When was the last time you had a great pancake? One of those pancakes where the edges are burnt, buttery, and smothered in your favorite syrup? Well, I had one but quite the opposite. It was in the form of a Souffle which is most commonly known as a baked-egg dish. I was scrolling through social media and I seen a Souffle Pancake and I put emphasis on myself to make sure that I found exactly where it was so I could try it. Unfortunately, all of the places that I researched offered that specific dish in other countries such as Japan. If you would’ve seen the sadness on my face, I’m pretty sure you would’ve purchased me a ticket to fly to Japan. Well, the Food Gawds came to my rescue because as I kept scrolling I found a place in San Francisco that offered it!
Chambers, located off of Eddy St in San Francisco, has a innovative seasonal menu with French, Mediterranean & Japanese influences. I never traveled to San Francisco before this time so I figured it would be a good place to travel to. As I walked towards the restaurant I noticed that the surrounding areas looked like an old drug infested city with old motels and people all over the place. I kid you not. I was questioning myself wondering if I was in the right area, but Google Maps tells no tales. When I walked through the “secret entrance” of the restaurant, which is attached to a “motel straight from the 1960’s” it was an absolute gorgeous sight. High Ceilings, nice lounge area, and a nice bar area. It put me at ease when I seen how beautiful the restaurant was, even though it was the post economic side of World War 4 outside of the doors.
Two dishes were ordered from this restaurant. The Souffle Pancake of course, and the Pork Belly dish. I’ll start with the main event. The Souffle Pancake, which takes 35 minutes to make, was the softest, fluffiest, and sweetest pancake I’ve ever tasted. The inside wasn’t hard, but yet very soft, and the dish was topped with a homemade vanilla ice cream. This dish could pass for a dessert, so if you have a sweet tooth, you’ve come to the right place. The pancake was surrounded by your favorite berries and apples which added more sweetness to the dish. I had a chance to meet the chef behind this dish and he explained to me how he came up with the concept for this item. He told me that it’s a fan favorite and he took his Japanese style of cooking and incorporated it with an american dish. He told me the reason it takes so long to make is because the whole pancake is baked in a 400 degree oven. I applaud the time and effort it took to make this dish because words can’t describe how good it was.
The next dish was the Pork Belly. It came with two eggs, which I had poached, kale, and potatoes. Because I’m not big on potatoes with breakfast I opted to have more Kale put on my plate. The dish came with a Gochujang sauce, which was similar to a sweet and spicy sauce, and also came with Caramelized Onions. The onions didn’t over power the dish but worked well with the Kale. The kale however wasn’t sauteed all the way through as you can taste the crispiness of it as well. I would’ve liked to see this dish presented a different way than what it was. The overall flavors were there, but the presentation sucked. The pork belly was moist, but most of it was fat.
Overall, this restaurant is a go to if you’ve never had a Souffle Pancake. If you’ve had a Souffle Pancake than it’s okay to pass on this one.