Last Sunday was sadly our last day in Calgary. To start our morning right, Joe and I drove to Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus in the southwest quadrant to get us some Dutch pancakes. Apparently the only one of its kind in Canada trained to serve such a unique dish, it was also featured on the TV show “You Gotta Eat Here”. Following the show’s suggestion, I had to eat here! Three years ago, I was lucky enough to visit Amsterdam but did not have the time to try any of their famous pancakes. This was my chance.
After our late dinner at CHARCUT, we didn’t wake up early enough to catch the early morning group of diners. We arrived around 11pm and boy was it packed! After putting our names down on the wait list, I quickly took a peek at the groups waiting before us. We were 10 tables away from being seated! The table turnover was surprisingly quick though as the early birds were finishing up their breakfasts. Seated within 20 minutes, I was content with the wait.
The menu is extensive, both with savory and sweet pancakes available for your choosing, a combination of both, and even a build-your-own section.
Joe’s coffee came with a little biscuit on the side, which you could buy along with other treats imported from Holland at the counter. Our fruit bowl came with the national flag, a cute presentation.
We both ordered a savory pancake, so I sadly didn’t get to try a sweet one. I ordered the “rosti, ui, spek en kaas” – shredded potato, onion, bacon and cheese with a side of sour cream. The pancake is a very thin crêpe with the ingredients cooked into the batter. It was absolutely delicious! I loved the shredded potato and the whole thing had the flavors of a classic perogy!
Joe had the “spek, paprika en ui” – bacon, peppers, and onions. The peppers were fresh and gave his a nice crunch but I preferred mine. Condiments on the table included soy sauce for some reason (?) and being the fan of overdosing his food with salt, he doused his dish with it before I could get another bite in.
By the end of the meal, we were completely stuffed. I still had a small portion of my dish left that I couldn’t finish and Joe looked like he was ready for a nap. If ever in Calgary and you’re craving something other than standard breakfast/brunch fare, try out Pfanntastic Pannekoek Haus!Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus
2439 – 54th Ave SW