Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus
Coffee with Speculoos
Potato, Bacon, Onion, Cheese, Sour Cream Pannenkoek
Saskatoon Berries, Whipped Cream, Ice Cream Pannenkoek
A locally owned institution located in a small shopping complex off the highway, Calgary’s Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus focuses on a very specific dish common throughout the Netherlands, but rarely found elsewhere, a novelty that has nonetheless found plenty of fans in Western Canada where a 9:05am arrival was just minutes early enough to avoid a significant line snaking out the frozen front door.
Discussing it’s unique style of skillet-cooked dough proudly on the website and menu, each round priced between $12-$19 with nearly limitless ability to customize in addition to several-dozen suggested combinations, patrons at Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus are greeted with the most smiling of faces by a team of mostly middle-age Women, most regulars ordering without even a look at the menu while the indecisive are presented Coffee with a Windmill Biscuit to enjoy as they weigh the options.
Decorated in traditional ornaments with a wide selection of imported Cookies, Candies and Toppings to take home, traditional Maggi Seasoning Sauce and Schenkstroop found alongside Creamer and Sugar on the table, it was with tough decisions made that two Pancakes filled the table perhaps fifteen minutes and two Cups of Coffee after entering, each flattened disc likely enough to feed a couple, the best bet to dine with a mindset of sharing.
Taking a good look at each Pannenkoek, the savory choice of Bacon and Onion beneath a lattice of Cheddar and crispy shredded-Potatoes a touch oily and quite salty even without the MSG-based Seasoning, slow-and-steady proves a wise choice when indulging as everything from the center out arrives piping hot, the sweet ‘classic’ cooled by three scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream and thick Schenkstroop far more readily devoured with a texture about halfway between a Crepe and a North American Pancake beneath a warm scoop of reduced Saskatoon Berries.