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Pancake Parlour’s Red Dawn. A breakfast review

By johnboy - 23 April 2013 35

red dawn

The Pancake Parlour in the Civic Bus Interchange has been around so long it’s passed from its cool phase, to a daggy phase, and might just be re-emerging into the warm sunlit uplands of cool.

Barcham and I have been ensconced this morning for the mobile office review (to come later) but we kicked things off and made ourselves welcome with a breakfast order.

The Red Dawn is a magnificent combination of cheese, pancake, bacon, butter, and enough fried tomato to take the edge off the stodge.

It’s $16.90 of breakfast glory.

Highly recommended if you’re in Civic of a morning and feeling peckish.

Hail Xenu!

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Pancake Parlour’s Red Dawn. A breakfast review
bundah 4:50 pm 23 Apr 13

Pork Hunt said :

poetix said :

Mothy said :

… a root bear….

Root bears are addictive. Can lead to bi-polar disorders.

Careful, or you’ll be grizzling away in the corner.

I’m scared…

You two are unbearable!

Pork Hunt 4:32 pm 23 Apr 13

poetix said :

Mothy said :

… a root bear….

Root bears are addictive. Can lead to bi-polar disorders.

Careful, or you’ll be grizzling away in the corner.

I’m scared…

poetix 4:12 pm 23 Apr 13

Mothy said :

… a root bear….

Root bears are addictive. Can lead to bi-polar disorders.

Careful, or you’ll be grizzling away in the corner.

DrKoresh 2:41 pm 23 Apr 13

tonkatuff82 said :

So do you boycott places like the Southern Cross Club because they are owned by a homophobic, misogynist multinational that believes in and promotes a soul-saving space ghost?

I’m not having a go at you because you don’t want to give the CoS any money. I applaud that. I’m just wondering if you also avoid all other religiously funded enterprises?

As far as I see it, a pancake is a f****** pancake. I also don’t care if I buy petrol from a Hindu, or alcohol from a Jehovah’s Witness. Well… maybe the JW because they try to wake me up in the morning…

It’s mainly because I perceive the CoS as an actively malevolent institution, which doesn’t apply to most mainstream religions. There are certain sects though, like HillSong, which I personally think is just as bad as Scientology, not for their beliefs but for their insular methods of indoctrination.

johnboy 2:41 pm 23 Apr 13

neanderthalsis said :

Is that large yellowish globule on top of the pancake a ball of butter? You could choke a dozen donkeys on that.

It’s creamed butter, so not the same volume as solid butter.

neanderthalsis 2:40 pm 23 Apr 13

Is that large yellowish globule on top of the pancake a ball of butter? You could choke a dozen donkeys on that.

tonkatuff82 2:31 pm 23 Apr 13

DrKoresh said :

Look, I can respect a lot of what I consider to be somewhat nutty beliefs but Scientology is not one of them. The idea that there is a type of mind that can be swayed into believing the tenets of Scientology fills me with pity and sorrow. These are exactly the kind of people who need the psychological help that the CoS inaccurately (and in my opinion, deliberately dishonestly) claims is an invention of some nebulous society of malevolent doctors.

So do you boycott places like the Southern Cross Club because they are owned by a homophobic, misogynist multinational that believes in and promotes a soul-saving space ghost?

I’m not having a go at you because you don’t want to give the CoS any money. I applaud that. I’m just wondering if you also avoid all other religiously funded enterprises?

As far as I see it, a pancake is a f****** pancake. I also don’t care if I buy petrol from a Hindu, or alcohol from a Jehovah’s Witness. Well… maybe the JW because they try to wake me up in the morning…

Mothy 2:10 pm 23 Apr 13

I can still remember trips to the Pancake Parlors around Melbourne regularly as a child – the place was a goddamn wonder, principally for items like “the it”, a root bear (a drink that tasted EXACTLY how Deep Heat smelled) and the hot ball – I mean, come on, your own little jug of fudge? Bring that on.

There was one in a laneway somewhere between Bourke and Collins Street. It seemed huge and cavernous to me then. When I was older there was the one above the Cinema in Chadstone, a great way to wait out the time before a movie started. And then when older still, the 24 hour (or something similar) one out at Doncaster which worked well when I was doing shift work.

All of them are memories that are horribly besmirched the moment I walk down the perilous staircase into the den that is the Canberra Pancake Parlor. Make no mistake, I’ve been disappointed by them, but still gone back, in the hope of finding similar enjoyment to what I remember from my youth. But each time is the same. The machine at the top of the stairs is no longer an item of wonder, but instead an indication of the sad mimickery that lies within.

The pancakes are still there. The same menu is still there. The root beer is missing but I can source that elsewhere now when I want a fix. But something is MISSING. The interior feels dark, and dated, and not in a “harking back to a bygone era” kind of dated – I know that is what that kitsch is trying for – but more a “we haven’t had a marketing department or hired someone to apply a fresh coat of paint in 20 years” kind of dated.

The food dished out by the Canberra store follows the formula. But somehow it does so poorly. Somehow, it comes off as second rate. Flat not fresh. Yes, the cheese and potato pancake is what it sounds like – a magnificent plate of heart stopping stodge. But buy one of the crepes and you feel like you have tested the kitchen, and they have been found wanting.

If anyone can point me to somewhere to have pancakes and something the equivalent of a Swiss Mountain Malt, please do. Because then I can be done with this place.

In short, this old grey mare just ain’t what she used to be.

And until i noticed your “Hail Xenu” closer, I’d never known they were associated with Scientology. I learned something today.

If only I lived in Port Macqaurie. But that seems a bit far to travel really.

Girt_Hindrance 2:03 pm 23 Apr 13

DrKoresh said :

Look, I can respect a lot of what I consider to be somewhat nutty beliefs but Scientology is not one of them. The idea that there is a type of mind that can be swayed into believing the tenets of Scientology fills me with pity and sorrow. These are exactly the kind of people who need the psychological help that the CoS inaccurately (and in my opinion, deliberately dishonestly) claims is an invention of some nebulous society of malevolent doctors.

So people weren’t brought to this planet by Aliens and thrown into volcanos before climbing out and establishing colonies?
I’m with you 100%.

DrKoresh 2:01 pm 23 Apr 13

Oh I know they’re not running as a front for a brainwashing facility JB, the idea of putting money into the pockets of the CoS, even indirectly, just gives me the heebie-jeebies.

As such, I can’t bring myself to go there. Obviously I’d have to go against my principles if She Who Must Be Obeyed decided she wanted to go there for ice-cream. Thank Glob for the recent introduction of Ben & Jerry’s into the Territory, is all I can say.

johnboy 1:55 pm 23 Apr 13

DrKoresh said :

Look, I can respect a lot of what I consider to be somewhat nutty beliefs but Scientology is not one of them. The idea that there is a type of mind that can be swayed into believing the tenets of Scientology fills me with pity and sorrow. These are exactly the kind of people who need the psychological help that the CoS inaccurately (and in my opinion, deliberately dishonestly) claims is an invention of some nebulous society of malevolent doctors.

I went in I got shown a table, the staff brought me what I wanted when I wanted, I paid and left (they gave me a peppermint candy).

My morning there had no religious overtones or implications.

DrKoresh 1:50 pm 23 Apr 13

Look, I can respect a lot of what I consider to be somewhat nutty beliefs but Scientology is not one of them. The idea that there is a type of mind that can be swayed into believing the tenets of Scientology fills me with pity and sorrow. These are exactly the kind of people who need the psychological help that the CoS inaccurately (and in my opinion, deliberately dishonestly) claims is an invention of some nebulous society of malevolent doctors.

johnboy 1:48 pm 23 Apr 13

Can’t speak for the others but our table was stick free

Cantabile 1:45 pm 23 Apr 13

I can’t get past the sticky tables… I don’t know how they do it, but every table, every time.

Keijidosha 1:16 pm 23 Apr 13

and might just be re-emerging into the warm sunlit uplands of cool

Based on my last experience PP is continuing on a steady decline into the shadowed valley of mediocrity. Although I suppose in hindsight their tired and lackluster advertising does accurately reflect service and product, so there is probably no excuse for disappointment.

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