When I was out with a group of friends in early April the topic of neat, unusual, interesting restaurants came up.. and with it, Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus in Calgary’s SouthWest. Luckily, it’s not too far from where I work, so one day I went there with a friend after work for dinner. (It’s really a good place for any meal, since their dishes are pretty good breakfast, lunch, or dinner.)
The location is kind of easy to miss – it’s in a non-descript strip mall, tucked in behind Crowchild Trail – so you have to do a bit of a wind-around to get there if you’re coming from the north but it’s worth it. They also have unusual hours, so check the website for hours before you travel.
The “Pancakes” at Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus are really huge, and they offer them in savory and sweet (as well as a weird sweet-savory mix… some of which don’t really appeal to me at all!) These are Dutch-style pancakes, so they’re not the light fluffy cake-like patties that we normally have here – they’re more like a crepe, topped with ingredients, or with the ingredients mixed right into the batter.
Oh… and did I mention they’re huge? They’re about 12″ in diameter, and when you add in lots of filling… they become a pretty big meal.
Since the crepes are so large, my friend and I opted to split a savory, and split a sweet. Honestly, one full crepe is still too much for me, so she ate part of my savory share, and I still left feeling overly stuffed. Plan on sharing two between three people if you have a lighter appetite.
She picked the savory crepe (with my insistence of no onions) and picked the bacon, leek, and mushroom crepe (adding cheese to the mix as well because… well.. cheese.) which was really delicious (though I don’t really care for leeks that much.) The ingredients for most of their savory dishes are mixed right in, so every bite has the flavour.
For the sweet pancake, she wanted to go with the cherry one… but since she got to choose the savory, I choose the sweet – and I wanted their special that day – a triple chocolate Pannenkoek with brownie bits mixed into the batter, topped off with chocolate syrup and chocolate whipped cream. YUM!
Have you been there?
Have you been to the Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus? What is your favourite dish there? Let me know in the comments below!