Pancakes on The Rocks opened up recently at Darling Harbour. All excited, I trotted happily there to try out their new venue. There wasn't a huge queue and we were seated almost right away. I have a feeling that this wouldn't last long and soon, we will have to wait in a long queue in the future. Nice decor, the wood panels brings out an earthy feel that seems to go well with the atmosphere.
As usual, the one drink that I always order is the Lime soda. This is lime flavoured fizzy drink with a nice healthy dollop of ice cream. Some people like to eat the ice cream and drink the lime soda separately. Lately, I prefer to mix it all together which results in a creamy fizzy drink. Be careful during mixing as the drink might overflow during that process.
We ordered the Pork Ribs in BBQ sauce. The rib was tender and the chips was great! However, the sauce didn't seem to have marinated and blend well with the ribs which resulted in this being average. The flavour wasn't as enhanced as it could be in a good dish of ribs!
Pancakes - Vanilla and Choc Surprise $10.95
We ordered the Vanilla and Choc Surprise which is 1 buttermilk and 1 chocolate pancake with a scoop of vanilla and chocolate ice cream each, drizzled with chocolate sauce. Wow! The buttermilk pancake was really rich and creamy, bordering on greasy but not quite. It was literally rich with butter and milk. The chocolate pancake was really good as well, thick and rich chocolate flavour.
Maybe because this is a new branch and it's not racing speed busy, the quality of the pancakes is definitely good. Sometimes, when you go to the branch at The Rocks, the immense crowd results in an extremely busy kitchen which can result in the quality of the pancakes decreasing a little. Don't get me wrong, it is still good but as a regular patron, you can definitely taste the difference on an extremely busy night and just a normal night.
Good pancakes and the service was excellent. We spilled a drink at my table quite inconspicuously but the wait staff noticed straightaway and came armed with a cloth all ready to help. Definitely a place that I will always come back to.
Total Score ~ 20/25
[Taste - 7.5 (10) , Presentation - 4 (5), Service - 4.5 (5), Value for Money - 4 (5)]
4, Hickson Road, The Rocks
100 Briens Road, Northmead