Here in the Bay we’re lucky to have countless culinary crazes at our fingertips, from Korean corn dogs to the nation’s first fruit latte. The internet has been obsessed with these gorgeous fluffy Japanese soufflé pancakes for a while now, and this is your cue to give them a try!
Gram Cafe is the Bay Area’s authority on these gorgeous pillowy treats, which are made by whipping egg whites into a meringue and folding them into the batter. The result is a picture-perfect tower of jiggly pancakes which look fantastic and taste unbelievable, especially with house-made butter, maple syrup, and fresh whipped cream.
Classic options include matcha, oreo, salted egg, strawberry, and additional seasonal flavors. But the stars of the show come from Gram’s premium menu, which boasts creations such as strawberry mascarpone Crème-Anglaise, Crème Brûlée with custard cream and caramelized sugar, takeout-only Durian Anglaise, custard matcha cream, and premium lava salted egg yolk with flossy pork sung for a savory option.
These premium items are labor-intensive, meaning they take 30 minutes to create, but are certainly worth the wait for some of the most indulgent pancakes you’ve ever tried.
In addition to the highly-sought-after premium soufflé pancakes, Gram Cafe’s menu includes a handful of savory pancake options with toppings like wagyu beef, salmon and avocado, and eggs benedict.
And for those who prefer not to partake in the soufflé pancake craze, Gram offers a hardy selection of sweet and savory French toast, rice and noodle dishes, bento boxes, and delicious appetizers. While you’re at it, consider ordering a Dalgona coffee for more of that fluffy whipped texture.
Gram Cafe is a woman-owned pancake chain from Osaka, Japan, with over 60 locations across Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, Singapore, and Indonesia. Lucky for us, San Francisco was their first location to open in the United States, followed by a storefront in Milpitas.
You can find the San Francisco location at 3251 20th Avenue Suite #172, which is found in San Francisco’s Stonestown Galleria.
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