Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Japanese Pancakes (Hot Cakesホットケーキ) at Pinocchio/Pinokioピノキオ, Tokyo JAPAN

Japanese Pancakes (Hot Cakesホットケーキ)
Owner Making Pancakes on an old style flat griddle!
Personally, I am not into pancakes (American pancakes), and I thought I will never be a fan of pancake. What really changed my view on pancakes is this small shop in Tokyo called Pinocchio/Pinokioピノキオ(Itabashi area). Their thick, fluffy pancakes are extraordinary! From the process of making the pancake, its beautiful color , delicious and crispy & spongy texture, I can't believe I fell in love!

Pinocchio is a small cafe that was opened by a Japanese couple who are now 70+ years old already. (They seriously look a lot younger and healthier than it sounds!) Anyway, the shop has been around for over 40 years and operated by the couple without any additional staffs. Their pancakes are extremely famous and people from the world will specially make a trip to their shop and try their pancake!
Pinocchio's owners, a couple who opened this shop for over 40 years!
If you are planning to take train. The nearest station is Oyama Station. It takes around 10 minutes to walk to the cafe from that station. While walking, you will probably notice you are in a residential area with only local shops, houses, and apartments. When you arrive, you will find the entrance at the first floor of an apartment building.
Once you go inside the cafe, it feels like you enter into another world. It is like time travel back to the Showa era. The cafe is cozy with wooden classic interior and decorated with vintage items like coin telephone.

Interior seating
Pinocchio wooden toy at the counter seat!
The menu includes spaghetti, sandwiches, and toast, but let's focus here, we are here for their specialty: pancake, or in Japanese, they call it ホットケーキhot cake. But just a quick tip, the pancake will take more than 20 minutes to make. If you are really hungry, I guess it's not a bad idea to order something like a sandwich. For me, I just ordered a hot chocolate & ice coffee and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere.
Hot Chocolate
Ice Coffee with tiny Bell Creamer of milk!

If the shop is not busy, you can actually get a sneak peek of the open kitchen, where your pancakes are made!! Before anything, it's always nice to first ask if photography is allowed before taking photos. ^^
Making pancake at open kitchen
Batter on the griddle. It's amazing to see how well the shape is holding up when the batter is still watery!
After flipping over, the pancake looks too beautiful to ignore! It looks like a really thick Dorayaki cake!
When the steamy pancakes are served, they are stacked together and topped with a slice of butter & maple syrup! As you can see, each pancake is about 3cm thick. It really takes years of skills and experience to achieve this pancake perfection!

Stacking two 3-cm thick pancakes
Let's talk about the texture first. It's still blowing my mind right now! The outside is crispy, and the inside is fluffy and spongy like a cake. It is more like a snack rather than dessert or breakfast. It is not too sweet and has an addicting texture that you can't stop eating!

Check out what it looks like inside!
After trying their pancake, I don't think I can ever go back to American pancake. I had been craving for their pancake ever since the first time I had it...

Pinocchio/Pinokio ピノキオ 

Phone: +81 3-3974-9336 


  1. Those pancakes look so tasty. Would love to try them and trying them inJapan would be even better.

  2. Wow... I really wanna try those!

  3. I would love to try these yummy pancakes at Pinocchio in Tokyo! My mouth is watering!

  4. I missed out on these on my trip to Japan

  5. Puffiness of those pancakes are luring me :)

  6. They look amazing :o, in Poland pancakes are flat :(... I must try them

  7. These look insane! Would love to smother them in some Canadian maple syrup :)

  8. Those Japanese Pancakes look so delicious! I wanna try them.

  9. Spongey and fluffy pancakes.. I'd love to try.

  10. Those ホットケーキ look amazing! I don't think we could ever get them to rise that much at home!

  11. I have been curious about "Japenese pancakes" since seeing them on Pinterest. Now I want to try them even more!

  12. Well, this really made me feel starving 😅😂

  13. Those look amazing!! I bet they're super fluffy.

  14. They're very thick!! I bet they can be eat as a proper meal, I'm full by just watching at your photos. Japanese are amazing when it comes to aging, they can either be 16 or 60 for what you can guess

  15. These sound fabulous, wish I was a bit closer!