I'm a bit of a sucker for pancakes, so I knew I had to try it when I first heard about the Gram Cafe in the Stonestown Galleria Mall in San Francisco. So full of excitement, my fiance and I decided to go there for Saturday brunch.
As we entered the restaurant, I was immediately taken with the decor. It was super cute and gave you that Japanese cafe vibe. On the wall, they proudly printed that they were going to deliver a texture sensation you've never experienced before and that they hoped their pancakes make us happy, so cute. Originally we had planned to try some of the pancakes before getting lunch somewhere else. What we learned, though, is that due to the complicated cooking process (they cook them in a unique mold), it takes about 30 min for the pancakes to be ready. This means that every pancake they serve is fresh and made to order, which in my opinion can only be considered a good thing. But sitting there smelling all the delicious food also made us very hungry. Since it was almost lunchtime, we decided to use this as the perfect excuse to try some of their other dishes. To my surprise, they have a great selection of more traditional Japanese dishes, such as Bento boxes, curries, and noodles, which all looked amazing. In the end, I ordered the Mentaiko Spaghetti with spicy cod roe and tobiko, and my fiance ordered the Wagyu beef curry with a cup of Sightglass coffee on the side. The food was delicious, looked incredible, and honestly super affordable. It was outstanding value given the food quality and the sheer deliciousness. My fiance particularly enjoyed the Onsen egg, which was well made and just made the dish better. The portion sizes were perfect, not too much and not too little. Once we finished our meals, we were ready to try the pancakes out. There are a lot of options available. After speaking to the staff, we decided to try one of their more popular dishes, which isn't featured on the menu (so make sure to ask!), the Premium Mango pancake. It came in a stack of two, perfect for sharing, with a mango sauce, cream, and mango sorbet. It was divine. It's honestly hard to describe the texture, and it was like a mix between a marshmallow and a cloud. It indeed was a texture sensation that I had never experienced before. It was super fluffy, super light, and just incredibly delicious. As corny as it sounds, it did make me happy!