When I first came across a photo of YogurStory’s purple looking mess of a pancake, I knew that I had to have them when I was in Honolulu. No questions asked.
Somewhere in between not yet having a rental car and getting lost walking around in the heat for a good half hour, we missed out on having lunch at YogurStory on our first day. Fortunately we made it back here on time the next day for these fabulous ube pancakes and seared pork belly eggs benedict 😛
The place was already quite packed when we arrived just before noon. So we waited on the seats outside for approximately 10 minutes before being called in. The inside was surprisingly spacious, with tables scattered around and extra seating available upstairs.
I unintentionally captured the manager (dressed in orange) in this shot! 🙊
We were seated in a quiet corner near a tree adorned with some pretty bird figurines on it. Overall I really liked the decor and feel of the bistro. The place was stylish yet still had a relaxing ambience to it. I also found the service here to be top notch. In particular, our own server was very friendly and welcoming. He made us feel right at home here.
We don’t have half-and-half cream back home in Australia so you can only imagine my delight when I saw that our table had some capsules on it. It’s no mystery where the missing ones went hehe 😉
On the menu, this popular dish is listed under the house specialties as Ube Pancakes. The pancakes themselves are made out of Okinawan sweet potatoes, ube puree and ube extract. The stack of five mini pancakes are covered entirely by a rich purple ube coconut sauce and served with a few berries on the side. Now for those of you who don’t know – ube is a Filipino word for a type of purple yam. The idea of serving these purple pancakes came from the executive chef in the kitchen – Andy Dalan, who had always wanted to serve ube pancakes on the menu as a tribute to his Filipino roots.
Ube Pancakes $12
The pancakes themselves were quite light, fluffy and purple all the way through – even underneath the heavy coat of sauce. It was my first time having anything ube-flavoured before and I can safely say that it won’t be the last. Although the sauce was very sweet and fragrant, I felt as though the kitchen could have cut back on the amount that was plated on each dish. Halfway through, I had already felt myself getting full and frankly also a bit bored of tasting the same mouthful bite after bite. Preferably I would’ve liked a few more berries on the side to counter the overall richness of the sauce.
“BAE” Eggs Benedict $14
We also ordered the “BAE” eggs benedict which consisted of seared pork belly served with house potatoes. Ahh I honestly could’ve eaten a whole plate of that pork belly! It was just so incredibly juicy and well-cooked – and the dish was a nice savoury alternative to have alongside the sweet ube pancakes.
We loved the food here so much that we came back to eat here again on our second last day! But I will write more about that later on.. 🙂
Where else would you find purple ube pancakes being served at?
815 Keeaumoku St,
Honolulu HI 96814