Happiness drips with maple syrup

I had to work on Saturday this weekend just gone, which was a bummer. But since I had to be out and about anyway, I decided to get to Subiaco a little earlier and grab brunch at Tastings Coffee House – pancakes with banana and maple syrup.

For AU$9.90 I wasn’t sure what to expect. When my pancakes were placed before me I know my eyes must’ve lit up – the dish was colourful and looked simply gorgeous. And yes, I’d ordered another of those $5 freshly squeezed OJs as well*

Pancakes with banana and maple syrup and a glass of freshly squeezed OJ

A four pancake-stack, layered with sliced fresh banana, drizzled generously with maple syrup. All around the plate were squiggles of berry coulis and more dribbles of maple syrup. And just to make the dish look even more appetitising and colourful, the pancakes were topped with a garnish consisting of a strawberry, kiwi fruit and more banana. It was just beautiful.

Pancakes with banana and maple syrup

As I took the photo below, the maple syrup was literally dripping down the side of the pancake stack. It was seriously to die for. Oh. My. God. I could smell the syrup and feel the warmth gently rising from the pancakes.All I wanted to do was dig in and taste them, but I forced myself to concentrate on taking the photos first.

Pancakes with banana and maple syrup - side view

You know, not to toot my trumpet, but once in a while I do take photos that I myself fall in love with. I find that I can’t stop myself looking at them… in this case, I’ve been gazing at these photos and greedily reliving that lusciously dripping maple syrup and that warm, sweet pancake smell. Personally, I think it’s more about the food looking amazing to begin with than the photos themselves, though! :)

I really REALLY enjoyed the pancakes – I mopped up the pool of maple syrup and most of the berry coulis with the pancakes. It was a very sweet and sticky breakfast, but utterly utterly delicious. Even just cutting through the four layered pancake stack was a pleasure. The photo below depicts the pancake stack with my first and rather large mouthful neatly carved out. Subsequent mouthfuls were a little less gluttonous, as I took my time to really savour the experience. I definitely “live to eat” – I’m sure a lot of you guys do too! I don’t think food blogs would be as appealing or appeal at all, otherwise.

Pancakes with banana and maple syrup - after the first bite

Tastings Coffee House is located at 108 Rokeby Road in Subiaco. Breakfast is served from 6AM to noon. All pancakes come served with maple syrup, and you can have them with banana, berries or just the syrup. You can order bacon on the side too, if that’s what you’d like – ordinarily I would’ve done exactly that, but I was in a banana place on Saturday! And if pancakes aren’t your thing, Tastings serve the usual breakfast fare – bacon and eggs, scrambled eggs on toast, fruit salad, etc. If you stick around for lunch, there are sandwiches, burgers and other delicious items on offer. The homemade pizza in the warmer looks amazing.

*Jetgirl, I’ve been thinking more about your recent comment about my $5 glass of OJ. I reckon back when the film Pulp Fiction was made, $5 (American or Australian dollars) would have been expensive for a milkshake or juice, but it’s pretty normal these days. :) I’d only be happy to pay $5 for freshly squeezed juice though, not a glass of juice poured straight from a bottle.

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