Gram’s Japanese souffle pancake chain opens store in Brentwood
It was long overdue, but Metro Vancouver is now home to two other Gram CafÃ© & Pancakes, a Japanese import that set its sights on the region almost three years ago.
Gram, which specializes in incredibly thick, creamy and wobbly puffed pancakes, announced in 2019 its plans to open four branches in the Metro Vancouver area. While the first, at the Aberdeen Center in Richmond, started in early 2020, before the pandemic.
There are now two more Gram locations. The first is the Kensington Gardens location at 2218 Kingsway in Vancouver, which is located in the ground floor retail space of a mixed-use townhouse and tower condo development that houses also a T&T supermarket.
The Kingsway Gram was not on the original creperie plan for Vancouver; their first advertised location, which was to be 1284 Robson Street, has since disappeared from the list of locations and commercial property has returned to the market. Gram was launched at Kensington Gardens in 2021.
Meanwhile, Gram has just started making her own piles of fluffy pancakes in North Burnaby at the sprawling Amazing Brentwood development, at unit 1227, 4580 Brentwood Blvd, and the the site is in its “soft opening” phase.
Gram makes a limited number of orders of their signature puffed pancakes – called “Premium Pancakes” – available each day, and since they’re made to order, you might have to wait a bit if you’re among the lucky few.
In addition to these ‘Premium Pancakes’, Gram’s full menu includes other pancake sizes, such as ‘Premium Smile’ Stuffed Pancakes, Classic Pancakes, Pancakes topped with Sweet or Savory Toppings or Stuffed with Toppings, as well as bubble tea drinks, frozen puffed pancakes, cream sandwiches, French toast, soups and coffee drinks.
As promised, their Premium Pancakes are a show. They melt in your mouth and strike a nice balance between salty and sweet, and they’re definitely a sight to see when they land on your table, squirming and squirming and looking like they can rock at any moment.
Other offerings, like their traditional pancakes with toppings, make good use of fun flavor profiles, like a baked apple with Earl Gray tea cream and ice cream, or a tastier pancake set with slices of bacon. thick and juicy and creamy golden scrambled eggs. .
While the Amazing Brentwood Gram has a robust menu with all the chain’s staples and more, the Kensington Gardens Outpost has a more limited menu. Both have the ability to order online, and Kensington has delivery via third-party apps available.
A fourth Gram appears to be still in the works for the region; at 2145 W. 41st Ave in Kerrisdale, one of the original lots of four Gram locations is still “coming soon.”