Restaurant Review: Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus

>> Tuesday, September 1, 2015

There are many places on my go to list after watching shows such as “You’ve got to eat here”, but one of the restaurants that were always on the top was Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus. After our trips to Europe I have always tried to find locations in town that can allow me to indulge in European style cuisines, one of them being the pannenkoeks.

Atmosphere: Quaint café style establishment that caters to both family and large groups.

Price Range: Mid $10s

Food: For those that aren’t familiar with pannekoeks, they’re essentially thin pancakes which are similar to crepes, which can be topped with either savoury or sweet fare. This allows them to take on many different flavour profiles and due to their fluffy and light texture, you’ll often crave more than one.

We started with the Spke, Ferookte Worst En Ei aka Bacon, Smoked Sausage and Egg. It was perfectly balanced, not too heavy and very nicely flavoured. Bacon truly does elevate this dish and the spicy sausage was a really nice touch, adding that extra heat to the plate.

Our second savoury order was the Rosti, Ui, Spek En Kaas which reminded me of a perogie with potato, bacon, onion, cheese with sour cream. These Norwegian flavours are classic and play very nicely together. I was surprised to find that the potato didn’t overpower the flavour of the crepe but instead complimented it.

Finally we had to order a sweet pannenkoek and decided on the Appel En Kaneel or Apple and cinnamon. I was eyeing the ice cream version but since this was our third we decided to tone it back a bit and save that one for another day. There’s nothing like apple and cinnamon in my books, so you can already guess that I enjoyed this one immensely. I preferred it to the savoury versions and would definitely order it again in the future. Although simple, everything worked together very well.

My Picks: Appel En Kaneel or Apple and cinnamon, if I really had to pick.

Overall: Even after several we didn’t feel overly stuffed or heavy. The crepes were light and fluffy and were probably better than the pannenkoek we had in the Netherlands. It’s a great brunch alternative, but I suggest you either go early or later to avoid the rush or just be patient because they’re definitely worth the wait!

Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus
2439 54 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB
(403) 243-7757

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