From Japan to Taiwan to Hong Kong, this latest trend in desserts has taken café goers by storm in 2018. In a matter of months, many famous outlets from Japan has overtook many dim sums cafes in Hong Kong and very quickly, there were endless queues forming daily.
Flippers originated from Tokyo and is famous for their Kiseki Souffle pancakes. The main difference between Kiseki Souffle pancakes and normal pancakes lies in the texture. The Kiseki Souffle ones are light and fluffy and made mostly from egg whites. The Flippers in Hong Kong is located in Hysan Place within the streetwear section of the mall. On average, there is always a queue of 10 mins waiting time.
The outlet itself is pretty small with an entirely open concept so bear in mind that shoppers will have full view of you while you stuff down that pancake. You will be seated by the servers once you have reached your turn and you can make your orders and pay at the counter as there is no server taking orders.
Flippers has at least 4 types of kiseki pancakes with a seasonal special which is not within the menu.
While waiting for your orders, you can watch the kitchen staff whip up your pancakes in the open concept kitchen.
The iced chocolate was extremely fanciful with crushed Oreo, chocolate powder and whipped cream on top of the ice chocolate. The ice chocolate was not thick enough in my opinion even though it was pretty sweet.
The hot mocha was quite creamy and milky although the coffee taste was not strong enough.
We ordered the plain kiseki soufflé pancakes to taste how the original flavour would fare. The pancakes were indeed very fluffy but once we bit into them, we were quite disappointed in the flavours. Instead of a very light soufflé pancake texture, it tasted more like scrambled eggs. The yolk taste was very strong and the insides were quite watery with a strong scrambled eggs flavours.
The caramel banana pancakes were made of the same pancakes except it was topped with chocolate ice cream, sliced banana caramelised with sugar. The pancakes continued to taste like scrambled eggs which was not what we expected at all. The caramelised bananas were crispy and sweet as a topping. To make sure we were not bias in our review of the pancake, we tried 3 more famous pancake cafes to make sure we get the right soufflé pancake flavour. Personally, this is not worth the wait for me and the other café will be a better bet. ( Look out for the other reviews)
Address: 6/F Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Operating hours: 11 am to 10.30 pm
Nearest Station: Causeway Bay MTR