The Gold Coast’s Pancakes on the Rocks will satisfy your sugar craving without damaging your back pocket. A good place for a casual feed with friends or family.
Service was good and smooth – I’d say there were about 10 or so other customers in the restaurant at mid-morning and within 15 minutes of ordering our pancakes had arrived. The restaurant is quite large, so I’d say at the moment there’s no real concern for having to wait for a table, and was very warm – perfect as it was a rainy and gloomy day outside. I also like that you can sit in booths, as it provides a sort of private atmosphere with whoever you’re with.
Looking at the menu, there’s a good variety of sweet pancakes (as well as sweet and savoury crepes), which include strawberries, bananas, cherries and macadamias. The restaurant also serves savoury dishes, including ribs and pizza, meaning that you can still drag along anyone who isn’t a fan of pancakes, as well as a kids’ menu that goes beyond pancakes.
I had the Chocolate Jewels (“our original chocolate pancakes with cream and chocolate ice cream, smothered in chocolate sauce”), which was $11.95. I thought this was a reasonable amount to pay for the portion and actually a little cheaper than Pancake Parlour back home, which has many of the same dishes. Currently, in the Hello Gold Coast booklet, they have a voucher for 10% off your main bill, making the morning even cheaper.
Although the pancakes tasted a little too doughy for my liking, the dish as a whole was lovely and rich without being too sickly sweet. If I had eaten before arriving though, I wouldn’t have been able to finish them. Luckily, I was starving. The pancakes aren’t too thin and very filling.
As a side note, there’s also 6 Pancakes on the Rocks restaurants in Sydney!
If you’re driving towards Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast Highway, it’ll be on your left just before Putt Putt Mini Golf (and vice versa if you’re going back towards Coolangatta).
Pancakes on the Rocks – 2488 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach QLD 4218