I was never a pancake person when I was younger, but in the past few months I’ve found myself on a pancake binge. After several failed attempts to make coconut pancakes at home, I’ve come to a new found appreciation for the sweet breakfast dish. Local Mbassy’s highly instagrammed red velvet pancakes were what brought me here for a Sunday brunch.
Local Mbassy is located in Ultimo, a short walk from Broadway. I met J at the cafe around 12pm. We managed to beat the Sunday brunch rush. Shortly after we’d gotten in, a line of customers were forming out the door.
After a quick look over the menu, J and I ordered. My preconception was that everyone came here for the pancakes, but after looking around, I saw a number of people eating different things.
The service was friendly and prompt. The food was not so prompt. It was about a 20 minute wait, or slightly longer, but it was a busy day and the cafe was full.
J had ordered the Vegetarian Parcel ($17.00). His words on this dish were that it was just cooked vegetables, very basic. J’s thoughts on the dish before it was served, was that he thought the vegetables would be dressed up a bit, but they weren’t.
My Red Velvet Pancakes ($15.50) were, on the other hand, superb. They are every bit as glorious as all the Valencia filter Instagram pictures make them out to be. The pancakes are soft, moist and fluffy, served with whipped cream and strawberries and dusted with caster sugar- they are the stuff dreams are made of. All in all, Local Mbassy’s red velvet pancakes make my list of top pancakes in Sydney.
With decently priced food and an unpretentious hipster (still questioning if there is such a thing) atmosphere, there’s no excuse for not having been here yet.
A word of recommendation: unless they up their game in the near future, it’s probably not worth ordering savoury dishes here.
Address: 310 Wattle Street, Ultimo