Belle-Ville Pancake Cafe

Belle-Ville Pancake Cafe's first Singapore outpost at Bugis Junction (single corner unit located right across BHG department store since June 2018) is so cramped you will find yourself literally ducking elbows; quick eyeballing of affairs places this 25-seater no larger than 40 square metres. Still, countless hipster diners have been sold on its whimsically crafted, brilliant blue accented interiors where arched transom windows, beadboard paneling and jaunty foliage reign.

Established some six decades ago in Osaka, Japan, Belle-Ville originally served Omurice dishes until 9 years back - these days though it is best known for putting out "wobbly" millefeuille soufflé pancakes: risen layers meticulously sculpted on a round griddle (using fresh milk sourced from Sennan, whole eggs and premium wheat flour), then stacked atop one another before being further impregnated with preassigned combinations of fruit and Hokkaido fresh cream. Notably, glossy meringue peaks (separately folded into the batter) are whipped up only upon order, thus always ensuring airy, fluffy outcomes.

The Menu At A Glance.......

What knocked our socks off:

The Matcha With Rice Ball And Red Bean Pancakes which unfurled vegetal green tea essence inside spongy wheat territory were gently perfumed yet never tasted astringent; Adzuki red beans, Shiratama Dango (glutinous rice flour mochi) plus black honey drizzled over also meshed nutty, chewy and sticky all at once amidst sweetly divine happening.

Matcha With Rice Ball And Red Bean Pancake (4 pcs-$12.20, 8pcs-$16.20 )

What didn't work out:

The Strawberry And Mixed Berry Pancakes traumatized: we found ourselves ingesting a frightful kingdom of cream packed within (good heavens even vanilla ice-cream featured!) whilst getting stung by excessively tart strawberry chunks and blueberry bunches. Too rich, too sour percolated in mouths afterwards yo. Overly ripe, severely dull mango cubes wrecked the Mango Pancakes experience - fluffily happy ever after came undone because someone on fruit detail exercised questionable judgment. Oh well better luck next time.

Strawberry And Mixed Berry Pancake (2 pcs-$11.90, 4pcs-$14.40 )

Mango Pancake (2 pcs-$11.90, 4pcs-$14.40 )

Note: Prices subject to change without prior notice. Kindly clarify with cafe before visiting or ordering.

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Score: 6.4/10


Editor's Note: Two other outlets subsequently opened; their addresses are included below as well for convenient reference.


Bugis Junction 100AM Tanjong Pagar Square 2 @ Novena
230 Victoria Street, 100 Tras Street, 10 Sinaran Drive,
#01-01B #01-14B #01-152/ 153/ 154
Singapore 188024 Singapore 079027 Singapore 307506