Monday, November 9, 2020

FLIPPER’S @ Takashimaya Shopping Centre - Well-loved Iconic Japanese Pancake Chain Opens First Outlet In Singapore

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Originated in Tokyo in 2014, well-loved iconic Japanese pancake chain FLIPPER’S has arrived in Singapore, with a flagship store at Takashimaya Shopping Centre. FLIPPER'S has made its name in the world of soufflé pancakes for good reasons. Made without a ring mould, the sides of the pancakes are purposefully left untouched for a softer and fluffier centre with a golden-brown top and bottom. Not only that gives FLIPPER'S its unique identity, but there is also a particular way of enjoying its pillowy soufflé pancakes - pulling them gently apart with the two forks that you are served with. Key ingredients and equipment for its soufflé pancakes are imported directly from Japan, such as Japanese Kitahonami flour milled from Hokkaido wheat and custom-made copper griddles which you can see from the show kitchen.

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Kiseki Pancake Plain 4.5/5

The pancake batter features premium AOP-certified French butter, Hinata eggs from Kanagawa prefecture, as well as Japanese fresh milk which is known for its extra creaminess. With these fine ingredients going into the pancakes, the best way to appreciate them is to go for Kiseki Pancake Plain ($16.80), served with a huge dollop of FLIPPER’S proprietary maple whipped cream made with Canadian pure maple syrup and French butter. I like how the light, mellow sweet cream adds flavour to the plain pancakes, and at the same time brings out the depth of eggy aroma of the pancakes.

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Kiseki Pancake Hazelnut Chocolate 4/5

Kiseki Pancake Hazelnut Chocolate is a top pick for chocolate lover with irresistible Valrhona Equatoriale Noire 55 chocolate-infused cream, luscious hazelnut praline and caramelised bananas. It is then finished with glorious homemade chocolate, and feuilletine shard served with melted chocolate.

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Kiseki Pancake Matcha 4/5

Other sweet varieties include Kiseki Pancake Hazelnut Chocolate ($21.80) and Kiseki Pancake Matcha ($19.80). Kiseki Pancake Hazelnut Chocolate to me holds the perfect combination of flavours of chocolate, hazelnut and banana. Atop of the pancakes is a Valrhona Equatoriale Noire 55 chocolate-infused cream and hazelnut praline, accompanied with a slice of caramelised banana and melted chocolate. Whereas for the latter, Kiseki Pancake Matcha is all about the Japanese flavours - Japanese pairing of matcha and red beans. Topping the pancakes is a bittersweet green tea cream made with quality matcha powder from Kyoto, accompanied with azuki paste and a drizzle of matcha honey, with dust of Hokkaido kinako powder for an extra nuance. There was nothing not to like about the toppings, but the pancakes were just so delicate that they just got a little overwhelmed after a while.

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Eggs Benedict Soufflé Pancake 4.5/5

There is one savoury item on the menu which was as enjoyable as Kiseki Pancake Plain. Eggs Benedict Soufflé Pancake ($22.80) highlights the Hinata eggs from Kanagawa prefecture, which is one of the key ingredients giving the airy and delicate consistency of the kiseki soufflé pancake. One soufflé pancake is topped with grilled tiger prawns and avocado cubes, while the other with Norwegian smoked salmon and sautéed spinach. Perhaps the Hollandaise sauce carried a fair amount of tang, and was not overly creamy, this egg-rich dish was pleasingly balanced.

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Millennial Strawberry 4.5/5

In conjunction with the opening of the café, an exclusive seasonal special, Millennial Strawberry ($20.80), will also be introduced for a limited time only until 30 November. It's like a dream comes true for a soufflé pancake lover. The special edition Millennial Strawberry features sweet, and tangy fresh Chitose strawberries, velvety cream cheese and homemade strawberry jelly sandwiched between soufflé pancakes crowned with a thick layer of strawberries-blended cream. FLIPPER’S in Singapore will also offer specials after its initial launch period starring fresh Japanese fruits such as Yubari melon, white peach and Shine Muscat grapes.

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For beverage to pair with your pancakes, try its Melona Manpuku ($5.50), a light sencha with the sweet aroma of Japanese melon. Another interesting option is an aesthetically pleasing Rose Strawberry Milk ($7.90), made with rose water, Japanese milk, fresh strawberries and homemade strawberry compote, topped with rose petals.

Note: This is an invited tasting.


FLIPPER’S Singapore
Takashimaya Shopping Centre
Ngee Ann City
391A Orchard Rd
#B1-56
Singapore 238873
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Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 1030am - 930pm

Direction: 
1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit D. Follow the walkway through Wisma Atria to Takashimaya. Continue walking straight at Ngee Ann City until destination. Journey about 8 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Somerset MRT station. Take Exit B to Orchard Road. Head west or turn left onto Orchard Road against the flow of traffic. Walk to destination. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]

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