Unfortunately, my first encounter with pancakes was late in life. Pancakes on the Rocks – The Rocks, Sydney, 2009. What I consider a greater misfortune is the fact that that first experience was so heavenly. The picture is my first plate of pancakes. And nothing ever since has quite matched up to it again.The light, full-bodied, fluffy (but not bloating), un-soggy (yet not too chewy) pancake is an elusive creature, especially here in India. From trying pancakes that looked (and tasted) like rumali rotis in ‘German bakeries’ in Benares to getting excited about a place that finally served them in Nagpur, I have known many flavours of disappointment.
One could argue though, that I was looking in the wrong places. And so, now that I am finally going to Bombay and am likely to stay there for two years, the chances of a more delectable contender increase, or so they should. It is Bombay after all – home to Jai Hind Lunch Home and Leopold’s and Bade Miya!Why Bombay? Next time.