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Look at the Perfect Pancake

February 13, 2017

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This is the perfect pancake.

And some will argue that it’s not. Pancakes should be thinner, should have off coloured spots, should have batter that spilled over the edge to make the shape not a full circle, should mglglmleeeee whatever, but take a step back. That’s not the case. These pancakes are what other pancakes aspire to be. I mean, if you had to imagine what the perfect guy/perfect girl looks like, you’d probably have an image in your mind of somebody that doesn’t look like the people around you most. The perfect person has perfect skin, a six pack, great hair, perfect teeth. Now think of the perfect pancake, and, come on, you’ll be thinking of these pancakes. So thick, so perfectly cooked all the way through, so round. You’re not thinking of the regular pancakes you get elsewhere when you’re thinking about the perfect pancake, the same way you’re not thinking about your neighbour, Ralph, when you’re thinking about the perfect person. Though Ralph is a cool dude. Nothing wrong with Ralph. Nothing wrong with regular pancakes. Nothing wrong with regular people.

Wow that was a real stretch of a paragraph there. I’M JUST SO PASSIONATE ABOUT THESE PANCAKES. I didn’t know pancakes like this existed. They’re unlike any pancake I’ve ever had. And I think what I like most about these pancakes is that they’re just amazing on their own. The pancakes I usually had back home were covered in lots of other things that were delicious, like fruit or chocolate chips or whipped cream or something, and the pancake in those situations is a vehicle for other flavours. But here, the pancake on its own is just amazing. You don’t need anything else. It’s just…essence of pancake. BECAUSE IT’S THE PERFECT PANCAKE I’M NOT BACKING DOWN FROM THIS FOLKS!

If you’d like to try out these pancakes, it’s called West Aoyama Garden, and the address is
〒107-0062 Tokyo, 港区Minamiaoyama, 1−22−10 in Japanese, or 1-22-10 Minamiaoyama Minato Tokyo if you’re looking up the map in English. It’s a pretty straight shot from the subway, as you just walk on the Main Street until you see a huge Denny’s (a really fancy looking one at that) and it’s right after the Denny’s. No confusing side streets to walk down. Don’t go hungry, though, because the wait will make you lose your shit. It smells so damned good in there and it’s torture.

Otherwise, we’ve got some extra scenes if you’d like to see some more. Check em out below!

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  1. My roommate loves pancakes so I may just have to convince her that we need to give this place a visit if we visit Tokyo this summer like we plan to. For future reference…can you give me an idea of how long you waited? Also around what time you went or what time of the day you might recommend to go?
    Also…I want you guys to know…I was eating dinner as I watched this and when Martina broke into the souffle my mouth just literally hung open in awe for like a minute with my chopsticks full of rice just hanging there…it looked so amazing.

    4 months ago
  2. With all the videos from Korean and now from Japan, it creates such an energetic spark in me to go try out the same things. Especially the plane ride type visiting and eating in those places. Thanks super very much for letting us all know the truth about what places are actually the good places to go to. Keep up that cool work! (=^__^=)~~~

    4 months ago
  3. Hello, guys! I am definitely going to this place. My husband and I are travelling to Japan in April and staying there for 22 days. I discovered your channel last week and I’m practically binge watching everything! Thank you for all the tips and forbeing so fun and great.

    4 months ago
  4. aren’t these called ‘hot cakes’ in Japan? Side note, went to a Japanese Cafe in Bangkok, Thailand, they, like the Japanese, also sell these perfect, evenly tanned, smooth, cooked pancakes. It’s magic I tell you!

    4 months ago
  5. Ideal pancake: normal pancake, dusting of powdered sugar, and an obscene amount of butter. :) That looked amazing though.

    4 months ago
  6. “There’s a long wait.”

    Good opportunity to catch up on knitting.

    But knitting joke aside, those pancakes, man. I did not know I needed those in my life. That place looks awesome!

    4 months ago
  7. Wow ! This look so so damn delicious !! Could you give us an idea of the prices ? Because the place look so fancy I’m afraid it might be over my budget :s

    4 months ago
    • I’m pretty sure for the full meal, which included the soufflé, two pancakes, three coffees and a cookie, and refills on all those coffees, it was 4,000 yen or so.

      4 months ago
      • Damn that’s a very good deal ! *o* Thanks for your reply and count on me to go there very soon!!

        4 months ago
  8. On the actual video, those cakes are huge for pancakes, I doubt that they were actually fried though. If you’d like to make them at home, take any “roll cake” recipe and separate it into 2 5-inch(?) cake tins and you’ll get a similar effect (or use a cookie sheet). By the way, did you know that if you bake your cake in a metal cookie tin (lined with parchment paper on the bottom), you can take the cake out to cool, then put it back in (with icing or what not) and put the top on to transport it or store it? Totally easy, especially if you’re working with only a toaster oven. I know that you prefer pies, but after this, maybe you’d try making “pan cakes” at home ;) Cinnamon, Gingerbread, Chocolate expresso, even vanilla cake, they’re all good like this and only take, like 15 minutes to cook and are great warm.

    4 months ago
  9. As an adult about 10 years your senior, I resent your implication that I cannot frolick in the snow in wild abandon without being childish. I know that you’re in your thirties now but sheesh, get over it, adults are what you are, no matter how you act and if having fun is restricted to children then time travel would already have been invented. What are you going to do when you get even older? Oh no, it’s happening right now! Every second that ticks by as you read this! Quick, frolick, play, while you still have time!…….until?????? Never stop having fun, whatever you find fun. This whole idea of “childish-ness vs. responsible adult” came about from a harsh living conditions that we’re currently evolving past, so please leave those antiquated and sad ideas in the past, where they belong. You’re both scholars, I’m sure you get it, it’s not cute but kind of depressing to see you excusing your fun behaviour. I’m saying this only half seriously……….sumima-fuckin-sen ;)

    4 months ago
    • We usually say that pre-emptively for the people that comment on us being immature, and we also say it for the people that might not have the confidence to have the same kind of fun, and believe that they have to act differently :D

      4 months ago
  10. Awww Simon starved till 2 pm? He did seem hangry XD Take good care of yourselves!

    4 months ago
    • We’re trying to do more intermittent fasting, and we’re still new to it. Haven’t accepted the hunger yet…

      4 months ago
  11. LOL…..You two are a trip…I hope we can meet while we are stationed in Japan (FOR THE THIRD TIME). I just ordered a shirt. Love your videos

    4 months ago
    • Thank you for ordering a shirt! That’s awesome of you. Where are you stationed in Japan?

      4 months ago
      • We will be at Misawa Air Base. It is our second time there and our third time to Japan. Japan is home, on of my monsters was born in Okinawa.

        4 months ago
  12. I wish someone looked at me like Simon looked at that souffle

    4 months ago