake House: Missing fried chicken and waffles? This place will suffice.
Who Should Avoid The Original Pancake House: If you are on a budget, and feeling the need to stuff the gullet with some cheap food before crashing out… You might want to head to McD’s across the street or bust out the credit card.