Let's Introduce Ourselves

    We only ever serve food in our restaurant that we’d serve at home. House-made. The key ingredient? Freshness. We began with no menu, and basically only served pancakes with strawberries or maple syrup. We asked one question – ‘how’d you like your pancakes?’, and the menu evolved.

    The Purpose

    To deliver high standard pancakes and drinks, with excellent service, providing both nutrition and pleasure to an increasing public, in a LOVELY! environment.


    A Ballarat institution since 1978

    If you ask any one in Ballarat or surrounding districts they have probably dined at The Pancake Kitchen at some time in their life and had the feed of their life.

    Whether it be from early childhood to bringing your children’s children, the Pancake Kitchen Ballarat has been serving its fine fair for all to enjoy for over 40 years.

    Whether a get together with family or friends, a celebration of a birth, a christening, celebrate that winning score or great report, a quick lunch, an anniversary, a Christmas party, mum dads brothers sisters aunties uncles grand dads or grandmas birthday, a wedding (yes we have had a wedding and numerous marriage proposals), or to simply enjoy breakfast lunch or dinner, people of all ages have enjoyed The Pancake Kitchens unique foods and beverages.

    Set in a historical 1860’s period bluestone building its timeless and elegant décor provides a relaxing cosy atmosphere to sit in a booth or chat around a table and enjoy all that the vast menu offers. In winter the fire crackles away and summer, it’s cool.

    Catering for all tastes with our world-famous pancake creations. Cheese & Potato, Tabriz Melt, Jamaican Banana, Fresh Strawberries or decadent Chocolate Jubilee while also serving, steak, chicken, fish, salads, savoury and sweet crepe sensations such as our Mexican crepes, Tabriz, Spinach and Fetta delight, or perhaps a delightful Cheesecake Crepe, what else but “LOVELY”.

    We now can cater for all our Vegan friends as well with our Vegan menu which has smoothies and sweet and savoury meals.

    On the beverage side you can enjoy all your traditional beverages, soft drinks, Beraldo coffees, sensational Swiss mountain malts, juices, iced chocolate or coffees, homemade lemonade, iced tea, beer, wine, spirits and more. Refreshing.

    So as you can see The Pancake Kitchen caters for all your tastes and occasions, young or old. So come pay us a visit, I look forward to seeing you soon. “LOVELY”

    Vincent Lutjohn - Business Proprietor

    History Of The Building

    This fine example of period architecture was constructed to the design of Caselli and Figgis architects for the intended ownership and occupancy of the Ballaarat Gas Company in 1865.

    In 1901 ANZ Bank occupied the building. Later it changed ownership to Counsel Chambers Pty. Ltd to become tenant occupied by a Men’s Hairdressing establishment.

    Due to the likeness in design of this building with others in Ballaarat it is believed that Caselli & Figgis architects have played a considerable role in the shaping of design and construction of early Ballaarat. Of course with every change of occupancy the original building facade has undergone considerable change.

    Close co-operation of the now occupant The Pancake Kitchen family restaurant group with architect R Danvers and Ballaarat based construction company H Troon, made it possible to respectfully maintain the unique period styling in its interior and exterior. (Building regulations taken into consideration). By doing so it achieved the desired warm and welcome look that is present in so many of the other period renovations that have and are currently going on in this beautiful Gold Rush City of Ballaarat.

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