Pancake Manor is just one of those places that if you live in Brisbane you've most likely been there... If you haven't you should definitely go especially as they are open 24 hours a day and serve meals till midnight, so you don't really have an excuse ha. I loved this place before I had children but appreciate it even more eating in as a family. It's a place everyone can enjoy because there is something for everyone and really let's face it who hates pancakes?
The thing I love about this place is it's history... The Manor is actually a refurbished Cathedral (also rumoured to be haunted). St Luke's Cathedral was built in 1904 and when you look around it really is a very beautifully crafted building. High ceilings, chandeliers and amazing beam work. The building really is magnificent and it's kept pretty much in original state, plus the kids think they are dining in a castle.
Pancake Manor is always pretty busy on the weekend so we waited about 10 mins to be seated which I don't think is too bad. We were able to read the menu while we waited too. The menu has a large variety of drinks and meals and the good thing is everything is pretty reasonably priced. The children's meals start as low as $4 while adult meals start under $10 and the servings are very generous. It's the kind of place you make sure you have an empty stomach upon attendance.
We ordered some Ice chocolates for Ruby and Austin and I had a hot chocolate while Wade had Orange Juice. The table service was pretty quick regardless of the fact that it was packed and very busy. This was actually a pretty big test for us too as Austin used to have severe dairy (along with other things) intolerance's but now at 3 we had been having success with small amounts. I think the fact he'd never had an Iced chocolate before said something about the way he ploughed through it with enthusiasm.
Again the table service was pretty quick with the meals given the active environment. Austin and Ruby both ordered the caterpillar but had chocolate sauce instead of strawberry. At $6 for this cute little plate I thought it was pretty good value.
I wanted to try the crepes this time as I usually have pancakes and ordered 'The Ultimate'. Two french crepes filled with cream cheese, sultanas, lemon and vanilla served with ice cream and strawberries and dusted with icing sugar. It was rather delicious and i don't think I left much on my plate upon finishing.
Wade decided to go with their house favourite long stack. I don't think this place can go wrong with their buttermilk pancakes. They are always light fluffy and delicious served with a side of ice cream and maple syrup.
They even had wee baby sized pan cakes for Nash and were more than accommodating to serve them as is without any topping listed on the menu items.
We shared a bowl of chips with a side of aioli. I was impressed with the fact that they were not only under $3 but also came with a generous serve of aioli... I don't think there is anything worse than feeling like you have to ration aioli lol.
Pancake Manor is definitely a must go for families given the fact it's got lots of room, has high chairs and a great kids menu. There is something for every taste here and the prices of the menu are awesome I think all up our bill came to just over $60 for a family of 5. despite it being busy the service was fast and friendly which I think was the best thing. The only problem I can think of is that there is a very small flight of stairs to get in maybe about 7 steps but easy enough to carry a stroller up. The toilets are down stairs too but I don't think you would need to take a pram down there.
If you want a better idea of the menu you can see it at this link.