The Japanese Cult Souffle-Pancake Parlor Gram opens its second restaurant in Sydney in the CBD next week
After Scarlett Zhao first tasted Gram’s thick, wobbly pancake soufflés at her original Osaka store, she returned to Sydney with a mission: to find something so good. Nothing rivaled the taste and texture of what she had tried at Gram, which launched in Osaka in 2014 and now has over 60 stores worldwide. So she took matters into her own hands and took charge of bringing the channel to Australia.
Zhao, now owner and CEO of Gram Australia, opened Gram in Chatswood in 2020 and claims the restaurant sells over 5,000 pancakes a day. Now, everything is set to launch an outpost on the ground floor of The Galeries Mall on Monday, October 11 – with three more stores to come in the next two years.
“The Galleries location is young, trendy and vibrant – all the traits we wanted for our second location,” Zhao said. Large format. “We were also looking to be more central and give people in the surrounding suburbs the chance to taste our pancakes without traveling too much. “
The Galeries de Gram menu offers the original soufflés, as well as several other flavors (think matcha, biscoff, tiramisu). There are also savory pancakes (including an Egg Benedict version), French toast, and a variety of drinks, such as coffee and smoothies. A new addition to the Galeries-only menu is perfect for a mid-store snack break: a stack of three chewy pancakes, filled with Nutella cream and topped with banana and hazelnuts. It’s aptly called The Galeries Premium Pancake.
A special take-out menu, including a box of mini pancakes, was also created with the busy CBD crowd in mind.
Zhao’s favorite way to eat pancakes is with a side of strawberries, a scoop of matcha ice cream, and piping hot coffee.
To ensure the unique taste and texture of pancakes, Grams chefs follow a secret recipe that combines precise measurements of flour, milk and eggs. The egg white paste is whipped, steamed under specially designed metal domes, and then baked until golden brown to achieve the cloudy texture they are famous for.
The new Galeries space was designed by Adesigneory Studio and accommodates 80 people. It continues with the dark green theme of its Chatswood counterpart, with plants hanging from the ceiling, forest green banquettes, and graphic green shapes streaking the walls. Stacks of fluffy fake pancakes are arrayed across the room and neon lights illuminate the space.
Gram aux Galeries open Monday, October 11.
Gram Café & Crêpes Les Galeries
RG016 Store, Ground Floor, The Galeries, 500 George Street, Sydney
From Mon to Thu from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
From Friday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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