SUNDAY evenings back in the day when I was a grade fiver in East London were pancake nights.
My gran used to prepare a huge jug of the creamy mixture in the afternoon and all that my brothers, sisters and I had to do was cut up the lemons, mix the cinnamon and sugar together, and assign the eldest, Roger, to produce the magic in a pan.
Of course, the fact that the magic often ended up on the kitchen ceiling due to his dubious (and hilarious) flipping skills was all part of the fun.
That recollection came back as I found myself in something of a pancake paradise in PE's bustling foodie hub, Richmond Hill, this week, scanning the menu with dear friend Linda-Louise at Posh The Eatery in Stanley Street.
Now, while this venture did have a pancake focus when it first opened, it has broadened its repertoire considerably and today offers a broad range of tantalising options from breakfasts, starters and salads to main courses, "posh" burgers and desserts.
But make no mistake, there is still an intriguing list of pancake dishes – from salad to "hearty" to "sweet treat" – so you have plenty of options, no matter what the mood of your appetite.
Linda was pleased to see there were several vegetarian choices and selected the Quinoa Salad (R60), made up of roasted veggies, cashew nuts, feta and rocket. It was tricky with such a readable menu before me, but ever the lamb-lover, I settled on one of the hearty pancakes, Moroccan Lamb (R70), garnished with roasted almonds and served with a red onion, tomato and lemon preserve salsa.
Our attentive waitress Grace served up the dishes with just the right timing, and the presentation alone got the salivary glands going.
Linda declared her crisp, colourful salad quite delicious – a burst of all sorts of different flavours.
My pancake was light and thinly textured (reminiscent of Roger's on a good Sunday), and the filling quite out of this world. The generous, succulent lamb was as tender as could be, with the almonds and mild salsa adding the ideal touch of zest to the meat.
I only have a very occasional sweet tooth, but Linda always looks forward to something to end off her meal (the more chocolatey, the better!) so we decided – given the choice of sweet pancakes – why not?
She ordered the Chocolate Ganache (R45) – of course! – while I selected the Caramel and Cinnamon Banana with ice-cream (R35).
"Pure decadence!" was Linda's verdict of her deep- fried, chocolate-crammed pancake, served with ice-cream and a rum, honey and orange sauce – none of which went to waste.
My dessert was also a dreamy affair and, somewhat pleasingly for me, a sweet finale without being too rich.
With its stylish and calming decor and old world dining-out touches such as small book bundles on the tables, this was a most satisfying eating-out experience all round.
And just to give you an example of some of the tempting mains, there's anything from seafood linguini and chicken tikka masala, to blue cheese and pecan stuffed beef fillet.
Restaurant reviews are unannounced and meals paid for in full.
Contact Posh The Eatery on (041)582-5005.